24 Under 24, presented by adidas: #19 Shane O'Neill, Colorado Rapids

24 Under 24, presented by adidas: #19 Shane O'Neill, Colorado Rapids

19. Shane O'Neill

Pos: D | Colorado Rapids | Age: 20

Last Year in 24U24: N/A  
2014 Stats: Matches played: 18 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 1
Castrol Index (as of 9/24/14): #122


How vital has O’Neill become for the Rapids? Well, they’re 2-9-0 in games he hasn’t played this year. It’s no coincidence that O’Neill was hurt and unavailable during the club's recent seven-game losing streak. Many observers feel that once he fills out and gets a little more experience, he’s a lock for the US national team in the coming years. But what is his best position: outside back or center back? He's lined up in both places.

What technical staffers say: "He's good and strong and very consistent for a young defender. Versatility is sometimes a good thing, but he could benefit from playing in one place for a while. Probably his best fit is at center back."

What Opta Sports says: Ranks fifth among players under 24 with 43.17 passes attempted per game this season.

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