• 11-MAY-2016

2015-2016 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year Announcement

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Lucas Mendes of Washington-Lee High School (Arlington, Va.) was announced as the 2015-16 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. ESPN analyst and former Major League Soccer (MLS) MVP Taylor Twellman surprised Mendes with the news during an exclusive meet & greet with the Washington-Lee boys soccer team.

The surprise plot had Lucas and his teammates believing that Taylor was speaking to the student body on a variety of sports topics ranging from concussions to sportsmanship, with the meet & greet happening beforehand. During the meet & greet, Taylor pulled out the national trophy and the realization set in for Lucas that he was the 2015-16 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year.

In addition to the above, the video is available on the Gatorade POY YouTube page: Lucas Mendes 2015-2016 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year​​


About the Gatorade Player of the Year Program

In its 31th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Player of the Year Program recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. 

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 USA TODAY High School Sports and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.