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
Grace from Boise, Idaho
Grace is a standout defender for Boise High, FC Nova, Idaho US Youth Soccer ODP and US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV, and she recently earned an invitation to the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Camp. She has played nearly every position on the field, including goalkeeper when her team’s regular keeper sustained an injury just a few weeks before they headed to the Far West Regionals. Grace works just as hard off the field as she does on it, as she pays her soccer fees $10 at a time using money she earns refereeing and babysitting. She volunteers at various places, helps as a TOPSoccer Buddy and works hard in the classroom. Grace is always positive around her teammates, no matter the situation, and she can communicate and relate with just about anyone she comes across.
Male Player of the Month
Though only 11 years old, Isaiah has already made an impact on and off the soccer field. As a player, he was the leading scorer in the Under-9 Sandlapper League when he was just 6. He traveled to England last spring with Manchester City’s Academy program and has been asked to return to England and train with Everton. He’s also received the Discoveries Soccer Club Male Player of the Year award. Isaiah has done his part to promote the game and good citizenship, as well. He organized "The Sylvia Cup
" soccer tournament at his school to promote friendship during recess and is an ‘A’ student when in the classroom. He’s also participated in The National Kidney Foundation Walk, Alzheimer’s Walk and has assisted in Operation Christmas Child for several years.