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
Kayley from Rochester, Minn.
Kayley excels in soccer, as well as track and field and academics while taking part in several extra-curricular activities. She was the second-leading high school freshman goal scorer in soccer for the state of Minnesota in 2013 with 19 goals. This year, as a sophomore, she has 22 goals and is currently ranked third overall in the state of Minnesota — bringing her total to more than 40 goals in less than two seasons of high school soccer. She was selected as athlete of the week by the local TV station for all sports in September 2014, an honor rarely given to a soccer player. She has been to US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Region II camps multiple times and has worked as a soccer referee and assistant coach in Rochester. Kayley also excels in track and field, as she made the track and field honor role for 100-meter and 200-meter sprints last year. She is also an all honors student with a GPA of 4.3. She is in debate club, Latin club, student government and Knowledge Bowl. She placed Summa Cum Laude in the Latin examinations in 2014.
Male Player of the Month
If Morgan is not playing or practicing soccer, he is watching it or dreaming of his favorite teams. He is playing up a year this season and has had excellent efforts in the first three games, including a goal late in the first half of an eventual 4-3 win against a very skilled team. He practices four days a week with his team but also does extra training with his favorite coaches and before school. He excels in school and has never gotten anything less than straight-As in a very competitive school district. Although his first language is English, all his studies in school have been in Spanish. He is now fluent in Spanish, as well as English. He feels this will be very important in his soccer career to communicate with different players and coaches. He went to Alabama this year for the US Youth Soccer ODP Boys Region III Camp and impressed coaches with his vibrant personality, coachable attitude, skills and leadership on and off the field. Morgan is humble when he does well and rarely celebrates after making a goal. Instead, he gives the glory to God and praises his teammates for excellent work.