The Vancouver Whitecaps certainly have a strong showing on the annual MLS Top 24 under 24 list, ranking the best youngsters in the league today. Heading up the Whitecap entries list is Kekuta Manneh, listed as second overall. It's the second time he's made the cut, as he was ranked 12th overall last season. The 20 year old Manneh is only behind Fabian Castillo of FC Dallas.
Checking in at number 12 is Matias Laba, who I think most would argue is ranked rather low. Laba has been perhaps the Whitecaps most important player since he first stepped in the lineup, and I would personally think he would be able to crack the top 10. Still, the 23 year old improves on his previous rankings of 15th overall in 2014, and 21st in 2013.
The final Whitecap to make the list is Octavio Rivero, in at number 18. Rivero obviously hasn't sustained the stellar start to the season he had goal wise, but he's been a positive influence on the pitch, and a hard worker that can create chances for his teammates. The 23 year old has had a good season, and deserves to be on the list.
The final cut wasn't as Whitecap friendly as the preliminary list, which included Deybi Flores, Russell Teibert, Cristian Techera, Kianz Froese, Sam Adekugbe, and Nicolas Mezquida. Still, the Whitecaps are second only to the New England Revolution for the most players on the final list, as New England boasts 4 selections.