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
Kelsey from Woodbury, Minn.
Kelsey is a three-sport athlete who plays soccer, hockey and golf at a high level. In each sport, she is committed to the idea of team above all else. She has captained her club soccer team for the past two seasons and does well to bring together players from various backgrounds. Kelsey is willing to step up and take on any task for the betterment of the team. Off the field, she organizes community service, such as work with Relay for Life, for her team and often volunteers at the club’s tournaments. She is also a dedicated student who realizes the importance of academics, and she works to raise money for herself to player soccer and attend camps to improve her game.
Male Player of the Month
Moses played for a pair of soccer teams this season, and despite being the youngest on his main club team, he led the squad in goals and assists. He also plays on a futsal team in which he scored 27 goals and registered eight assists in nine matches. Moses has a great passion for the game and displays good sportsmanship to his teammates and players on the opposing teams. His hard work and dedication is not limited to the soccer field. He is also a top student in school and works on several projects at his local church to help others in need. This spring, Moses is continuing to play the sport he loves while testing his skills in an older division.