I'm OK with us not having actual criteria. Each person decides for himself, and we have a vote at the end. We could argue about the qualifications until the cows come home. There's no referee to say who's right or wrong. Most years there's just been an obvious winner by any criteria. We may have an obvious winner by the end of this year too. We're down to just a few candidates in my mind. When I created the first thread of this series, I used the definition of the USYNT boards to define youngster. In other words it had to be a player eligible for USYNTs. To me that just avoided any confusion and set a firm boundary. FOr this year I don't mind if we keep the cycle that ended during this year as the age cutoff. So THIS YEAR players born in 1997 were actually still eligible for the Olympic team. I think we're unlikely to award it to players that old anyway, but that's my personal age cutoff. The winner is likely to come from a player born around 2000-2001 like Richards, Dike, Hoppe, etc. So next year, the definition of youngster for me then moves to players eligible for the 2024 Olympic cycle. A qualifying campaign that is only two years away!!! So those are 2001s and younger. Matthew Hoppe fits that definition. Daryl Dike does not. So Daryl Dike will have aged out of being considered a "youngster" after this year.