KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 17, 2023) – United Soccer Coaches announced on Friday its 2023 Member Club/Youth Awards for its Coach of the Year and All-America programs. The awards were selected from online nominations received from members who were a part of the association’s Member Club program in 2023 and/or youth coaches who are individual members of the organization.
Youth Coach of the Year
Bobby Puppione, Centreville, Va.
The 2023 Youth Coach of the Year is Bobby Puppione from TSJ FC Virginia in Northern Virginia. Puppione is the Girls Academy Director at TSJ FC Virginia, a Coach Educator and Scout, and is on the board of the Washington DC/Baltimore-based non-profit organization Leveling the Playing Field.
A member since 2006, Puppione has been coaching youth soccer for more than 15 years and has earned his United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma and holds a U.S. Soccer A license. Before becoming Girls Academy Director at TSJ FC Virginia, he served in various director roles at CUP/Cincinnati United. Through his coaching career, Puppione has also helped hundreds of players move on to play college soccer, along with working with players at the youth national team level.
Puppione looks to provide the best long-term developmental environment for players to grow as people and players. He has had a positive influence on hundreds of players, helping them develop valuable life skills and falling in love with the game at the same time.
Youth Boys Player of the Year
Jack Brown, Lititz, Pa.
Recognized as one of the top creative midfielders in MLS Next, Brown is a repeat All-American. The left-footer is a member of PA Classics and scored 22 goals with 33 assists over the previous two seasons. He previously helped the Philadelphia Union Academy to a runner-up finish in MLS Next. Brown is committed to Georgetown University for Fall 2024.
Youth Girls Player of the Year
Mya Townes, Aldie, Va.
Mya Townes, a junior/class of 2025 forward for TSJ FC Virginia Girls Academy has been a member of the U.S. U17 Women’s Youth National Team along with U17 Girls Academy team at TSJ FC Virginia. She has been called in to national team camps for the past three years and earlier this year helped lead the U.S. U16 Women’s National Team to a tournament title at the Mondial Montaigu Football Tournament in France. Townes’ club team won the 2022 Girls Academy National Championship and finished third at Nationals in 2023. She is verbally committed to play college soccer at the University of Georgia.
2023 Member Club/Youth Boys All-Americans
|Zayan Ahmed||Solar Soccer Club||Allen, Texas|
|Leonardo Aviles||Players Development Academy||Harrison, N.J.|
|Mitchell Baker||Black Rock FC||Lake Placid, N.Y.|
|Jake Basinet||San Diego Surf||Bonsall, Calif.|
|Brecken Bowers||Crossfire Premier SC||Woodlinville, Wash|
|Jack Brown*||Pennsylvania Classics||Lititz, Pa.|
|Tobias Crear||Dallas Texans||Carrollton, Texas|
|Charles DeMarco||Blau Weiss Gotschee||New York, N.Y.|
|Gabe Fernandez||Pacific Northwest SC||Port Orchard, Wash.|
|Evrit Fisher||DKSC||North Richland Hills, Texas|
|Eric Frintu||Crossfire Premier SC||Redmond, Wash.|
|Luke Gonda||Sockers FC||Palatine, Ill.|
|Ransford Gyan||Cedar Stars Academy||Accra, Ghana|
|Miles Imparato||Chargers SC||Tampa, Fla.|
|Cyrus Klinenberg*||Met Oval Academy||New York, N.Y.|
|Marcus Lee*||Strikers FC||Foothill Ranch, Calif.|
|Salif Leintu||Bethesda SC||Potomac, Md.|
|Beckett Miller||Strikers FC||San Clemente, Calif.|
|Noe Morales||Legends FC||Fontana, Calif.|
|Cole Ramey||Solar Soccer Club||Richardson, Texas|
|William Schroeder||Sockers FC||Inverness, Ill.|
|Patrick Shaw||Players Development Academy||Marlboro, N.J.|
|Jude Stone||Santa Rosa United||Santa Rosa, Calif.|
|Joel Torbic||Barca Academy||State College, Pa.|
|Matthew Zachemski||Sockers FC||Itasca, Ill.|
2023 Member Club/Youth Girls All-Americans
|Nawreen Ahmad*||McLean Youth Soccer/Virginia Union FC||Falls Church, Va.|
|Addison Bailey*||Cook Inlet SC||Anchorage, Alaska|
|Shaela Bradley||Portland Thorns Academy||La Center, Wash.|
|Alyssa Calcaterra||Cook Inlet SC||Eagle River, Alaska|
|Ella Callanan*||Portland Thorns Academy||Portland, Ore.|
|Clotine Chase||Portland Thorns Academy||Springfield, Ore.|
|Aleksia Christensen||TSJ FC Virginia U19 GA||Ashburn, Va.|
|Katie Shea Collins*||Tennessee Soccer Club||Gallatin, Tenn.|
|Abby Cox||Portland Thorns Academy||North Plains, Ore.|
|Ellie Felt**||Portland Thorns Academy||Portland, Ore.|
|Allie Flanagan||TSJ FC Virginia U19 GA||Purcellville, Va.|
|Kennedy Fletcher*||Portland Thorns Academy||Portland, Ore.|
|Lexi Grundler**||Tennessee Soccer Club||Brentwood, Tenn.|
|Hannah Harms*||McLean Youth Soccer/Virginia Union FC||Vienna, Va.|
|Alana Harry||Portland Thorns Academy||Beaverton, Ore.|
|Carrie Helfrich*||McLean Youth Soccer/Virginia Union FC||McLean, Va.|
|Addy Hess**||TSJ FC Virginia U19 GA||Ashburn, Va.|
|Ava Nucci*||McLean Youth Soccer/Virginia Union FC||Chevy Chase, Md.|
|Maddie Padelski||Tennessee Soccer Club||Nolensville, Tenn.|
|Viviana Pope||TSC FC Virginia U19 GA||Aldie, Va.|
|Erika Schneider||TSC FC Virginia U19 GA||Aldie, Va.|
|Grace Shank||McLean Youth Soccer/Virginia Union FC||McLean, Va.|
|Krista Tehan||TSC FC Virginia U19 GA||Ashburn, Va.|
|Mya Townes||TSC FC Virginia U17 GA||Aldie, Va.|
|Ashleigh Vizek||TSC FC Virginia U19 GA||Leesburg, Va.|
*Indicates repeat selection
National Players of the Year are bolded