You've known it all year. Dillon Powers is a good soccer player.
Today the rest of the MLS community believes you, if they hadn't seen it themselves.
Dillon Powers became the first Colorado Rapids player to make MLSsoccer.com's annual 24 Under 24 series, coming in at #23 when the first four names in the 2013 rankings were revealed Monday morning. No Rapids players had made the cut in the first three years of the series, which "takes a look at the next (and often current) generation of MLS difference makers," according to MLSsoccer.com.
Through 29 games the 22-year-old out of Notre Dame leads the Rapids in games played (28) and started (27). His four goals are third best on the club, while his five assists are second to Chris Klute's seven.
Here are some of the quotes from the Powers' announcement:
"Dillon is cerebral, he's smart, he sees the field well...He doesn't try to overplay, he simplifies the game for himself...He's got a great strike from distance...he sees a couple plays ahead...The system that they have him playing in allows him to flourish...He's a very good passer of the ball, he's got a good first touch and he's a strong kid."
MLSsoccer.com will reveal the remaining 20 players throughout the week. Other eligible Rapids players who have seen significant first-team minutes this year are Deshorn Brown, Chris Klute, and Shane O'Neill.
Players who are 23 years old and younger as of the final day of the 2013 MLS season – in this case, MLS Cup on Dec. 7 – were eligible for inclusion. Votes were collected from the MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and various American soccer media members, rating the players on criteria which included technical, tactical, physical attributes, personality, and potential.