2014 Season Preview Predictions - Young Player of the Year

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In no previous season have Sounders FC started the year with so many exciting prospects. A club that is normally veteran heavy also has several players that meet our standards as a "Young Player" (if Olympics were this year would qualify as a U-23 player). This prediction is all about promise.

Previous winners of the end of season award are a mix of amazing talents and quality rotational guys. Montero, Zakuani, Carrasco and Rose started it off. Then last year Yedlin boomed onto the scene. During the prediction phase he was not an overwhelming favorite. By the end of the season it was hard to remember other qualified players were on the squad.

As a reminder - players up for this award are those who would meet Olympics U-23 qualification for the season in question.

Seattle has a lot of players that qualify, including last year's winner. DeAndre Yedlin could surely be the first ever to repeat. But there are two other Home Grown Players from Seattle's Academy that qualify in Aaron Kovar and Sean Okoli. Tristan Bowen, he of three teams and in his sixth pro year, still qualifies. Generation Adidas defender Damion Lowe qualifies. Speedster Dylan Remick is young enough as well.

If Eriq Zavaleta wasn't loaned to another MLS team he would be eligible.

Only 50% of Sounder at Heart staffers thought that Yedlin would repeat as the best Young Sounder. We may have been over-thinking things (we do that). Bowen and Remick both got two votes while Lowe and Kovar each got one. This polling was done over a week ago and if was held again Okoli would be sure to get some support.

This age group is normally known for speed, but when their is a literal track star and a collection of the fittest men in the organization it will take more than great athletics to show promise. It takes quality play on the field. There's plenty of reason to think that several of these players earn quality minutes in 2014.

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