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
Claire from Ogden, Utah
Claire excels on and off the soccer field. She loves the game and plays soccer nearly every day, whether it’s during recess, at practice, training or at home. She plays several positions for her club team and has been training with Weber State midfielder and US Youth Soccer alumna Chansi Crompton to help improve her skills. In school, Claire received straight A’s on her report card across all subjects in her accelerated program and recently earned the highest score in her class on her math assessment. Claire serves as a peer leader in her school and enjoys cheering on her teammates on the soccer field — where she always looks for ways to pass along compliments.
Male Player of the Month
Matthew from Kings Park, N.Y.
Matthew started playing soccer at age 4, shortly after he diagnosed on the autism spectrum — which caused a hard time being involved with group sports. After some hard work, Matthew overcame his diagnosis and his anxiety of playing with a group. He has become an exceptional player and helped his 2014 indoor league team to a first-place finish while winning the golden boot for most goals scored. He is currently on an Under-7 team and helped the side take second place in the East Islip Fall Classic this past Columbus Day Weekend. Matthew continues to improve his soccer skills and impress with his ability to overcome his early difficulties with team sports.