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22 Under 22 - 2019 Rankings

A speedy and physical left back, Vines enjoyed a breakout campaign with the Rapids in 2019. The Homegrown Player appeared in 26 matches, starting 23, and parlayed his strong play into call-ups with the US Under-23 national team. To become an elite player at his position, Vines will need to improve in the technical and tactical aspects of the game. Full stats and highlights

The Bologna man arrived in Montreal on loan prior to the 2019 season looking to gain experience after struggling for playing time in Serie A. The versatile attacker is most comfortable on the wing and pitched in eight goals for the Impact, including one of the goals of the season against the Portland Timbers in June. It remains unclear if he will return to play under Thierry Henry in 2020. Full stats and highlights

Bassett is perhaps the most promising of the Rapids’ young cohort, bursting onto the scene after signing with the first team in August 2018. He scored a goal in last year’s final match and went into this season hoping to carve out a starting role. Making 14 starts among a veteran midfield, Bassett has shown the ability to be a hub for possession while also being a useful piece in the team’s press. He spent time this offseason training with the Arsenal Under-23 team. Full stats and highlights

Timbers fans are likely biting their fingernails this offseason, as Paredes’ status for the 2020 season is up in the air. The Paraguayan international has spent the last two seasons in Portland on loan from Mexican giants Club America and the club is locked in discussions to bring him back next year. Paredes has proven to be a solid piece in the Timbers central midfield next to Diego Chara over the last two seasons, as he seems to show up everywhere on the field. Full stats and highlights

Servania got off to a disappointing start in 2019, failing to win a starting role in the FC Dallas midfield as fellow Homegrown Edwin Cerrillo beat him out in training camp. But the midfielder saw his year change when he left for the U-20 World Cup with the U-20 national team. He started three of five games for Tab Ramos, including USA’s upset win over France, came back to the States and earned a starting role. Servania has a rocket of a right foot, which helped him earn starts in 13 of FCD’s final 18 matches. His long-term position could either be at the No. 6 or No. 8. Full stats and highlights

One of the most exciting wingers in MLS, Diaz proved to be a terror on the right wing for the Crew after he was acquired via transfer from Herediano in July. His two goals and four assists helped the Crew to earn 1.56 points per game in his starts, a massive difference from the .96 ppg in matches he did not. His speed and crossing ability helped him break into the Costa Rican national team in the fall and he should be a key cog for Caleb Porter in 2020. Full stats and highlights

Despite his age, McKenzie has proven to be a cerebral presence at center back with every team has played for. Though he was struggling with an injury, the Delaware native was named the captain for the US Under-20 side at the World Cup over the summer. The 20-year-old finally re-gained a starting role towards the end of the season and helped the Union win their first playoff match in club history. He will be counted on to be a full-time starter in 2020, as Auston Trusty has been traded, which should allow him to showcase his exceptional passing ability. Full stats and highlights

Mihailovic battled back from a devastating knee injury to make an impact for the Fire at the end of the 2018 season and he carried that momentum into a 2019 season that saw him play the most minutes of his career by far. The Homegrown’s development will be key for the Fire going forward, as he either projects as a No. 8 or a No. 10. Having already earned caps with the USMNT, the midfielder will have a key role as the US U-23s attempt to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 2008. Full stats and highlights

Toye’s performance against LAFC was one for the ages, as his scintillating brace handed the Supporters’ Shield winners their only home loss during the regular season. The young striker possesses all the physical qualities any manager would want and showed a knack for scoring big goals during the U.S. Open Cup and regular season, but his consistency and hold-up play will need to improve if he hopes to be an every-game starter for Minnesota United FC. Full stats and highlights

Alvarez is subject to one of the most high profile tug of wars between the US and Mexican federations in recent years. The LA Galaxy attacking midfielder appeared with US youth national teams before switching allegiances to Mexico, most recently helping the U-17s reach the World Cup final last month. His thumping left foot strikes fear in the heart of defenses, either placing the ball perfectly to teammates or powering it into the back of the net. His ultimate decision between the two countries will be the subject of much discussion over the next couple of years, as he tries to improve on the defensive side of the game and his conditioning. Full stats and highlights

NYCFC’s first Homegrown signing, Sands started just about every game for the Cityzens before suffering multiple injuries over the summer. Nominally a defensive midfielder, Dome Torrent trusted the teenager to move back and play in the middle of a back three for much of his playing time during the season. While his passing ability is exceptional, Sands will need to become a more physical presence if he hopes to become a top MLS player and break through on the international level. Full stats and highlights

