Here is the June Team of the Month for the Midwest Region (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota).
Remember, this feature is to honor top performers in their region across the span of age groups. There will be a boys’ list and a girls’ list, and a new region will be covered every weekday, Tuesday through Friday of each month. You can submit nominations at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following is the Boys list (in no particular order). Scroll down for the Girls honorees.
Adrian Roman, Chicago Magic U14, Forward: Adrian scored a hat trick as his team won the Illinois State Cup final.
Francisco Sajuan, Chicago Fire U16 Academy: Francisco enjoyed a hot goal-scoring streak as his team clinched a berth in the USSF DA Playoffs, including a hat trick against Indiana United.
Jonathan Hernandez, Chicago Magic U16 Academy, Midfielder: Jonathan scored to help the Magic defeat crosstown rivals Chicago Fire 3-1, part of an 8-goal season.
Tyler David, Minnesota Thunder U16 Academy Forward: Tyler scored as the Thunder closed their USSF DA regular season with a pair of wins to clinch a wildcard berth in the playoffs.
Ricardo Lopez-Espin, Shattuck-St. Marys U16 Academy, Forward: His hat trick keyed Shattuck’s 3-2 win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri.
Muhammad Eddosa, Shattuck-St. Marys U18 Academy, Forward: Eddosa scored twice in his team’s 4-1 victory over Colorado Rapids.
Gerald Ben, Minnesota Thunder U18 Academy, Forward: Gerald scored twice in a win over Colorado Rapids, tallying 10 goals in the DA season.
Jeffrey Gal, Sockers FC U18 Academy, Goalkeeper: Jeffrey recorded a pair of shutouts in goal as Sockers clinched a wild card berth in part through wins over Chicago Magic and Crew Soccer Academy.
Jacob Brindle, Chicago Fire U18 Academy, Forward: Jacob scored in an important 2-1 win over Internationals as the team earned a wild card berth for the USSF DA Playoffs.
David Caban, Chicago Fire U18 Academy, Defender: David continued as a stalwart in defense for the Fire all season. He plans to attend Wisconsin.
Following is the Girls list (in no particular order).
Katie Naughton, Sockers FC U17, Defender: Katie, a veteran youth national team player, was recently selected to the Chicago Tribune’s All-State team for her work at Elk Grove High School.
Kayla McCoy, Eclipse Select West U14, Forward: Kayla scored twice as Eclipse won the Illinois State Cup final.
Zoe Redei, Eclipse Select North Black U13, Forward: Zoe scored twice in the final as Eclipse took yet another State Cup title.
Jenna Romano, Team Chicago, U16, Defender: Jenna was recently honored as a Chicago Tribune All-State selection for her play at Waubonsie Valley High School.
Michelle Mottonen, Eclipse Select, U16, Forward: Michelle was chosen to the Chicago Tribune All-State team as a sophomore at Fremd High School.
Lexi Herrewig, Winnebago, Wisconsin U17, Forward: Scored 46 goals in 22 games in Wisconsin High School soccer.
Genevieve McGowan, FC United, U15, Midfielder: Ginny was the only freshman selected at any level for the Chicago Tribune’s All-State team.
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