Who are MLS's most underrated players in 2022?
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Updated October 24, 2022
BRANDON BYE AT A GLANCE:
MLS CAREER: Selected by the New England Revolution in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft…Became the first Western Michigan player ever selected in the MLS SuperDraft…Career regular season totals include 134 appearances, 120 starts, seven goals, and 15 assists across 10,805 minutes played…Also owns four postseason appearances, including two starts…In 2022, made 29 appearances, all starts, and scored two goals with seven assists in 2,565 minutes played…Set a single-season club record for assists by a defender, shared with teammate DeJuan Jones…In 2021, appeared in 29 games, including 27 starts, with two goals and three assists over 2,477 minutes played…Made 22 appearances, including 18 starts, in 2020…Made career-high 30 starts and scored two goals with two assists in second professional season in 2019…Made 24 appearances, starting 16, as a rookie in 2018.
2022: Made 29 appearances, all starts, with two goals and seven assists over 2,565 minutes played…Matched his career high of two goals scored just six appearances into the season...Seven assists were a new career-high and single-season club record, shared with teammate DeJuan Jones…Ranked fourth on the team in minutes played…Ranked among top MLS defenders in successful crosses, and chances created….Also logged an additional two appearances in SCCL play…Tallied two assists in two games during U.S. Open Cup play...(2/26) at POR: Netted New England’s first goal of the season in the 2-2 road draw…(3/19) at CLT: Surpassed 8,500 minutes played in MLS….(4/16) vs. CLT: Logged his first assist of the season on Adam Buksa’s eight-minute goal en route to the 2-1 win…(4/23) at DC: Scored second goal of the season, matching career-best mark for a single season…Played all 90 minutes with a season-high of four shots, two on target…(4/30) vs. MIA: Started and played all 90 minutes in the 2-0 win, New England’s second clean sheet of the season...(5/11) vs. CIN: Registered two assists in his fourth career U.S. Open Cup appearance...(5/15) at ATL: Surpassed 9,000 minutes played in MLS...(5/21) at CIN: Assisted on all three goals, including an 89th-minute winner, to set a new career high for helpers in a single game...(7/9) at NYC: Matched career high with two shots on target...(7/16) at PHI: Set a new career high with his fifth assist of the season…(8/13) vs. DC: Assisted Carles Gil’s game-winning goal in 1-0 win…Marked 125th appearance in MLS…(10/9) at CHI: Distributed seventh assist of the season to match DeJuan Jones for the club’s single-season record by a defender…Made 120th MLS start…Played all 90 minutes…Tallied two shots for the third consecutive game.
2021: Appeared in 29 games, including 27 starts, with two goals and a career-high three assists over 2,477 minutes played…Ranked fourth on the team in minutes played and tied for fourth in appearances…(4/17) at CHI: Played 90 minutes in the season opener and recorded two shots in the 2-2 draw…(4/24) vs. DC: Started and paced team with three tackles in the home opener…(5/1) vs. ATL: Scored fourth career goal in the 2-1 win…Recorded team highs in tackles (5), recoveries (9), and interceptions (2)…Also eclipsed 6,000 career minutes played…(5/16) vs. CLB: Registered first assist of the season on Adam Buksa’s game-winning goal in the 1-0 win…(5/29) at CIN: Recorded a single-game-high five shots in the 1-0 win…(7/3) at CLB: Made 75th career MLS start in the 2-2 draw…(7/31) at NY: Scored second goal of the season, an equalizer in the 84th minute of the 3-2 win…(9/18) vs. CLB: Registered two shots, one on goal, in 1-1 draw…Marked 18th consecutive 90-minute performance…(9/25) vs. ORL: Logged 100th MLS appearance and played all 90 minutes in 2-1 victory…(9/29) at MTL: Registered career-high third assist of the season in 4-1 win…(10/20) at DC: Surpassed 8,000 career minutes played in the 3-2 win on the road…Started and played all 90 minutes…Logged one shot on goal…(10/27) vs. COL: Logged 90th start in MLS…(11/7) vs. MIA: Played all 90 minutes in the Decision Day contest…Postseason: (11/30) vs. NYC: Collected his second postseason start and played 120 minutes in the 2-2 draw in the Eastern Conference Semifinal.
