MLS NEXT Pro Youngsters to Watch

MLS NEXT Pro Youngsters to Watch
by Victor Olorunfemi
March 23, 2023

The MLS Next Pro aims to be a professional developmental avenue for MLS teams to stash and groom their best young players. And although still in its infancy, there is no doubt that the league contains some of the best prospects the United States has to offer.

It also serves as a testing ground for some of U.S. Soccer's most radical ideas. For example, each tie in the regular season results in a PK shootout, and this season will feature a “pick-your-opponent” modification where some teams can choose who they face in the playoffs. It makes for great entertainment value along with its developmental benefits.

Ahead of the league’s second season, here are 14 MLS Next Pro prospects you may not have heard of but could still become household names.

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