The "24 Under 24" list, presented by Adidas, showcases the best the young talent in the MLS, and Yedlin's ranking at No. 3 is the highest for a Sounders player since Fredy Montero was No. 1 in 2010.
Yedlin's rookie year has come with high accolades for his overall impact on the Sounders, which hasn't necessarily come with high goal and assist counts. He is the second Homegrown Player to be named to the MLS All-Star roster and the first rookie since Michael Parkhurst in 2005. Sigi Schmid praises his youth and endurance, which allows the Sounders to bring up the attack on the right side more often.
The article quotes unnamed technical directors and coaches who laud the experience and poise Yedlin has shown over the season.
You take a young player straight out of college, a rookie who's 20 years old, and he allows you to change a little bit the way your team plays. That shows you the respect that Sigi and his staff have for Yedlin to organize their team with him as a strength and not a liability.
The "24 Under 24" was first launched in 2010 and the Sounders have had a player on it each season. MLSSoccer.com staff and various media panelists rate players on five criteria: technical (skills, dribbling, etc.), tactical (positioning, soccer IQ, etc.), physical attributes (speed, endurance, etc.), personality (marketability, etc.) and potential (upside, etc.).
Montero landed at No. 1 in the inaugural list. Steve Zakuani was No. 4 in 2011 and Andy Rose made sure the Sounders kept the streak going, squeaking in at No. 24 in 2012.