Relased in October, the 2019 League Two 20 Under 20 List highlights the most exciting young prospects to have played in the league during the 2019 season. Five players from each of the four positions (goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, forwards) were selected to the list. Players born on or after January 1, 1999 were eligible for the list.
Daytona SC | Age: 19
The 19-year-old German was stellar between the posts for Daytona SC, making 40 saves and allowing just 0.82 goals per game in 12 appearances for the Florida side.
AC Connecticut | Age: 19
Catalano made an impressive 66 saves in nine appearances for AC Connecticut, often keeping his team in games with his shot-stopping ability. The 19-year-old Canadian has a bright future.
Manhattan SC | Age: 19
Hamill was the anchor of a solid Manhattan SC defense that did well during its first season in League Two. The Duke sophomore appeared in 12 of 14 matches and allowed 1.08 goals per game.
Peachtree City MOBA | Age: 19
The lynchpin of MOBA’s defense, Rankenburg’s 68 saves were the second-most in all of League Two. Adept both with the ball at his feet and as a shot stopper, the Georgia State redshirt freshman is set up for success going forward.
North Carolina FC U23 | Age: 16
Almost 17 now, Alphin signed an academy contract with the NCFC first team when he was 16-years-old and is a highly-regarded prospect within the USL Championship club’s system. He’s already seen some action with the NCFC U23 side in League Two as well, against players much older than himself.
Tormenta FC 2 | Age: 20
Strachan logged over 1,000 minutes at the heart of one of the best League Two defenses, helping Tormenta 2 to a Southern Conference title. The Akron junior is poised to have an excellent career.
North Carolina FC U23 | Age: 17
Having only recently turned 17, Armour has already signed an academy contract with the North Carolina FC first team while appearing six times for their U23 side in League Two action. Armour was called up to participate in a U.S. U17 national team camp in July.
Treasure Coast Tritons | Age: 20
The USF sophomore spent his summer with Treasure Coast, where he played nearly 500 minutes for the Tritons. Only 20-years-old, Brown has already appeared for the Jamaican national team and played for Harbour View FC in his native Kingston.
Long Island Rough Riders | Age: 19
Only 19-years-old, Ritaccio has already played for two League Two teams and partners with Strachan to form a fearsome Zips defense. Ritaccio’s ceiling is high and it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop in the coming years.
SC United Bantams | Age: 20
Ferguson was voted the League Two Young Player of the Year for his efforts in making the Bantams’ defense so tough to score on, and the young Scot continues to impress as a fixture in the Lander College backline.
Corpus Christi FC | Age: 20
Wright had as good a season statistically as anyone in League Two. The London native appeared in all 14 matches for Corpus Christi and played over 1,000 minutes, scoring seven goals and using his superb vision and intelligence to notch 15 assists, a new League Two single-season record.
Manhattan SC | Age: 20
One of only two players on the 20 Under 20 list to make the 2019 League Two Team of the Year, Beer had a monster season for Manhattan. The Georgetown junior racked up four goals and seven assists while contributing on the defensive side of the ball as well.
Des Moines Menace | Age: 20
The New Zealand native was a big reason why the Menace were the best team in League Two during the regular season. Schacht is a promising prospect at both ends of the pitch.
Sounders FC U23 | Age: 19
Mullings was the Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year last year and followed it up with an impressive League Two campaign. At 18-years-old during the season, the young Canadian tallied an efficient three goals and one assist in 470 minutes on the pitch.
Dalton Red Wolves | Age: 18
At the start of the 2019 League Two season, Hernandez was coming off his senior season of high school and winning the Gatorade National Player of the Year award. Before heading to Wake Forest to begin his collegiate career, Hernandez suited up for the Dalton Red Wolves and turned heads with his performances. His is certainly a name to remember.
Black Rock FC | Age: 19
One of the most hyped prospects in the country, Bouda is off to a fantastic start in his college career with powerhouse Stanford. A rare blend of intelligence, speed and technical ability, Bouda posted a ridiculous stat line for Black Rock in League Two play, scoring 8 goals in 348 minutes on the pitch, an average of just over two goals per 90 minutes.
Cedar Stars Rush | Age: 16
At about 16 years and two months old, Arevalo was the youngest player to score in League Two this season, netting a late equalizer in Cedar Stars Rush’s season finale. Arevalo has been noticed by U.S. youth national team scouts and participated in camps at the youth national team level. As the youngest player on the 20 Under 20 list, he’s definitely one to keep an eye on in the future.
Reading United AC | Age: 20
Becher had an excellent season up front for the Eastern Conference champions. A clinical finisher, he scored seven goals in only 412 minutes of action for an incredible rate of roughly 1.5 goals per 90 minutes.
Victoria Highlanders | Age: 17
Ntignee turned 17 just before the start of the League Two season, but that didn’t stop him from showing his incredible talent against players multiple years older than himself. He scored four times in eight appearances for the Highlanders on the year and is sure to only get better with time.
Westchester Flames | Age: 19
Mackic was a key cog in the Flames’ attack, bagging five goals and appearing in nearly every game for the club. The sophomore striker at Iona was involved with the New York City FC youth system and shows plenty of promise as he continues his college career.