MLS 22 Under 22 List: Top Players in the U.S.

MLS 22 Under 22 List: Top Players in the U.S.

Major League Soccer just released its 22 Under 22 List for 2023, which showcases the top players in the league under the age of 22. These are the young bucks that we’ll be seeing for many years to come!

The list was voted on by an expert panel consisting of select MLS staff and MLS Season Pass talent.

Alan Velasco, a midfielder for FC Dallas, was named the top player on this year’s list, making him the third FC Dallas player in a row to receive this honor. Jesús Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi, both FC Dallas Homegrowns, topped the list in 2022 and 2021, respectively. There must be something in that Texas water.

Out of the 22 players on this year’s list, 14 are from an MLS NEXT academy. Furthermore, four of the players featured are only 18 years old: Noel Buck, Benjamin Cremaschi, Caleb Wiley, and Owen Wolff. Inter Miami has the most players selected, with three players on the list.

Below is the full list of the 2023 MLS 22 Under 22 selections, with their age, academy, position, and team:

1Alan Velasco21IndependienteMidfielderFC Dallas
2Benjamin Cremaschi18Weston FC, Inter Miami CFMidfielderInter Miami CF
3Aidan Morris21Weston FC, Columbus CrewMidfielderColumbus Crew
4Noel Buck18New England RevolutionMidfielderNew England Revolution
5Brian Gutiérrez20Chicago Fire FCMidfielderChicago Fire FC
6John Tolkin21New York Red BullsDefenderNew York Red Bulls
7Jack McGlynn20BW Gottschee, Philadelphia UnionMidfielderPhiladelphia Union
8Cade Cowell19Ballistic United/San Jose EarthquakesForwardSan Jose Earthquakes
9Caleb Wiley18Atlanta UnitedDefenderAtlanta United
10Diego Luna20Barca Residency AcademyMidfielderReal Salt Lake
11Facundo Farías21CA ColónMidfielderInter Miami CF
12Talles Magno21Vasco da GamaForwardNew York City FC
13Dylan Borrero21Santa FeMidfielderNew England Revolution
14Jalen Neal20LA GalaxyDefenderLA Galaxy
15Juan Mosquera21Independiente MedellínDefenderPortland Timbers
16Pedro Vite21Independiente del ValleMidfielderVancouver Whitecaps FC
17Chris Brady19Chicago Fire FCGoalkeeperChicago Fire FC
18Owen Wolff18Austin FC, Atlanta United, Columbus CrewMidfielderAustin FC
19Bernard Kamungo21N/AForwardFC Dallas
20Diego Gómez20LibertadMidfielderInter Miami CF
21Daniel Edelman20PDA, New York Red BullsMidfielderNew York Red Bulls
22Theodore Ku-DiPietro21D.C. UnitedMidfielderD.C. United

To read more about each player, click here.

Side note – you may see these players in the MLS for the next decade or they may go overseas to play in Europe. For example, Noel Buck had a breakout year and now has interest from teams like Arsenal and Man City. On the other hand, some players may get looks from teams in Europe but opt to stay in the MLS because it is becoming a better league.

Beau Bridges - Soccer Novo Hey 👋 I’m Beau. A proud Dad, former coach and soccer enthusiast. I continue to love the game of soccer today the same way I did when I was 7. I created to share what I know about the game as well as provide a platform so other parents can learn more about youth soccer in the U.S.

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