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
Savannah from West Hills, Calif.
Not only is Savannah a talented soccer player, but her character off the field should be acknowledged and rewarded. She is one of the kindest and most thoughtful students, possessing an incredible work ethic, which has resulted in her maintaining straight A's throughout her entire schooling. At her school, Savannah was the sole 5th grade recipient of the Presidential Scholar Award for scoring extremely high marks on both the mathematics and language arts exams. She was able to achieve these high academic marks all while practicing for soccer at least four times a week. After playing soccer for only three short years, her commitment to train earned her a spot on the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) Girls 2005 team, which competed in the 2018 US Youth Soccer ODP West Championships and took home the championship title.
Male Player of the Month
Liam from Englewood, Ohio
On the field, Liam has transitioned from defense to midfield and makes notable contributions for both his club team, Metro FC, and Northmont High School. Throughout the transition of positions, Liam has been able to create offensive opportunities for his teams, earning him the Most Improved Player award for the high school season. He has taken time to mentor the incoming freshmen, preparing them for high school soccer and showing them the ropes. His helpful attitude is also seen through his care for his younger brother, who is cognitively delayed, as Liam helps him with soccer so that he can also play on a select team. Last year, Liam went on a mission trip to Ghana, where he not only played against academy teams in the country, but his group also spent time at the Feed the Children orphanage, helping serve meals, delivering goods and playing soccer with the children.