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
Skyler from New Fairfield, Conn.
Skyler shows great leadership on and off the field. She is a dedicated player, and she was awarded the Players’ Player honor by her teammates in the fall of 2015. In helping her team to the championship in a recent tournament, Skyler was a key member of the defense while also leading her team in assists. When not playing soccer, Skyler worked at the Ocean City, Md., Branch Library during the summer. She became the youngest volunteer ever accepted at the library and proved to be so valuable that she was asked to return the next summer. Her extracurricular activities do not slow her down in the classroom. As a sixth grader, she is at the top of her class, reads at a 12-plus grade level and consistently scores in the 95-99 percentile in math and standardized tests. Skyler is level headed and focused on her goals, and she is very humble and always pushes herself to be the best that she can be.
Male Player of the Month
DJ from San Diego, Calif.
DJ makes an impact on the field for his club team at Albion SC, his school team and as a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program. He displays perseverance, technical ability, aggressiveness and vision while playing soccer, and he also promotes teamwork and great sportsmanship both on and off the field. DJ plays several different positions, including goalkeeper, and will line up wherever his coach asks in any given game. Off the field, he has joined his family in helping package canned good for the homeless; donated clothing, shoes and other items to disabled veterans; and delivered food for the elderly and disabled this past Thanksgiving. DJ is also competitive in school and takes pride in being in the top of his class. He makes sure to finish his schoolwork in a timely manner before turning his focus to soccer.