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
Kaylee from Oswego, Ill.
Kaylee has been the captain of her club team for the past four years. She recently helped her team advance to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Greenville, S.C., where she was one of the top scorers in the Under-14 age group — recording three goals at the event. Kaylee steps up in big games, as seen by her ability to find the back of the net five times in her team’s journey to the National Presidents Cup. Off the field, she has performed more than 100 hours of community service and was listed on the high honor roll for the past academic year. At her eighth grade graduation, Kaylee received an Outstanding Academic Excellence Award from the President’s Education Awards program and received honorable mention for the American Legion School Award, which recognizes academic and community achievement.
Male Player of the Month
As captain of Under-14 Lexington FC White, Holden helped lead his team to the top of the table in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Region League Premier 2 Division with an assist and late go-ahead goal. He also helped his team win the Kentucky Open Cup with two assists in a 3-0 win in the final. During a busy end of May, Holden captured the Outstanding Business Student Award at his high school for work in Sports Retail Marketing. He also receive an individual award from the school for a selfless act, when he returned money he found on school property so it could be given to the owner — showing his selflessness isn’t limited to assisting teammates on the field. Holden is a leader on and off the field because of his work ethic and team-centered attitude.