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Jose Villarreal snubbed in MLS 24 under 24 ranking

A look at how the leagues 24 under 24 list gets it oh so wrong.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Today, MLS unveiled its picks for the 24 best players under the age of 24, and, while most Galaxy fans will be pleased to learn that Sebastian Lletget came in 3rd, they will also be shocked to learn that Jose Villarreal didn't make the cut. With all due respect to the members of the media who took part in this survey, leaving out Jose Villarreal makes the entire list look like a complete joke.

While stats aren't everything, they can certainly give us an unbiased eye into just what a travesty Jose's omission was. Take a look at how Jose Villarreal compares to the rest of the attacking field in two key categories: chance creation per 90 minutes and goals+assists per 90 minutes.

Player

Pos

CC p/90

Kwadwo Poku

M

2.943508

Harrison Shipp

M

2.149254

Joao Plata

F

1.84492

Jose Villarreal

F

1.751497

Kelyn Rowe

M

1.733996

Kekuta Manneh

M

1.665833

Diego Fagundez

M

1.564713

Sebastian Lletget

M

1.22093

Fabian Castillo

M

1.198934

Juan Agudelo

F

1.016311

Wil Trapp

M

0.936107

Kellyn Acosta

M

0.661765

Tommy Thompson

M

0.54

Cyle Larin

F

0.499692

Matt Polster

M

0.475352

Player

Pos

G+A p/90

Kwadwo Poku

M

0.891972

Jose Villarreal

F

0.673653

Kelyn Rowe

M

0.671224

Cyle Larin

F

0.610734

Sebastian Lletget

M

0.610465

Fabian Castillo

M

0.559503

Kekuta Manneh

M

0.495248

Joao Plata

F

0.481283

Diego Fagundez

M

0.463619

Juan Agudelo

F

0.451694

Harrison Shipp

M

0.268657

Kellyn Acosta

M

0.180481

Wil Trapp

M

0.066865

Matt Polster

M

0

Tommy Thompson

M

0

*All data courtesy of American Soccer Analysis. Due to a site error, I was unable to get data on Octavio Rivero.

While his season has been shortened by injury, when you compare the rate of Jose's attacking production to the rest of the field, he's clearly among the league's top attacking youngsters, ranking 4th in chance creation per 90 and 2nd in goals + assists per 90.

While amount of playing time is the easiest explanation for his snub, players like Tommy Thompson have actually played fewer minutes this season and still somehow made the list. Tommy may have a tremendous amount of twitter hype surrounding him, but Jose Villarreal is the one actually getting it done on the field. No matter how you break it down, this snub makes absolutely no sense.

Jose Villarreal was robbed!