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
Mikayla from Rocklin, Calif.
Mikayla plays on a competitive soccer team and hopes to play the game her whole life. Whether it is at training, practice, games or in her backyard, she kicks a soccer ball around every day. In September, she took three free kicks in one game and scored on each one. Mikayla wants to stay well-rounded, and she maintains a 4.0 GPA in school. She runs on her middle school cross country team and has been a Girl Scout since she was in Kindergarten — where she enjoys working on charitable projects with her troop. One of her goals is to one day be an inspiration to younger girls who want to play the game of soccer.
Male Player of the Month
Cooper has been playing club soccer for six years and recently joined Greensboro United. At his new club, his positive attitude from the goalkeeper position has helped lead his team to an 18-2 record, with eight shutouts along the way. In the classroom, Cooper had a difficult time in elementary school but has put in extra work and time to improve his schoolwork. His determination paid off, as he was named to the National Junior Honor Society last May. Cooper also volunteers with his local US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program, which allows him to work with special needs athletes to help them achieve their soccer goals.