Chicago high school soccer player honored as one of nation’s top goalkeeper

Michael Calderon and Brad Guzan
Michael Calderon (L), a sophomore soccer player at Burbank’s St. Laurence High School, was honored as one of the nation's top goalkeepers on Friday. Photo credit Carolina Garibay

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Michael Calderon, a sophomore soccer player at Burbank’s St. Laurence High School, received applause from teammates as he was awarded the 2022 DUDE Wipes Clean Sheet Award on Friday.

The award honors the country's top high school goalkeepers. He said being picked for the award feels amazing.

"I feel very honored to be chosen [as the] best keeper in the tournament,” Calderon said. “I was chosen out of, like, 104 schools. It's a great feeling to be chosen.”

The award was presented to him by pro soccer star Brad Guzan, who also played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Guzan, a Chicago-area native, said he loves being able to give back to his community.

"To be able to take five, 10 minutes and present him with the award — you know, one that he's not expecting to receive or win —  to be able to have that moment for him as well as everyone else; it's a special day," Guzan said.

In addition to the award, Calderon received custom goalie gloves, two tickets to a Chicago sports game, a life-size player poster with Guzan, and a check to donate to his favorite charity.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Carolina Garibay