Each month, US Youth Soccer will be recognizing one male and one female player 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
Peyton from McKinney, Texas
Peyton exhibits a high level of determination, work ethic and morals that make her a well-rounded player on the field. She is the starting goalkeeper for her club team, and she works trains with her teammates, as well as with a goalkeeping trainer. She is a team leader and was told by a coach that she was the most coachable player at a regional camp. She works hard to have success as a keeper despite being undersized for the position and having to overcome a few injuries. Off the field, Peyton maintains straight-A’s, takes advanced placement courses and is in the National Junior Honor Society. Whether it’s soccer, academics or other pursuits, Peyton shows a commitment to excellence in whatever she does.
Male Player of the Month
Josiah is a talented defender, who possesses several great attributes for a soccer player. He is fast, physical and shows good skill, and his coaches have said his ability to stop opposing forwards is "as good as it gets." He is very passionate about the game of soccer and does whatever it takes to help the team. While his abilities on the field are excellent, his efforts off the field are just as impressive. He is very active in his church youth group and has done several service activities, such as mission trips, helping the elderly and visiting nursing homes. He also helped with a car wash to raise money for a classmate involved in a car crash. Academically, Josiah is an honor student and very focused on doing his best in the classroom.