ESPNBoston.com and its high school section today announced that Thayrone Miranda, senior forward for the Somerville Highlanders, is the recipient of its second annual "Mr. Soccer" award, presented annually to the top high school soccer player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Soccer award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents. Miranda joins Needham’s Mac Steeves (2012) as the award’s recipients.
Miranda will be presented the award at a later date.
“I’ve never seen a player like Thayrone,” Somerville 11-year assistant coach Tiago Moreira said. “He’s something special. Mentally, I think he was ready this year to take the team to the title game.”
Miranda helped to lead the Highlanders to the Division 1 state title game this season. In 2013, Miranda tallied 20 goals and 12 assists while being named Most Valuable Player of the Greater Boston League for a second time, despite missing some of the season due to an offseason knee surgery. He swept through all the Coaches Association’s honors, claiming Eastern Mass. (third time), All-State (third) and All-New England (second) honors while being named an All-American.
For his career, Miranda scored 78 goals and was a Greater Boston League All-Star in each of his four varsity seasons.
“He’s a fully developed player,” Moreira said. “He has so much control over his body, you just can’t teach that stuff.”