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.
- READ: Yedlin forces O'Neill to pay up for Super Bowl bet
- WATCH: O'Neill opens his pro account in style
- WATCH: Trivia Challenge: O'Neill guesses how many MLS coaches played in the league
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