Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month, presented by Sports Authority, 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
Jordan from Bethel Park, Pa.
Jordan is a member of the US Youth Soccer ODP PA West 1999 team and has attend the US Youth Soccer ODP Region I camp for the past five years. She has captained her club team for four years while leading the side in assists five of six years. Jordan maintains a 4.3 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. In the winter, she coordinates a six-week futsal league for her entire club, and she has participated in trips to feed the homeless of Pittsburgh. Jordan is passionate about coaching soccer and has attended two NSCAA Conventions. She also has her U.S. Soccer ‘F’ License and is working to get her ‘E’ License this summer. Jordan is interested in becoming a doctor in sports medicine, so she can help athletes overcome injuries.
Male Player of the Month
Justin from Northville, Mich.
There is a long list of accomplishments for Justin in his academic, athletic and community exploits. He has posted the highest GPA in his junior class of 300 students in multiple semesters while getting all As in AP and honors classes. And he received the lone Harvard Book Award in his school. On the field, he led his club to its first US Youth Soccer State Cup title in 20 years and helped his high school team win regionals for the first time in 19 years. Justin led both teams in points during the title runs. In the summer, he volunteers to work with kids in Detroit and helps with PBJ Ministries to make sandwiches for the homeless in the city. He has also passed out food and supplies during snow storms, and he does everything while managing his time between school, sports, family and friends.