LA Galaxy forward and US Soccer youth star Paul Arriola has been named the NSCAA 2012 Boys Player of the Year, the standout told the 91st Minute. Arriola will join a host of other top All Americans at the NSCAA Convention next month in Indianapolis where he’ll essentially be crowned as the best youth player in the country.
Arriola, who is ranked in the top 10 of the IMG Academy 150, has long been one of the top prospects in the country. His 2012 has been another banner year that saw him star with the US U18 squad while leading his team to the Development Academy playoffs.
“Coming out of a U17 World Cup in 2011, I thought 2012 was going to be crucial for me to continue to work hard and keep developing as a player without dropping off at all,” Arriola told the 91st Minute. “I was able to do that, so overall I thought 2012 was a good year and hope that I can only continue to grow as a player and as a person in the upcoming years.
In 2011, Arriola overcame a stress fracture to make the U17 squad and has not looked back since. Arriola is committed to UCLA in 2013 but he’s far from done at the youth level.
“It’s an honor to (win this award). It’s great to be recognized for all the hard work and dedication I have had as a young athlete and this is just another step on my journey in my soccer career,” he said. “I can’t thank my family, coaches, friends, and teammates who have pushed me and supported me and most importantly God for the opportunity he has given me.”