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
Aya from Baltimore, Md.
Aya is an outstanding person and player. Similarly to all of the participants in Soccer Without Borders, she is not from the U.S. Starting from the beginning in a new community, learning the language, is just one of the many obstacles she has faced. Aya has broken down all barriers and has become one of the organization’s most driven and successful student athletes. She strives to keep her grades nothing lower than a B+ and takes pride in her school work. Coming from a place where girls aren't even allowed to play soccer, she has become a fearless leader on the field among boys and girls. Her kind heart and the smile she puts on through everything is inspiring. She is a role model to others in the program, and she is likely to continue to grow and push herself to achieve anything she wants.
Male Player of the Month
Tristan from Summerville, S.C.
Tristan is a leader on and off the field. His commitment to his academics and soccer are commendable. He stays on top of his schoolwork despite a busy schedule that includes traveling to soccer practice four per week. He is taking four dual credit college classes — calculus, engineering, chemistry and English — while also taking AP Biology. Tristan is ranked in the top 5 percent of his class, and he has strong morals and leads by example. When not traveling for soccer he is involved in the church youth group. Through that group, Tristan volunteers at a variety of organizations. Tristan’s club team, USA/MP 01 Premier (SC), is competing in the US Youth Soccer National League in the 2017-18 season.