Marco Carducci and Sura Yekka are Canada’s U-17 Players of the Year for the 2013 soccer season.
The two standouts were chosen in an evenly shared vote by national-team coaches and Canadian clubs and coaches.
Carducci is a goalkeeper on the Men's U-17 Team and Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program. In 2013, he won a bronze medal at the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship, helping Canada qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013.
Yekka plays fullback with the Women's National Team program. She made her debut at the national "A" level on Oct. 31 in Edmonton. One month later, Yekka earned Canada's player of the match honours in her second match, a 0-0 draw with Mexico in Vancouver. She was named to the Canada Games All-Star Team in August.
Canadian U-17 Players of the Year
2013 - Marco Carducci and Sura Yekka
2012 - Marco Carducci and Ashley Lawrence
2011 – Bryce Alderson and Ashley Lawrence
2010 – Bryce Alderson and Diamond Simpson
2009 – Russell Teibert and Abigail Raymer
2008 – Russell Teibert and Monica Lam-Feist
2007 – Olivier Lacoste-Lebuis and Monica Lam-Feist