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
Y-Lan from Austin, Texas
Despite a busy schedule, Y-Lan manages to excel as an athlete and student. She always looks to make her teammates better and shows great sportsmanship — preferring competitive games in which both teams can have fun. Academically, she holds a 4.0 GPA while taking honor courses and is a part of the Duke University 7th Grade Talent Identification Program. Y-Lan was named Student of the Year (Math) in 6th grade and achieved a perfect score on the 8th grade math TX-STAR test. She has played soccer for four years and plays up a team, which she helped move up several divisions. She also competes in cross country and volleyball. She is also an active pianist and participates in visual arts, and she received state recognitions for both skills.
Male Player of the Month
Sebastian from Medina, Wash.
Sebastian is a dedicated soccer players who currently plays a year up on his Eastside FC Red 00 team. His teammates nominated him as captain for his teamwork and leadership capabilities, and he helped the team qualify for the 2017-18 US Youth Soccer National League. He also made his high school’s varsity team as a freshman and was named rookie of the year. In the classroom, he has a 3.7 GPA, and he’s involved with the Native American Club at school. He also volunteers as a youth soccer coach, donates to Food Lifeline and has a desire to stop child hunger. In the future, he has an interest to become a sports medicine doctor to help athletes be able to compete and enjoy sports.