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
Kati from Kirtland, Ohio
For both her high school and club teams, Kati has demonstrated great awareness, technical skills and support for teammates. She led her high school team in scoring and assists during her freshman and sophomore years, and she has been a key member of the Cleveland Futbol Club. When she is not on the field, Kati participates in youth groups, a Slovenian language group and many community events. In school, she has maintained a 4.20 GPA. In addition to her club team, Kati has played for the US Youth Soccer ODP Region II team at the Thanksgiving Interregional in Boca Raton, Fla., and she is verbally committed to play at Notre Dame.
Male Player of the Month
Jonas from Chandler, Ariz.
Jonas is a hard-working student-athlete who has been playing soccer since he was 5 years old. He is currently playing in the US Youth Soccer National League with his Scottsdale Blackhawks team, and he has also been working as a referee since he was 12. He takes all honor classes in school while also practicing with his club and US Youth Soccer ODP teams, in addition to refereeing. He does much of this with his friend, Thatcher Cooper, and both boys use their down time to mentor younger referees. Jonas works tirelessly as a player, referee and student, and he hopes to play college soccer in the future to continue his involvement in the game.