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
Alyssa from Hamilton, N.J.
A leader from her defensive position, Alyssa always offers encouragement to her teammates. She is determined to do her best on the field and is very coachable and willing to learn. Off the field, she is in advanced learning classes and has won back-to-back county science fairs. Alyssa is the president of EarlyAct, which allows her to present ideas that will benefit the school, community, state and beyond. She also chose K9 for Kids to be the beneficiary of the school’s annual talent show, and she helped collect money to purchase 24 cases of soup to give to a local food bank. Alyssa continues to show determination, both on and off the field, to be a caring teammate, classmate, friend and volunteer.
Male Player of the Month
Michael from Liberty Township, Ohio
Michael has proven to be a big contributor on the soccer field and in the community. He plays for Cincinnati United Premier (OH-S) and competed on both the CUP 00 Gold and CUP 99 Gold teams during the 2016-17 US Youth Soccer National League season — helping the 99 squad earn a division title. Michael has shown an ability to be just as successful in the classroom, as he holds a 4.3 GPA while taking honors and advanced placement classes. He also spent a week in Los Chilitos, Guatemala, serving with his church. While there, Michael assisted with an outreach program that organized soccer games with the children in the village.