Each month, US Youth Soccer will be recognizing one male and one female player 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
Ashley from Halifax, Pa.
Ashley has excelled both on the field and in the classroom. She plays for PA Classics and has also trained at the U-14 U.S. Soccer National Training Centers in Pennsylvania. She finished her middle school years with the highest GPA in her class while balancing her school work with soccer and other activities. She has done tremendous work to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Instead of receiving gifts for her birthday, she chose to take donations for the charity organization. She has also collected donations at school and coordinated a money collection at a Harrisburg City Islander USL Pro game. Despite being one of only two girls in her grade at school to play soccer, Ashley continues to show she is proud to be a soccer player and loves the game.
Male Player of the Month
Brodie plays for 00 Lobos Rush Premier, which will compete this month at the US Youth Soccer National Championships after qualifying through the US Youth Soccer National League. Brodie helped his team to a 4-0-3 record in National League play, which resulted in a second-place finish in the Under-14 Boys Blue Division. His coach has praised Brodie for his good attitude and positive influence of the squad. Off the field, he was recently accepted into his high school honors program, as well as the National Beta Club. Brodie is a regular volunteer with TOPSoccer, where he helps local special needs children build self-esteem and stay fit through soccer. He also volunteers to help with 3v3 tournaments that are held in his area.