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Players of the Month | July 2013

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

 
Emma from Coralville, Iowa
 emma PoM
Emma completed her junior high school years as a Presidential Scholar and achieved a 4.0 grade point average. For her success in the classroom, she was selected to represent her school at the prestigious Belin-Blank Institute at the University of Iowa. Emma’s hard work and leadership can also be seen in her soccer pursuits. On the field, Emma has helped her club team to a pair of runner-up finishes in the Iowa State Cup and a trio of indoor state championships. She has also been a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Iowa state team since its inception. After seeing Emma play, Breidablik FC, a very successful women’s club from Kópavogur, Iceland, invited her to train with the squad.
 
 

Male Player of the Month

 
Kevin from Rockland, Mass.
Kevin Strobel

Kevin has played soccer since he was 5 and was the varsity goalkeeper for his high school team all four years. His athletic involvement comes in addition to his hard work in school, where he’s also a lead member of the band. Kevin graduated third in his class and earned the Male Student/Athlete award from his school, as well as the South Shore League Scholar-Athlete award. He’s been a leader in several academic groups, a member of the National Honor Society and has given much of his time to volunteer with town soccer programs. He mentored younger players and assisted in the "Train the Coaches" sessions, which aim to improve the skills and knowledge of the town’s coaches and parents.
 
If you'd like to nominate a player, please fill out the form on this page: http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/players/player_of_the_month_nomination_form/
 
Past honorees: