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
Jadia from Lewis Center, Ohio
Jadia plays all positions for her club team and also trains separately as a goalkeeper. Training with older players pushes her to focus at a higher level, a challenge that she has embraced. Jaida’s crowning moment came this season when she saved a penalty kick against a state championship team. When not playing with her own team she's often found on the sidelines cheering on other players in her club. Jaida is an “A” student in her school’s accelerated program and has received perfect scores on National and State standardized tests. She also participates in her school choir and band, as well as the service club. She received a certificate as her school’s top money-raiser for the American Heart Association, showcasing the dedication to her endeavors both on and off the field.
Male Player of the Month
David from Canton, Mich.
David is currently plays for the US Youth Soccer ODP Region II team, in addition to his club and varsity high school squads. For his high school team, David saved two shootout attempts in the state semifinals to help his team advance to the championship game. As a sophomore, he received the Coaches Award and Academic Scholar honors at his school, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in his advanced honors classes — placing him in the top 1 percent of his class. He is also a member of the District Equity Leadership Team, PCEP Leadership Team, Key Club and his high school’s congress. David also takes the field as a referee and volunteered his time to work at the Special Olympics in that capacity. Whether academically or athletically, David knows the importance of teamwork to accomplish tasks and has demonstrated that fact with his leadership.