When Tyler Adams left for Germany, many people figured Casseres Jr. was the obvious replacement. He was in and out of the lineup to start the year, but eventually earned Chris Armas’ trust and started 14 of the last 17 matches. The central midfielder can play as a No. 6 or a No. 8 and covers every blade of grass on the field for the highest-pressing team in the league. The 19-year-old should become a full Venezuelan international in short order. Full stats and highlights

Is he the next great American No. 10? That’s what Sporting are hoping Busio becomes as the 17-year-old continues to develop over the next couple of years. After carving out a role in Sporting’s 2019 midfield rotation and playing nearly 1,000 minutes, the next step for Busio is to win a starting job in 2020 and beyond. Subject of transfer rumors this offseason, the US U-17 international still needs to develop physically to become a true difference-maker at the professional level. Full stats and highlights

The son of a former MLS MVP, Ferreira signed with FCD as a 15-year-old back in 2016. He barely got on the field for Oscar Pareja in 2017 or 2018, but Luchi Gonzalez turned to the young forward in 2019 and he proved to be one of the most reliable pieces for the first-year head coach. Ferreira came into the league as a No. 9, but he ended up playing many of minutes in the midfield, showing his versatility in addition to his natural goalscoring instincts. Full stats and highlights

We haven’t seen much of Lappalainen, but the little we have seen has been impressive. Joining Montreal on loan last July, the young Finnish international scored five goals in just under 700 minutes and will be back with the Impact for at least the first half of 2020. The winger possesses exceptional speed on the wing and has flashed the finishing ability that could make him an elite player in MLS. After helping them qualify for the Euros for the first time, he could feature for Finland at next summer’s tournament. Full stats and highlights

Bursting onto the scene in 2019, Aaronson rose from unknown to US international in less than seven months. The central midfielder earned more minutes than Mexican international Marco Fabian under Jim Curtin, helping the club reach heights previously unseen. His future position is still uncertain, as he could feature as a No. 8 or No. 10, but his motor and soccer IQ should ensure that he’ll always be among the Union’s top players. Full stats and highlights

Castellanos arrived with little fanfare in the summer of 2018 and provided little among a crowded NYCFC depth chart. He entered 2019 looking to prove he belongs and did not disappoint, as a move up top unlocked his full potential. Either playing by himself as No. 9 or pairing with Heber, the Argentine’s movement vexed opposing defenses — along with an ability to link up and play provider in the final third. A member of the Argentina U-23 national team, his potential is seemingly limitless. Full stats and highlights

Moving up two spots in this year’s rankings, Cannon is coming off a stellar year at the club and international levels. 2019 was his second year as his full-time starter at right back and he was asked to be more of a factor in FCD’s attack in Luchi Gonzalez’s system. Pairing that improvement with his defensive ability saw him earn a call-up to the USMNT and he ended up being a starter in the Gold Cup final. His play has led to reports of a move overseas this offseason. Full stats and highlights

US men’s national team fans know Rodriguez’s name after he scored a special goal against Gregg Berhalter’s team with Uruguay back in September. He’s since added two more for his home country. While he’s just registered just one assist in MLS, it’s clear the voters saw his potential when putting together their rankings. The right-footed winger is able to ease by defenders in 1v1 situations and finishing at a high rate. His growth will be one of the stories to watch in 2020 as LAFC look to build off an incredible 2019. Full stats and highlights

Pomykal had started just two MLS matches before the 2019 season. He ended it as one of the most high-profile American players in the league. The Dallas Homegrown came up as a winger/attacking midfielder but his future seems to lie in central midfield after displaying a tenacious appetite to press opponents into submission and then creating chances for his team through it. An important cog for the US U-20s at the most recent World Cup, Pomykal is on the brink of becoming a key player for the USMNT if he can stay healthy. Full stats and highlights

Barco was brought to Atlanta two seasons ago, and despite his eight-figure transfer free, we’ve yet to see his full potential with the Five Stripes. His quality is undeniable, as evidenced by his performancances with the Argentina youth national teams, but his production has been lacking despite his physical and technical abilities. His assist in Round One of the playoffs was special, and Atlanta will be hoping the attacking midfielder can do that on a more consistent basis in 2020. Full stats and highlights

The Uruguayan finished third in last year’s rankings behind Alphonso Davies and Tyler Adams and he raised his game in 2019 to earn the No. 1 spot this year. One of the catalysts of the best regular season team in MLS history, Rossi’s 16 goals were the fourth-most in the league. He might just be the fastest player in the league and the goal he scored to give LAFC the lead against the LA Galaxy showed how he has improved his finishing. An eight-figure transfer could come any day now. Full stats and highlights

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