2020: Made 22 appearances, playing in all but one regular season games, with 18 starts…Totaled 1,636 minutes played…The only Revolution player to start each of the team’s first 17 games…Registered 13 90-minute performances…Ranked fourth on the team in minutes played…Recorded one assist…Ranked tied for second in MLS with 79 aerial duels won, and tied for seventh league-wide with 131 duels won…Ranked tied for fourth among MLS defenders in big chances created (6)…(3/7) vs. CHI: Recorded first assist of the season in a 1-1 draw during the home opener…(9/27) at DC: Recorded fifth consecutive 90-minute shift in New England’s fifth clean sheet of the season…(10/3) vs. NSH: Started and played 82 minutes in the team’s second straight shutout and sixth clean sheet of the season…(10/14) at MTL: Played 14 minutes off the bench in his first appearance as a substitute in 2020…(11/1) vs. DC: Registered 75th appearance in MLS…Postseason: (11/29) at ORL: Registered a 23-minute shift off the bench in 3-1 win in Conference Semifinal…(12/6) at COL: Played 29 minutes as a substitute in 1-0 loss Conference Final defeat.
2019: Made 30 starts and scored two goals with two assists in 2,657 minutes of action…Saw time at right back, left back, center back, and in the midfield…Ranked second on the team in minutes played and clearances (88)…Played 90 minutes in 21-of-22 games to close the regular season, with another 90-minute outing in Round One of the MLS Cup Playoffs...Also played 47 minutes in U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round win on June 11, and 120 minutes in Round of 16 match at Orlando City SC on June 19…Re-signed with New England in November ahead of the 2020 season…(3/30) vs. MIN: Scored game-winning goal in the 62nd minute of the 2-1 home win…(5/18) at MTL: Helped Revs to a clean sheet at Montreal…(6/26) at PHI: Scored third career goal and second of season…(7/27) vs. ORL: Registered first assist of the season on Cristian Penilla’s game-winning goal…(8/17) at NY: Made first MLS start at center back…(8/24) vs. CHI: Notched second assist of the season…(9/21) vs. RSL: Marked 50th regular season appearance…Postseason: (10/19) at ATL: Made postseason debut with 90-minute start at right back.
2018: Rookie totals included 24 appearances with 16 starts, one goal, and two assists in 1,470 minutes played…Recorded the third most appearances and minutes played among all members of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft class…Registered eight consecutive starts at left back between Aug. 4 and Sept. 22…Appeared in 16 consecutive matches to close the season…Played 90 minutes in U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match at Louisville on June 5… Finished the 2018 MLS Combine as the only player to place in the top 10 in speed (fourth), agility (3rd), and power (8th) tests…(3/3) at PHI: Made professional debut as a second-half substitute…Played 35 minutes and recorded one shot on goal…(3/10) vs. COL: Made first career start and played all 90 minutes at right back in the 2-1 win…Recorded three shots...(5/19) vs. CLB: Made second career MLS start and played 90 minutes at right wing back…Voted Man of the Match…(5/26) at VAN: Made a second consecutive start at right wing back and submitted first career MLS assist in the 3-3 draw…(8/4) at ORL: Registered first career start at left back and tallied second assist in the 3-3 draw...(9/15) at LAFC: Scored first professional goal, an equalizer in the 82nd minute to secure a 1-1 draw.
COLLEGE CAREER (WESTERN MICHIGAN): Played four seasons at Western Michigan and became the first MLS SuperDraft selection in school history…Helped lead WMU to its first MAC regular season championship, NCAA Tournament win, and national top-five ranking…Recorded 22 career goals and 19 assists in 67 appearances from 2014-17…Named a team captain during senior season and was named a Hermann Trophy semifinalist after pacing the MAC with 12 goals and 31 points…Earned first-team All-American nods from United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News as a senior…Recognized as the Division I National Scholar Player of the Year in 2017…Led WMU in points as a junior after scoring eight goals with five assists…Earned All-Mid-American Conference Second Team honors as a sophomore…Played in eight games as a freshman in 2014.
Personal: Born in Kalamazoo, Mich. …Co-founder of the Aspiras Foundation, which he started in college and is dedicated in providing opportunities to young generations of developing communities through soccer, education, and social inclusion…Attended Portage Northern High School...Led Portage Northern in scoring during junior and senior seasons, and earned All-State and Academic All-State in each year…Also played football, basketball, and ran track in high school…Played for Alliance FC and Kalamazoo Kingdom at the club level…Maintained a 3.74 GPA with a double major in Food & Consumer Packing Goods and Marketing & Supply Chain Management at Western Michigan.
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