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Players of the Month | October 2013

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

 
Lillie from Seymour, Ind.
 Lillie PoM
Though just 9 years old, Lillie has a great passion for soccer. She is a talented forward who recently moved up to U-11 from U-9. She has participated in many soccer camps and clinics and was given "The Coaches Award" at Indiana University soccer camp. Lillie has an incredible heart on and off the field. She once was awarded player of the game by an opposing team and chose to give her player patch to another teammate that she felt deserved it more. When her school was raising money for a family fighting cancer through a fundraiser called "Penny Wars," she insisted to donate all of her money in her piggy bank. Lillie is a straight A student and is also active in her church through youth group and choir. She is an active 4H member that loves learning about the responsibilities of caring for animals.
 

Male Player of the Month

 
Matthew from Grayson, Ga.
Matthew PoM

Matthew is a goalkeeper who plays the game with a big heart and determination. He recently made it through preliminary US Youth Soccer ODP tryouts and is preparing for state ODP tryouts. He’s been able to erase doubts of his ability due to a shorter stature. In school, Matthew is consistently on the honor roll, and he doesn’t let mild Tourette Syndrome or ADD stand in his way from being a positive leader. Each October, Matthew dresses in pink from head to toe, and he collects names of women impacted by breast cancer and dedicates each game to them. He also dedicates games to others impacted by cancer to help spread awareness. He is a determined person with good technical skills, and he’s always working to get better.
 
 
If you'd like to nominate a player, please fill out the form on this page: http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/players/player_of_the_month_nomination_form/
 
Past honorees: