With just the MLS Cup Final to play and the 2014 season close to completion, we take a look at five MLS prospects that have lit up the league this season and look set for bright futures.
These young stars are already key players on their teams but will only improve as time goes on and they could be set for huge campaign’s in 2015.
1. Diego Fagundez – New England Revolution
At 19 years of age, Fagundez has become one of the brightest talents in MLS over the past two seasons having made a breakthrough with the New England Revolution. He has had limited game time since the arrival of USMNT star Jermaine Jones at the franchise.
But he should be set for a great 2015 campaign, and hopefully we will see him at some point in Sunday’s MLS Cup Final.
2. Fabian Castillo – FC Dallas
Castillo is an explosive winger who is comfortable on either wing. His exceptional dribbling skills have left defenders dazed all season and adding ten goals to Dallas’s tally has made him a great asset for the team.
At just 22, we’re expecting big things from the young man.
3. Tesho Akindele – FC Dallas
Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year, Akindele, has been superb since breaking into the team. Blas Perez is still the first-choice forward but with eight goals in 29 appearances Akindele has showed great promise.
He and Castillo could make Dallas even more of a force in MLS next season.
4. Gyasi Zardes – LA Galaxy
The most prolific of our five picks, Zardes has become a key player for the Galaxy this year, and has been a valued partner for MLS MVP Robbie Keane. Netting 16 goals this term has made him a huge asset for LA and he should only improve heading into next season.
Can he finish off a great year with an MLS Cup winners medal on Sunday?
5. Joao Plata – Real Salt Lake
At 5’2 he’s the shortest player in MLS history, yet he has an abundance of talent. Plata is a compact, yet explosive forward that is comfortable on either foot. He has finally settled in MLS after his stint at Toronto FC and looks at home with Real Salt Lake.
He netted 13 goals in 28 appearances this season and is huge threat for RSL. There is more to come from the Ecuadorian.
Who do you think is the best young talent in MLS right now?