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
Makayla from Elizabethtown, Ky.
Makayla is a selfless player who competes for both her club team and high school junior varsity squad. She plays wherever her club team needs her, and despite not being a trained goalkeeper, she has stepped up to be the main keeper for her team. A well-rounded player, she enjoys distributing the ball from the midfield and knows an assist is as valuable as a goal. Makayla is also a youth soccer referee and a straight-A student as an eighth-grader. She belongs to Green Club, Beta Club and volunteers with various organizations. She also recently participated as a buddy at her club’s US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer Festival, which she loved. Makayla continues to work hard, both on and off the field, and has a passion for helping others.
Male Player of the Month
Zack from Merriam, Kan.
Zack is a hard worker on and off the field. He has a passion for reading and giving to kids who may not have the same opportunities as he has been afforded. This year, he has found organization to which he can donate books. He has donated not only books, but clothes, furniture and other needed items. Academically, he was selected for the gifted program at the age of 6 and has scored above average in standardized testing. Zack has played soccer since he was 3 and was selected for US Youth Soccer ODP in Kansas at 9. He is a top striker for his club team with the ability to play any position. Zack displays leadership to go along with an outstanding balance of academics, athletics and service to his community.