Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month, 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
Isis from Los Angeles, Calif.
Isis is a talented forward who has scored 60 goals in one season. Because of her talent and hard work, she was selected to play up an age group. She also has been able to prove her ability to be a complete soccer player — playing both forward and defense while being aggressive and using her speed on both sides of the pitch. In a clinic where Chelsea players trained with a group of boys and girls, Isis proved to be the best by giving her full effort at all times. In the end, the Chelsea players made her MVP of her group and awarded her with two tickets to their upcoming game. Isis doesn't only play soccer, but she also volunteers with Westside Children's Center. During the summer she trains to be a life guard because she thoroughly enjoys helping others. In the junior life guard competition, Isis placed second in breath compressions. At school, she speaks in front of large crowds at assemblies and maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Male Player of the Month
Devon from Great Falls, Mont.
Devon is a vital member of his Montana Rush club team, playing both offense and defense. At only 16 years old, his remarkable versatility, team work and leadership is evident. At the end of a recent game, his attitude and sportsmanship shined on the pitch, as he assisted a downed opponent in stretching out after suffering from a leg cramp. Devon was recently named one of 12 “Outstanding Juniors” at his high school. He holds a 3.98 overall GPA and is the No. 1 student in the Science department, where he displays a keen interest in multiple disciplines like his Honors Chemistry and Physics classes. Devon was personally lauded by his Science department teacher as his quest for academic excellence adds to a positive classroom environment. Devon is also a leader in the community as a core team member of his local DeMolay Youth Leadership Organization. He is the Senior Councilor for William D. Cummings Chapter and is also the State Senior Steward Officer for Montana DeMolay.