24 Under 24: Monday marks the beginning of the countdown of MLS' promising crop of young talent

Darren Mattocks finished top in 2012, Brek Shea was 2011's best and Fredy Montero started the series out with a bang.

Come Monday, the countdown to crown MLSsoccer.com's top 24 Under 24 for 2013 will begin with MLS standouts such as Darlington Nagbe, Jack McInerney, DeAndre Yedlin, Luis Gil and Diego Fagundez among the talented group of players vying for the honor.

Players who are 23 years old and younger as of the final day of the 2013 MLS season – in this case, MLS Cup on Dec. 7 – were eligible for inclusion. Votes were collected from the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and various American soccer media members.

MLSsoccer.com staff and media panelists rated players based on the following five criteria:

  • Technical (skills, dribbling, shooting, first touch, heading, etc.)
  • Tactical (positioning, reading game, soccer IQ, etc.)
  • Physical Attributes (speed, endurance, strength, vertical leap, etc.)
  • Personality (marketability, media savvy, quotability, charisma, intangibles, etc.)
  • Potential (upside, national team potential, potential future transfer value, etc.)

Sept. 16: 21-24 revealed

Sept. 17: 20-16 revealed

Sept. 18: 15-11 revealed

Sept. 19: 10-6 revealed

Sept. 20: 1-5 revealed

Let us know who you think should be No. 1 in the comment section below? Will Mattocks repeat? Who will be this year's dark horse?