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
Peyton from Centennial, Colo.
Peyton is a midfielder who plays up a year on her club team in Colorado. She also competes with a 3v3 team, which won a national championship four times at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Off the field, Peyton stands out in the classroom and has been selected as the Aurora Scholar for her academic achievements. She also donates time to Project Cure, delivering meals to homebound people, as well her brother’s baseball team with Sports Made Possible — which pairs able-bodied athletes with disabled athletes, so they can play baseball. Peyton’s other passion is basketball, and when she’s not dribbling a ball at her feet, she is found dribbling one to the hoop.
Male Player of the Month
Since he began playing at age 3, Brandon has had passion, dedication and love for soccer. He plays during the fall and spring with his club and indoor teams, and continues to work on his game while simply playing with friends during the summer and winter seasons. Brandon has competed in national 3v3 competitions, recently made the US Youth Soccer ODP 2002 Boys training pool, and uses good technical skills to compete against older players with his club team. Off the field, he competes in University Interscholastic League Number Sense — in which he finished sixth this year — and maintains good grades in school.