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Beginning Monday we will be revealing the top 24 young players in MLS as selected by a panel of soccer media members across the US and Canada.

Players who are 23 years of age and younger are eligible for this year’s ranking as of October 23, the final day of the 2016 MLS regular season. It's the same age limit used around the world for the Olympic soccer tournament and the PFA Young Player of the Year award in England.

The player rankings will be unveiled beginning with Nos. 16-24 on Monday, 11-15 on Tuesday, 6-10 on Wednesday and the top five ranked players announced on Thursday.

Past No. 1 ranked players include US national team players Brek Shea (2011), Darlington Nagbe (2013) and DeAndre Yedlin (2014), and Colombian international Fabian Castillo (2015).

Evaluation Criteria

All MLS players aged 23 or younger before October 23, 2016 were eligible for consideration. The final list of 24 players is determined by a panel made up of top soccer media members and the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff. The panel ranked the eligible players based on the following criteria:

  • Technical: first touch, dribbling, shooting, heading
  • Soccer IQ: positioning, reading game, situational understanding, tactical awareness
  • Physical Attributes: balance, agility, speed, endurance, strength, vertical leap
  • Personality: attitude, marketability, media savviness, charisma, intangibles
  • Potential: improvability, ceiling, national team potential, potential transfer value

Voting Media Members

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN.com)
Andy Edwards (NBC ProSoccer Talk)
Thomas Floyd (Goal.com)
David Gass (ExtraTime Radio host)
Kristan Heneage (freelance journalist)
Cobi Jones (MLS & US Soccer legend)
Kurt Larson (Toronto Sun)
Patrick LeDuc (RDS)
Kyle McCarthy (freelance journalist)

Will Parchman (TopDrawerSoccer.com)
Paul Tenorio (FourFourTwo.com)
Jonathan Yardley (MLS broadcaster)
  * Benjamin Baer (Associate Editor)
  * Simon Borg (Editor-in-Chief)
  * Matt Doyle (Senior Editor)
  * Alicia Rodriguez (Contributor)
  * Nick Rosano (New Media Editor)

50-Player Short List

Anatole Abang (New York Red Bulls, on loan at Hobro IK, Denmark)
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
Luciano Acosta (D.C. United, on loan from Boca Juniors, Argentina)
Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution)
Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes)
Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake)
Federico Bravo (New York City FC, on loan from Boca Juniors, Argentina)
Victor Cabrera (Montreal Impact)
Jonathan Campbell (Chicago Fire)
Jay Chapman (Toronto FC)
Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls)
Marky Delgado (Toronto FC)
Tsubasa Endoh (Toronto FC)
Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution)
Kianz Froese (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake)
Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)
Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas)
Marlon Hairston (Colorado Rapids)
Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC)
Jack Harrison (New York City FC)
Cristian Higuita (Orlando City SC)
Femi Hollinger-Janzen (New England Revolution)
Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)
Mikey Lopez (New York City FC)
Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC)
Jimmy Medranda (Sporting Kansas City)
Lucas Melano (Portland Timbers)
Eric Miller (Colorado Rapids)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)
Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls)
Lucas Ontivero (Montreal Impact, on loan from Galatasaray, Turkey)
Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)
Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)
Rafael Ramos (Orlando City SC)
Rodrigo Ramos (Chicago Fire)
Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC)
Carlos Rivas (Orlando City SC)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC)
Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union)
Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids)
Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres (Houston Dynamo, on loan at Cruz Azul, Mexico)
Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy)
Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire)
Joshua Yaro (Philadelphia Union)
Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)