24. Russell Teibert
Pos: M | Vancouver Whitecaps | Age: 21
The critics can be harsh. Last year, the Canadian international was 10th in the 24 Under 24 rankings. Sure, his production is down -- 2G, 9A in 2013; just 2A in 2014 -- but the reality is, he’s been asked to do more in his 4th season with the Caps, mainly serving as a holding mid with increased defensive responsibilities, which has allowed newcomers Pedro Morales, Sebastian Fernandez, and Mauro Rosales to flourish going forward.
What the technical staffers say: "Love him. He's dynamic, skilful and works hard. He can play out wide or in the middle and can even drop to outside back if need be. If he's what the Vancouver academy is going to produce, we should all be on alert."
What Opta Sports says: Ranks fourth among players under 24 in chances created (60) since the start of the 2013 season.
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