Each month, we will be recognizing one male and one female US Youth Soccer Player of the Month, 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
Janie from Slidell, La.
Janie has been a force for both her club and high school soccer teams. She is the captain of her 16-and-Under team despite playing up a year. Her club team is the two-time defending US Youth Soccer Louisiana State Cup champions. Janie was also the starting center back for her 5A state championship team as an eighth grader and made 2nd team all-district that season. She is a young lady who also excels off the field, as she has straight As and a 4.0 GPA. She also donates her off time training younger kids at summer camps. Janie is well-rounded, both on and off the field, as she looks to do her best as a player, person and student.
Male Player of the Month
Brayden from Noblesville, Ind.
Brayden has been in love with soccer since he was 3 years old and played club soccer since his 8-and-Under season. He is a leader and motivator for his team and often chosen as captain. He and his team were rewarded for their work ethic by advancing to the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup earlier this summer, and they also gained promotion to the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League for the Spring 2018 season. When not practicing with his club team, he enjoys refereeing for the younger age groups, and participating in Indiana's US Youth Soccer ODP program. Off the field, Brayden is an honor roll student with advanced math, science and English classes. This past school season he was selected for National Junior Honor Society and was voted "Best Student" by his teachers.