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
Ella from Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Ella is a quiet, consistent, and strong player that lets her results do the talking. Off the field, she has earned her way onto the Principles Honor Roll three quarters in the row with perfect grades ever since starting middle school. She also knows how important it is to show up every single day and was awarded the perfect attendance award at her school. Ella’s passionate interest in sports inspired a recent essay she wrote at school that made it all the way to the principal’s office. The topic of her essay was “Why sixth graders should be allowed to play school sports," and it included research on how athletics help kids become better students. Ella is a top flight soccer player in Colorado and recently earned a spot in the newly formed US Youth Soccer ODP Colorado Mountain Region pool. She also helps out with her younger sister's Under-10 team and would even like to referee in the near future.
Male Player of the Month
Ethan from Hopkinsville, Ky.
Ethan’s competitive nature and team-oriented approach make him the type of player who can help can team. He is an offensive center midfielder who looks to create scoring opportunities for teammates, which helped him lead Kentucky with 32 assists in 2015 to go along with 14 goals. He recently traveled to Holland with the US Youth Soccer ODP Kentucky team to tour and train in the Netherlands. Ethan’s work ethic carries over to the classroom, where he holds a 4.0 GPA. In addition to his studies, he takes part in several extracurricular activities at school, including the 4-H Club, Beta Club and National Honor Society. He is also a student of the local Youth Leadership team, which provided opportunities to experience how city and private businesses operate. In addition to his clubs at school, Ethan has completed several mission projects as a member of his church youth group.