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

Name Club Hometown
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


Name Club Hometown
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