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
Allison from Bettendorf, Iowa
Allison has a true passion for soccer, and she works very hard on and off the field to achieve her goals. She showed determination when she didn’t make the US Youth Soccer ODP team in Iowa, but she worked hard and made the ODP team in Illinois each of the last two years. Allison has helped coach her younger sister’s team for the last three seasons and is known to organize pickup soccer games in her neighborhood. She also raised more than $700 in 2012 to benefit Soccer for Success. Allison works just as hard in the classroom, as she has earned high grades in school despite having dyslexia. She treats all people with respect and doesn’t let anything get in her way and motivates others with obstacles to do the same.
Male Player of the Month
Jack shows leadership and dedication to the team on the soccer field, as he has been a captain on his club team for three years despite playing up a year. He is willing to play wherever the team needs him and has lined up as a forward, midfielder and defender for his teams. Jack is an active member of US Youth Soccer ODP and helped the Illinois team advance to the 2014 ODP Championships, where he was named one of the top players by TopDrawerSoccer.com. While he has some learning difficulties, Jack has applied himself in school and worked hard to earn a good GPA and invitation to the National Honor Society. He also volunteers time to help train younger players and prepare incoming freshmen for high school tryouts.