PLANO, Texas (June 2, 2009) – The Gatorade Company, in parternship with ESPN Rise has announced U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team midfielder Dillon Powers as the 2008-09 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
Powers, who plays for Andromeda SC of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, recently returned from the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal, where he appeared in all three U.S. games to help the team to a 1-1-1 record. Powers was also part of the U-18 MNT that finished first at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January.
Powers joins Lee Nguyen (2004-05, Plano East HS) and Nick Garcia (1996-97, Bishop Lynch HS) as the only other high school boys soccer players from the state of Texas to earn Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year honors.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Powers as the nation’s best high school boys soccer player. A national advisory board comprised of sportswriters and sport-specific experts from around the country helped select Powers from more than 383,000 high school boys soccer players nationwide. Powers is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year Award, to be presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior midfielder scored 16 goals and passed for 24 assists this past season, leading the Wildcats (23-3-5) to the Class 5A state championship. The Dallas Morning News All-Area Player of the Year, Powers completed his high school career with 39 goals and 57 assists. A 2008 All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Powers is the No. 6-rated recruit in the Class of 2009 by ESPNU and TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Powers has maintained an A average in the classroom. He has served as a member of the Student Council at Plano High and has completed multiple community-service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society, including peer tutoring. He has also volunteered on behalf of his local church youth group
Powers has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE, which works with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information and lists of past winners and future announcement dates, visit gatorade.com/playeroftheyear.