At the recently concluded US Youth Soccer National Championships, Noah Robertson of the Santa Clara Sporting 02B Green team achieved quite a feat…he was named to the Best Eleven Team as well as presented with the Golden Ball award.

The Best Eleven is awarded annually and recognizes the top 11 performers in each gender age group, irrespective of their position on the field, at the National Championships.  The players are selected by the coaches of the teams participating in that age group throughout the tournament.

Annually awarded to the players in each division who have the greatest competitive impact in the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the Golden Ball awards date back to the FIFA World Cup. Noah joins an illustrious list of players who have been recognized by US Youth Soccer for this outstanding achievement.

Soccer roots run deep in the Robertson family. Noah is the youngest of three brothers, each of whom followed in their father Steve’s footsteps. Steve played for Santa Clara University and helped the Broncos program to the 1989 NCAA title before going on to play professionally for Real Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks. Steve continues his involvement today by serving as a Board Member and Coach with the Santa Clara Sporting Club.  Older brothers Andrew and Joshua also came up through the Sporting Club.  Andrew now plays collegiately at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo while Joshua was on a team that also played in the USYS National Championships in 2017 as part of the Sporting 00B Green team.

In a homework assignment submitted when he was just 13, his passion for soccer was evident. “All my life I have wanted to become a professional soccer player. My dream is to play for Manchester United. If that doesn’t work I want to be the CEO of Nike.”

Noah began playing soccer at age four, and after migrating to the Sporting Club as an 8-year old, he transitioned to competitive soccer and has continued his commitment to the Santa Clara program ever since. Along with his Sporting teammates, he has gone on to achieve numerous notable accomplishments, including Cal North State Cup championships, a Far West Regional Championship, the Surf Cup championship as well as being invited to several high-profile tournaments.

Additionally Noah has been recognized for excellence as a member of the Archbishop Mitty High School varsity team.  Earlier this year, he was the only sophomore selected to the 1st team All Central Coast Soccer Section. As he focuses on his role as a scholar-athlete and maintains a 4.0 GPA, Noah aspires to play at the next level, and hopes to play for a strong college program with a great academic reputation

He credits the influence of his coaches John Azevedo and Justin Slaven, the inspiration of his brothers and first and foremost, his dad as the biggest motivational factors in his soccer career.

In addition to soccer, Noah loves music.  As a self-taught musician who was urged on by his uncle (with a little help from YouTube), Noah learned how to play the acoustic guitar.

As is the case with many 16 year olds, Noah loves spending time with his family and friends, watching his favorite TV show (The Office) and playing NBA2K and FIFA.

Congratulations Noah!  Cal North is proudly watching your progression as an athlete, student and exceptional young man.


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