24 Under 24 - 2015 Rankings

Fabian Castillo - 2015 - FC Dallas
1 Fabian Castillo FC Dallas
2 Kekuta Manneh Vancouver Whitecaps
3 Sebastian Lletget LA Galaxy
4 Wil Trapp Columbus Crew SC
5 Matt Miazga New York Red Bulls
6 Harry Shipp Chicago Fire
7 Kwadwo Poku New York City FC
8 Perry Kitchen D.C. United
9 Joao Plata Real Salt Lake
10 Cyle Larin Orlando City SC
11 Erick "Cubo" Torres Houston Dynamo
12 Matias Laba Vancouver Whitecaps
13 Juan Agudelo New England Revolution
14 Kellyn Acosta FC Dallas
15 Kemar Lawrence New York Red Bulls
16 Andrew Farrell New England Revolution
17 Diego Fagundez New England Revolution
18 Octavio Rivero Vancouver Whitecaps FC
19 Lucas Melano Portland Timbers
20 Kelyn Rowe New England Revolution
21 Matt Polster Chicago Fire
22 Alvas Powell Portland Timbers
23 Tommy Thompson San Jose Earthquakes
24 Erik Palmer-Brown Sporting KC


The rankings this year, as in past years, are determined by a panel of soccer media members across the US and Canada who regularly cover MLS, including from ESPN, Fox, RDS, SI.com, FoxSports.com, Goal.com, and, of course, the editorial staff at MLSsoccer.com. 

  • Ben Baer, content researcher
  • Matt Doyle, senior editor
  • Jason Saghini, director of video
  • Diego Pinzon, editor, FutbolMLS.com
  • Alicia Rodriguez, contributing editor
  • Jonathan Yardley, contributor / broadcaster
  • Jeff Carlisle (ESPN.com)
  • Brian Dunseth (various)
  • Alexi Lalas (Fox Sports)
  • Kurt Larson (Toronto Sun)
  • Patrick Leduc (RDS)
  • Seth Vertelney (Goal.com)
  • Kyle McCarthy (FoxSoccer.com)
  • Todd Kingston (Opta Sports)
  • Katie Witham (Fox Sports)
  • Franco Panizo (SoccerByIves)
  • Alex Abnos (SI.com)
  • Andy Edwards (NBC ProSoccerTalk)
  • Will Parchman (TopDrawerSoccer)

A 75-player short list (see below) was selected by a preliminary panel of MLSsoccer.com editors and external constituents, and then the larger panel rated the 75 players based on the following criteria:

  • Technical (first touch, dribbling, shooting, heading, etc.)
  • Soccer IQ (positioning, reading game, situational understanding, tactical awareness, etc.)
  • Physical Attributes (balance, agility, speed, endurance, strength, vertical leap, etc.)
  • Personality (attitude, marketability, media savviness, charisma, intangibles, etc.)
  • Potential (improvability, ceiling, national team potential, potential future transfer value, etc.)

The votes were tabulated to establish the final 24 players. The cut-off date for eligibility for this year's was October 25, the final day of the 2015 MLS regular season. 

2015 "24 UNDER 24" SHORT LIST

  • Alejandro Zendejas, FC Dallas
  • Erik Palmer-Brown, Sporting KC
  • Justen Glad, Real Salt Lake
  • Eric Ayuk Mbu, Philadelphia Union
  • Angelino, New York City FC
  • Bradford Jamieson IV, LA Galaxy
  • Anatole Abang, New York Red Bulls
  • Deybi Flores, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Kianz Froese, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Tommy Thompson, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Kellyn Acosta, FC Dallas
  • Matt Miazga, New York Red Bulls
  • Cristian Roldan, Seattle Sounders
  • Marky Delgado, Toronto FC
  • Jordan Allen, Real Salt Lake
  • Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC
  • Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution
  • Sam Adekugbe, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Rafael Ramos, Orlando City SC
  • Shay Facey, New York City FC
  • Zach Pfeffer, Philadelphia Union
  • Kekuta Manneh, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Alvas Powell, Portland Timbers
  • Carlos Rivas, Orlando City SC
  • Dillon Serna, Colorado Rapids
  • Cristian Higuita, Orlando City SC
  • Jay Chapman, Toronto FC
  • Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake
  • Fatai Alashe, San Jose Earthquakes
  • Jose Villarreal, LA Galaxy
  • Amadou Dia, Sporting KC
  • Khiry Shelton, New York City FC
  • Matt Polster, Chicago Fire
  • Juan Ramírez, Colorado Rapids
  • Walker Zimmerman, FC Dallas
  • Lucas Melano, Portland Timbers
  • A.J. Cochran, Houston Dynamo
  • Sean Davis, New York Red Bulls
  • Víctor Cabrera, Montreal Impact
  • Erick Torres, Houston Dynamo
  • Wil Trapp, Columbus Crew SC
  • Eric Miller, Montreal Impact
  • Russell Teibert, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Brian Sylvestre, Philadelphia Union
  • Juan Agudelo, New England Revolution
  • Olmes García, Real Salt Lake
  • Kemar Lawrence, New York Red Bulls
  • Sebastian Lletget, LA Galaxy
  • Jack McInerney, Columbus Crew SC
  • Eriq Zavaleta, Toronto FC
  • Elías Vásquez, Real Salt Lake
  • Fabián Castillo, FC Dallas
  • Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC
  • Alexander López, Houston Dynamo
  • Cristian Techera, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Donny Toia, Montreal Impact
  • Richie Marquez, Philadelphia Union
  • Maxim Tissot, Montreal Impact
  • Fernando Aristeguieta, Philadelphia Union
  • Andrew Farrell, New England Revolution
  • Tesho Akindele, FC Dallas
  • Cedrick Mabwati, Columbus Crew SC
  • Moises Hernandez, FC Dallas
  • Victor Ulloa, FC Dallas
  • Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
  • Perry Kitchen, D.C. United
  • Kwadwo Poku, New York City FC
  • Patrick Mullins, New York City FC
  • Jared Watts, Colorado Rapids
  • Octavio Rivero, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Nicolás Mezquida, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Matías Laba, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Kelyn Rowe, New EnglandRevolution
  • Lucas Pittinari, Colorado Rapids
  • Harry Shipp, Chicago Fire