Since 2010, MLS has counted down the top 24 players in the the league under the age of 24. This year Darlington Nagbe snagged the top spot on the list ahead of players like Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil, New England Revolution Forward Diego Fagundez, and Colorado Rapids duo Deshorn Brown and Dillon Powers, both of whom Nagbe will face off against tonight.
This year Nagbe has scored eight goals so far, already two more than his previous career high of six in 2012, and has tied his career high in assists at 3. With six key games left to go in the Timbers' season, Nagbe will have the chance to raise those numbers even further, and the Timbers will need him to do so in order to secure a playoff spot.
Nagbe was joined on the list by fellow Timbers player Andrew Jean-Baptiste who came in at number sixteen.
The list was judged by a panel consisting of MLSsoccer.com editors and other media experts who took into account several factors, including technical ability, tactical awareness, personality, physical attributes, and potential for growth in each player.
Other Timbers players under the cutoff who did not make the list include Kalif Alhassan, Steven Evans, Jake Gleeson, Alvas Powell, Brent Richards, Sebastian Rincon, Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, Maximiliano Urruti, and Jose Adolfo Valencia.
Check out the 24 Under 24 rundown on Nagbe here and the whole list here, plus a video of a bunch of players giving their picks for the top player on the list here. (Spoiler: it is a bunch of people saying "Darlington Nagbe".)