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
Cassidy from Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Cassidy is a consistent player who keep a team-first mentality whenever she steps on the field. She sets personal goals that she aims to achieve while also making sure to keep the spirits high in all of her teammates, especially during difficult times. In addition to playing soccer, Cassidy is also involved in competitive karate and is an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America program at her school, which allows her to give back to the community. Over the holiday season, she took the initiative to meet with her school principal and set up “Teens for Jeans,” which collects jeans within her entire school to provide to the homeless. In addition to her volunteer efforts, Cassidy has maintained straight As for her entire school career — providing further evidence to the dedication and sense of responsibility she adopted from playing soccer.
Male Player of the Month
Sean from Puyallup, Wash.
Sean is a leader at school, in the community and on the soccer field. He plays for Washington Premier SC and was a goalkeeper for the Washington 99 team at the 2016 US Youth Soccer ODP Championships. For both his club and US Youth Soccer ODP teams, Sean is a top player and leader on the field. At his school, he is in the AP program and also part of the Mission Trek Program, which allows kids to spend their weekends volunteering in the community. Sean is a member of several other organizations and works with his local TOPSoccer program, as well. In all, he served more than 300 community service hours last year. Sean continues to make an impact in the community to honor his father, who he lost to cancer when he was in second grade, and shows his dedication in the classroom, through volunteer programs and on the soccer field.