Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month, presented by Olive Garden, whose accomplishments on and off the field stick out among the rest. The players who are selected will represent a balance of athletic achievement, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Examples of these athletes' characteristics include:
- Impactful or notable in-game performance
- Displays good sportsmanship and the promotion of teamwork
- Community service
- Superior academic achievement
- Overcoming personal obstacles
While great performances in the game of soccer are appreciated, it's important to note that accomplishments off the field are valued just as much as those achieved on the field.
This month's honorees are...
Female Player of the Month
Rylie from Forsyth, Ill.
Rylie, a member of the Midstate Soccer Club, has been a team captain for two straight seasons and recently signed up for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. She is able to control the game from her central midfield position when on the field and continually works with her coaches to train and improve outside of games. Riley is a great teammate, who encourages her team no matter the situation or score of the game. Despite juggling three sports, Riley maintains an excellent academic record and has been on the high honor roll each quarter while taking advanced classes. She is also on student council and has volunteered for numerous organizations and causing, including an Alzheimer’s 5K Walk, community food drive and the county conservation district. Riley would like to continue playing soccer in college, and her success on the field and in the classroom has her on the right track to accomplish that goal.
Male Player of the Month
Joe plays for NW Nationals in Washington and has led his team as the captain for the past three years while displaying great sportsmanship. He received MVP and Most Dedicated Player honors for his team and also won the club’s juggling contest in the summer. Additionally, Joe is on the Washington Youth Soccer Elite Player Development team and played for the U.S. team in the FC Barcelona Escola Easter Tournament in Barcelona, Spain in April 2014. At school, Joe receive the sixth grade student of the year award and has qualified for the National Honor Society. He has volunteered with his brother’s Boy Scout troop and at a local lighthouse festival with the Kiwanis Club. When he’s not actually playing soccer, Joe follows the game and supports the Seattle Sounders. He hopes to one day make it to their level and play professional soccer.