It’s time for the fans to make their voices heard.
Supporters around the league can now vote for their own 24 Under 24 – the top 24 players under the age of 24 – via a Facebook ballot that launched on Labor Day Monday which features a list of 50 players as determined by the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff with the Timbers' own Eric Alexander, Kalif Alhassan, and Darlington Nagbe among them. Write-in candidates can also be submitted for players that fit the age criteria. Cast your vote today.
Fans can then compare their vote to that of the experts when the countdown to the No. 1 young player starts in earnest on Monday, Sept. 12.
MLSsoccer.com assembled a panel of the most respected MLS observers in the nation, who helped determine the final 2011 rankings for the 24 Under 24: Jeff Carlisle (ESPN.com), Marc Connolly (ESPN), Steve Davis (SI.com), Brian Dunseth (Fox Soccer), Allen Hopkins (Fox Soccer), Alexi Lalas (ESPN), Kyle Martino (Fox Soccer), Taylor Twellman (ESPN) and Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated).
Seattle’s Fredy Montero finished at the top of the list last year and later earned designated player status with the US Open Cup champion Sounders. Who will succeed the Colombian as No. 1 this year?