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DeAndre Yedlin ranked No. 1 on's 24-under-24 list

Sounders full back beats out a stable of talented and qualified competition.

DeAndre Yedlin has already been named an MLS All-Star (twice!), made the United States World Cup roster (and played three games!) and secured a transfer to the English Premier League (with Tottenham Hotspur!), so maybe his being named the No. 1 player on's 24-under-24 list doesn't come as a particularly massive honor. Still, it's pretty cool that he was.

This year's list was as competitive as ever. Bill Hamid, the goalkeeper for the top team in the Eastern Conference, couldn't get any higher than No. 10. Joao Plata, who might be Real Salt Lake's best player, couldn't crack the Top 5 (he's No. 7). Last year's co-MLS Rookies of the Year -- Dillon Powers (11) and Deshorn Brown (20) -- both fell outside the Top 10. The top 24 players are almost all regular contributors for their MLS teams. The guys immediately behind Yedlin -- Erick Torres, Fabian Castillo and Gyasi Zardes -- are all enjoying breakout seasons and could have very feasibly could have been No. 1 a lot of years.

And Yedlin still managed to get the top spot.

There will certainly be plenty of debate as to how deserving a spot that is. But considering asked contributors -- I was asked, but honestly bowed out after realizing I wasn't comfortable ranking everyone on the "short" list -- to judge players on aspects of their game such as potential and personality (in addition to more technical aspects), there is some easy-to-understand logic at play here. Yedlin may not be the best right back in MLS today, but it's not very hard to envision him being the best full back to ever suit up for the United States and charm the pants off media members well into the next decade.

The only other player with local ties to make the list was Federal Way's Kelyn Rowe, who came in at No. 16. Neither Aaron Kovar nor Sean Okoli even made it onto the preliminary "short list", which at first glance may seem like a big snub but honestly made sense given how much playing time almost everyone else has received.

Here's the list in full:

Rank Player Club
1 DeAndre Yedlin Seattle Sounders
2 Erick "Cubo" Torres Chivas USA
3 Fabian Castillo FC Dallas
4 Gyasi Zardes LA Galaxy
5 Diego Fagundez New England Revolution
6 Mauro Diaz FC Dallas
7 Joao Plata Real Salt Lake
8 Luis Gil Real Salt Lake
9 Wil Trapp Columbus Crew
10 Bill Hamid D.C. United
11 Dillon Powers Colorado Rapids
12 Kekuta Manneh Vancouver Whitecaps
13 Amobi Okugo Philadelphia Union
14 Andrew Farrell New England Revolution
15 Matias Laba Toronto FC
16 Kelyn Rowe New England Revolution
17 Harry Shipp Chicago Fire
18 Perry Kitchen D.C. United
19 Shane O'Neill Colorado Rapids
20 Deshorn Brown Colorado Rapids
21 Olmes Garcia Real Salt Lake
22 Gershon Koffie Vancouver Whitecaps
23 Tesho Akindele FC Dallas
24 Russell Teibert Vancouver Whitecaps

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