It's official. Cyle Larin is the best MLS player under age 24, according to mlssoccer.com. The Canadian forward was named number one on the MLS 24 under 24 list today, beating out Jack Harrison (NYCFC), Jordan Morris (Seattle), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), and Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver).
An MLS tradition since 2010, the 24 Under 24 list has seen other current and former Orlando City players named to the list in different parts of their careers. In 2010, Kevin Alston was named number 21, while Brek Shea was at number seven and former Lion Danny Mwanga was at number five. In 2011, Mwanga dropped to number nine, while Shea was named the top player under 24 for that year. Shea made the list again in 2012, this time at number three. 2013 saw former Lion Amobi Okugo come in at number eight, while in 2014 he dropped to 13. Finally, 2015 saw Larin place 10th in the rankings.
Larin, in his first two years in MLS since being drafted number one overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, has scored 31 goals in 54 games played. Orlando's forward set the MLS rookie record last year with 17 goals scored and is on pace to surpass last season's total in his sophomore season.
Larin now joins his two other teammates, Tommy Redding (No. 23) and Cristian Higuita (No. 21) as the three players from Orlando City to make the top 24. Both Rafael Ramos and Carlos Rivas were nominated and made the top 50, but missed out on the final list.