February 5th, Waltham, MA, 2019; GPS are proud to announce Aki Yuasa as the GPS National Team Female Player of the Year.
Aki and the 2002 Girls travelled to California to attend the Surf Cup in San Diego where they competed against some of the best sides from up and down the West Coast. They were unlucky to not advance beyond the group stage but capped off their tournament with an impressive 4-0 victory.
Aki currently plays for Synergy FC in Vermont and has repeatedly caught eyes with her on field performances. She has travelled to Munich to train with FC Bayern on 3 occasions, including sessions with the FC Bayern Frauen senior side.
Quote from National Team Coach: Paul Baber - “Aki has shown throughout her time with the GPS National Team program that she is truly a very talented, competitive and committed player. She conducts herself in a very professional manner at all times and is always striving to get better. After one of her games at the Surf Cup this past summer I had 7 different Division 1 coaches immediately ask me for more information on Aki. Her athletic and technical ability, along with constantly being involved in the game, makes her stand out even at that high level of competition. I am very proud to have nominated Aki for this award as not only is she a fantastic soccer player but also a great individual and the type of player all coaches would like on their team, not only for their playing ability but also for their leadership qualities.”
Quote from Aki: “The 02 girls GPS National Team, on which I was selected to play, competed last summer at the Surf Cup in San Diego. There I got the opportunity to play quality teams and evaluate myself against players at the upper levels. With the support from coach Paul Baber and my teammates, I was able to learn a lot from the experience and had a great time playing soccer in the process. In addition to having the opportunity to evaluate myself personally, there were many college coaches attending who were able to give me feedback, and helped me to start the college recruitment process.
I feel very humbled to receive this award, and I look forward to the the next opportunity to play on the GPS national team.”