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2010 US Youth Soccer Young Referees of the Year named

February 22, 2011 09:00 PM
Louisville, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2011) – The recipients of the 2010 US Youth Soccer Young Referee of the Year award were announced tonight at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2011 US Youth Soccer Workshop at the Marriott Downtown Louisville. The national US Youth Soccer Young Referee of the Year award winners are Monica Orjuela of Algonquin, Ill., and Robert Freemon of Olathe, Kan.

Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show on Fox Soccer Channel, set the stage for the night as the master of ceremonies for the more than 1,000 in attendance.Boys and Girls Recreation and Competitive Coaches of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Goal and Saveof the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year and the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award were also presented during the Gala and the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored as well.

Throughout her five years as a referee, Monica Orjuela has not only expanded her knowledge of the laws of the game, but she has also created an exceptional presence on the field showing courage and true character. Orjuela gives back to the game by training children in the Huntley Park District. Looking to improve upon her skills, the Grade 8 referee took the initiative to ask a local assignor to observe and comment on her performance.

Robert Freemon is a natural born leader who carries himself with dignity and professionalism in all aspects of life. A Grade 8 referee, Freemon has refereed at the
 US Youth Soccer Kansas State Championships, the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships and the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships. His passion for the game and will to improve upon his skills helps him rise to any challenge presented on the field, gaining respect from players, coaches and fellow referees.

Recipients of the
Young Referee of the Year awards are selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors on the basis of their strong work ethic, knowledge of the rules of the game and service as positive role models. 

For bios on each of the regional award winners, click here.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala and award winners, go to 


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