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Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin named top player in 24 Under 24 Presented by EA SPORTS

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Orlando City SC forward Cyle Larin named top player in 24 Under 24 Presented by EA SPORTS
2016 list features most Homegrown Players and newcomers to the series in 24 Under 24 history
NEW YORK (Thursday, September 22, 2016) – today announced that Orlando City SC and Canadian international Cyle Larin was named the No. 1 player in the 2016 24 Under 24 presented by EA SPORTS. Chosen by a panel of top soccer media members and the editorial staff, the annual list ranks the 24 most promising and talented players in MLS all under the age of 24. This season’s ranking also includes a total of 16 newcomers to the list and 10 Homegrown Players, the most ever in 24 Under 24 history.
Leading the list, Larin has proven himself to be one of the most dangerous and consistent goal scorers in MLS. After being chosen No. 1 overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the Ontario native went on to break the MLS record for most goals scored by a rookie with 17 tallies, while also earning 2015 Rookie of the Year honors. In his sophomore season, the 21-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down as he continues to be Orlando’s leading scorer with 14 goals this season, good for top ten in the league. The 2016 MLS AT&T All-Star has also been invaluable for the Canadian Men’s National Team, scoring five goals in 19 international appearances.  
Coming in at No. 2 on the list is 19-year-old New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison, who has had a tremendous rookie season with three goals and five assists in 17 appearances. The No. 1 pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Harrison has made a pronounced impression on the pitch with his speed and technical skill, helping NYCFC to the brink of its first playoff appearance. Ranked No. 3 is Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris, who continues to excite in his rookie season with 10 goals scored – just the fifth rookie to do so in MLS history. The 21-year-old Homegrown Player has 11 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team, including a recent stint with the U.S. for World Cup qualifying in September.
In his fourth MLS season, FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta finishes at No. 4 in this year’s rankings, with the Homegrown Player registering two goals and five assists in 2016 for the Supporters’ Shield leaders. The versatile 21-year-old has also featured on the international stage, earning a call-up and start in U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifying play. Rounding out the group at No. 5 is Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward/midfielder Kekuta Manneh, who moved to the U.S. from The Gambia at the age of 15. The lightening quick winger has five goals and two assists in 17 appearances this season, his fourth with Whitecaps FC. Drafted No. 4 overall by Vancouver in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the 21-year-old holds an MLS record as the youngest player to record a hat-trick at the age of 18.
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2016 24 Under 24 presented by EA SPORTS
1. Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)
2. Jack Harrison (New York City FC)^
3. Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)*^
4. Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)*
5. Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
6. Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union)^
7. Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)*
8. Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas)^
9. Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)*^
10. Lucas Melano (Portland Timbers)
11. Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)^
12. Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution)*
13. Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC)^
14. Luciano Acosta (D.C. United)^
15. Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake)*^
16. Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake)*^
17. Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution)*
18. Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)^
19. Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes)^
20. Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)
21. Cristian Higuita (Orlando City SC)^
22. Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls)*^
23. Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC)*^
24. Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC)^
*Homegrown Player
^Player making their first appearance on the list
By Position:
Goalkeeper (1): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas)
Defenders (6): Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Walker Zimmermann (FC Dallas)
Midfielders (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Luciano Acosta (D.C. United), Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls), Diego Fagundez (New England Revolution), Carlos Gruezo (FC Dallas), Jack Harrison (New York City FC), Cristian Higuita (Orlando City SC), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Forwards (5): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Lucas Melano (Portland Timbers), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)
Team Totals:
FC Dallas (4)
Orlando City SC (3)
New York City F2 (2)
New England Revolution (2)
Real Salt Lake (2)
Seattle Sounders FC (2)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2)
Chicago Fire (1)
Columbus Crew SC (1)
D.C. United (1)
New York Red Bulls (1)
Philadelphia Union (1)
Portland Timbers (1)
San Jose Earthquakes (1)