Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month, presented by Sports Authority, 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
Abby from Rock Hill, S.C.
Abby is a rising eighth grader and plays goalkeeper for her North Carolina club team. This past season, she helped her team with the US Youth Soccer North Carolina State Cup while allowing just a single goal. She then traveled to compete at the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships in June. Abby has been involved in US Youth Soccer ODP for three years and traveled to Sweden for the Gothia Cup International Tournament in July with a GPS Bayern-Munchen FC team, where they finished the tournament in third place out of 48 international teams. As a student, Abby maintains an “A” average and has won Academic Excellence Awards and an Outstanding Student in Science Award. She was also inducted into the Beta Club at school. She feels her highest honor yet is being invited to train at the U.S. Soccer Training Center in North Carolina as a 2003 goalkeeper. Abby always works hard at school and in training, and despite her success, maintains a very humble attitude.
Male Player of the Month
Patrick from Millville, N.J.
Patrick is a quiet young man who speaks loudly on the field. As center midfielder for his team, he is a leader and commands the field by controlling the flow of the ball from defense to offense — setting up his offensive players every game to score. He is relied upon for his soccer knowledge, is a superb communicator during the game and always supports the efforts of his teammates without trying focus any attention on himself. Patrick is also a straight-A student, a middle school track and cross country runner, and a devoted brother. He enjoys a challenge in school and on the soccer field, and he meets both with success. Prior to entering his middle school, his elementary school teachers and staff voted him as 5th Grader of the Year for his academics, kindness and humility. He attends Next Gen USA and Sunday school, weekly. He was selected as a Young Olympian for US Youth Soccer ODP.