In the sense that we are in the Embrace Debate Age of sports analysis, the MLS 24 Under 24 roll-out every year is a veritable gold mine of BanterZone Politics.
Given the fact that grading young players is something we do every day here at TDS, it’s an opportunity I’m loathe to pass up.
The 24U24 vote is contentious for two glaring primary reasons: because every player on the list has their own attendant rankings for each different person doing the analysis (which accounts for a tremendous amount of points of diversion), and because 24 isn’t really all that young. The thing you’ll notice, though, is that the top 10 (or at least my top 10) has gradually gotten younger over the years. This is Wil Trapp’s last year of 24U24 eligibility, but the average age of my top 10 is still around 21 years old. And three are American. Not bad.
In the sense that I’ll probably need to explain myself, at least to the extent I can, here’s my top 24. I released my entire ballot last year, but I’ve shortened it to just those who made my final cut this time around for the sake of brevity. Nobody has time for all that. And if you’re wondering why X Player isn’t on the list, these are players that turn 24 after the final day of the 2016 MLS regular season. Sorry Fab Castillo.
Anyhow, my top 24.