Major League Soccer: My 2013 Under-25 First Team

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Major League Soccer Under-25 First Team

Major League Soccer Under-25 First Team
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Major League Soccer is taking a break between the legs of the Conference Finals to observe this FIFA window and while they do that, this would be the perfect time to release my list of the best players in MLS that are under the age of 25. This slideshow will feature who I think were the top players of this past MLS season at their position. Positions were determined by where the player was played during the majority of their starts.

Originally, I was going to use the generic 4-4-2 formation to line up my teams but after compiling all of the eligible players, there were not a suitable number of qualifying center-backs. There were a lot of central midfielders and very quality ones at that, so I adjusted to a 3-5-2 formation with three center midfielders on each squad.

I used three pieces of criteria to determine which players were qualified for the two teams. First, since this list is one of an “Under-25” flavor, the players needed to be under the age of 25 or born after Nov. 15, 1988.

The second piece of criteria was at least 20 appearances on the season, whether they were starts or substitutions. 20 appearances out of the 34 regular season comes out to just under 60 percent of the matches, which I feel gives a good amount of opportunity to see how well a player performs.

Finally, the third piece of criteria was to have logged at least 1,000 minutes of play. This eliminated those “always off the bench” players who may have appeared in more than 20 games but only logged between 15 and 30 minutes a match.

The selections that were made for these teams were done solely by me and is my opinion. If you have a comment on my selections please feel free to leave it here on this page or send me an e-mail at tenorman85@gmail.com

Matthew Evans is a soccer writer for RantSports.com, “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

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GK Clint Irwin

GK Clint Irwin
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Club: Colorado Rapids

Age: 24

Games Played: 32

Minutes Played: 2,873

Record (Wins-Draws-Losses): 14-9-9

Goals Against Average: 1.10

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RB Sheanon Williams

RB Sheanon Williams
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Club: Philadelphia Union

Age: 23

Games Played: 32

Minutes Played: 2,867

Goals: 2

Assists: 8

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CB Matt Hedges

CB Matt Hedges
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Club: FC Dallas

Age: 23

Games Played: 33

Minutes Played: 2,793

Goals: 3

Assists: 0

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LB Chris Klute

LB Chris Klute
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Club: Colorado Rapids

Age: 23

Games Played: 31

Minutes Played: 2,696

Goals: 0

Assists: 7

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RM Darlington Nagbe

RM Darlington Nagbe
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Club: Portland Timbers

Age: 23

Games Played: 34

Minutes Played: 2,848

Goals: 9

Assists: 4

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CM Dillon Powers

CM Dillon Powers
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Club: Colorado Rapids

Age: 22

Games Played: 30

Minutes Played: 2,457

Goals: 5

Assists: 6

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CM Kelyn Rowe

CM Kelyn Rowe
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Club: New England Revolution

Age: 21

Games Played: 33

Minutes Played: 2,528

Goals: 7

Assists: 8

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CM Felipe Martins

CM Felipe Martins
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Club: Montreal Impact

Age: 23

Games Played: 32

Minutes Played: 2,350

Goals: 5

Assists: 8

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CM Diego Fagundez

CM Diego Fagundez
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Club: New England Revolution

Age: 18

Games Played: 31

Minutes Played: 2,427

Goals: 13

Assists: 7

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FWD Will Bruin

FWD Will Bruin
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Club: Houston Dynamo

Age: 23

Games Played: 30

Minutes Played: 2,596

Goals: 8

Assists: 7

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FWD Jack McInerney

FWD Jack McInerney
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Club: Philadelphia Union

Age: 21

Games Played: 31

Minutes Played: 2,209

Goals: 12

Assists: 0

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