Ranking the Top 50 Prospects in MLS: 2023

Ranking the Top 50 Prospects in MLS: 2023
by Travis Clark
February 20, 2023
Cruz Medina | 2024
F | San Jose
Bento Estrela | 2024
F | NY Red Bulls
Jude Wellings | 2024
Axel Kei | 2026
F | Real Salt Lake
Christian McFarlane | 2025
Nimfasha Berchimas | 2026
F | Charlotte FC
Caden Glover | 2025
Maximo Carrizo | 2026
Matai Akinmboni | 2024
D | DC United

The 2023 Major League Soccer season kicks off this weekend on February 25.

It marks the dawn of a new era for the league, which has shifted television coverage to Apple TV for the bulk of its games.

While that is a big change, TDS returns with a look at the Top 50 prospects in the league. There has been substantial improvement in the league's ability to identify and setup young players on a pathway to success, even if there is ample room to grow.

This year's list follows the following criteria: players must be eligible to play for the United States or Canada, played less than 3,000 MLS minutes, have an MLS contract and born January 1, 2003 or later. Players under an MLS contract but loaned out are also eligible. As always, it's an attempt to identify the top prospects under contract that have bright futures, balanced with projecting contributions in the upcoming season. The lack of preseason games to view did make it a bit more challenging than usual.

Below is a list of the Top 50 prospects that made the list, in alphabetical order. An article will be released each day this week from Monday through Friday.

Top 50 Rankings: Nos. 41-50 | 31-40 | 21-30 | 11-20 | 1-10

Others Considered: Jean-Aniel Assi (CF Montreal), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy), Tega Ikoba (Portland Timbers), Favian Loyola (Orlando City SC), Axel Kei (Real Salt Lake), Anthony Sorenson (Philadelphia Union), Julio Benitez (Real Salt Lake), Brian Romero (Charlotte FC), Nolan Norris (FC Dallas), Tarik Scott (FC Dallas), Edison Azcona (Inter Miami CF), Missael Rodriguez (Chicago Fire), Ozzie Cisneros (Sporting KC), Collin Smith (FC Dallas), Erik Duenas (LAFC), Justin Reynolds (Chicago Fire), Christian Torres (LAFC), Noah Cobb (Atlanta United), Sota Kitahara (Seattle Sounders), Gavin Beavers (Real Salt Lake), Sergio Oregel (Chicago Fire), Tyler Wolff (Atlanta United)

2023 Top 50 MLS Prospects

Matai Akinmboni
Noah Allen
Esmir Bajraktarevic
Reed Baker-Whiting
Nimfasha Berchimas
Christopher Brady
Noel Buck
Matteo Campagna
Antonio Carrera
Maximo Carrizo
Juan Castilla
Justin Che
Brandan Craig
Benjamin Cremaschi
Daniel Edelman
Bento Estrela
Kristian Fletcher
Alexander Freeman
Caden Glover
Jacob Greene
Brian Gutierrez
Micahel Halliday
Jackson Hopkins
Tony Leone
Danny Leyva
Diego Luna
Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty
Cruz Medina
Christian McFarlane
Jack McGlynn
Jalen Neal
Serge Ngoma
Emmanuel Ochoa
Jack Panayotou
Jonathan Perez
Kayden Pierre
Brooklyn Raines
Nathan Saliba
Dante Sealy
Quinn Sullivan
Dantouma Toure
Kosi Thompson
Niko Tsakiris
Obed Vargas
Jude Wellings
Caleb Wiley
Thomas Willams
Owen Wolff
Darren Yapi
Rida Zouhir

Previous editions: 20222021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017

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