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
Emma from Mansfield Center, Conn.
Emma is an outstanding student-athlete who is always trying to make a difference on and off the field. She has attended the leadership club at her school, and she always strives to be a positive role model for her peers. Emma is constantly practicing soccer, whether it is at her club practice or just working with the soccer ball on her own. At just 10 years old, she makes personal goals for herself and ways she can contribute to her team. Emma also enjoys helping younger players while at practice. She hopes to continue playing soccer into adulthood, and her biggest dream is to be a part of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Emma and her family are also volunteers with American Lab Rescue, in which they foster dogs until they find a forever home. Emma takes pride in helping with training and socializing their foster dog.
Male Player of the Month
Xander from Bernville, Pa.
Xander has a passion for the sport of soccer and a desire to never give up. He currently plays in the Under-9 and Under-10 age group — after being one of three U-9 players asked to play up on the undermanned U-10 team. He enjoys the challenge and handled the transition well by scoring four goals in his first U-10 game. Xander also excels in the classroom, where he continues to get all As and Bs. His teachers have referred to him as a role model in school, and he helps out with a peer support group. After losing a brother to Leukemia, Xander has become involved in Penn State’s THON — a student-run philanthropy dedicated to helping families affected by childhood cancer. During THON 2016, Xander joined the Penn State women’s soccer team on stage during the dance competition portion of the pep rally, allowing him to combine his enthusiasm for soccer and giving to the community.