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
Emilie from South Jordan, Utah
Emilie helped her Utah Soccer Alliance squad to a 5-2 win in the US Youth Soccer Utah State Cup championship game. With her team facing a two-goal deficit in the second half, Emilie contributed two goals and two assists, as USA scored five goals in 20 minutes to earn the victory. The ninth-grader is finding success at school, as well. Emilie is a 4.0 student, and she is a starting forward on the Herriman Varsity soccer team, for which she has 18 assists and five goals in 16 games as a starter. Additionally, she's a member of the National Honor Society, and she participates regularly in community service. Emilie has compassion for others, and is consistently looking to serve and lift those around her, including her two siblings.
Male Player of the Month
Cody from Hubert, N.C.
Cody is a smart and creative player, who has worked hard to be confident using both feet for all skills. As a leader by example, he brings a positive attitude to his team and makes new players feel welcome through his actions and communication. Cody takes all of his positive aspects as a player and applies them to the community, as well. He has participated on his school’s chess team, is a member of the Perrysburg Conservation Club, and he participated on his school science team. He is an outstanding student who has been on the principal’s list, maintaining an A+ in all subjects for two years in a row. Cody is also enrolled in the AIG program for both math and English language arts.