2008 Rush Soccer News Archive

U.S. Youth Soccer announces regional rosters; five Rush players named to regional teams for the 1993 boys age group.
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3 Va Rush players selected by NSCAA as High School All AmericansKristin Carden
Former Va Rush Goalkeeper and currently starting Goalkeeper for Virginia Tech
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Jordan Cyrus
Current Va Rush USDA player. Will be attending Maryland Fall 2009

Adam Klink
Former Va Rush USDA player. Current Goalkeeper for Rutgers
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Tennessee Rush Hires MLS Veteran Ross Paule to serve as Technical Director for the club.
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(12.08.08) Arizona Rush 92 girls win the Nomads College Showcase
The Arizona Rush 92 Nike Girls won the prestigious Nomads College Showcase in San Diego, California. The girls won the group with scoring 6 goals and only 2 goals against. The offense continued to be red hot scoring 7 goals in the quarter-finals and semi-finals. In the quarters, the girls beat a tough San Juan Spirits team 3-1, and than rolled over Matrix SC 4-2 to secure a spot in the finals. In the finals the girls faced United Futbol Club, and the game went to over-time and penalty kicks. It went down to the 8th sudden death kicker, and Lorena Oragon made the game winning penalty kick save to claim the U17 Premier Nomads College Showcase title for the Arizona Rush 92 Nike Girls. Congratulations ladies!

Savanna Hanson and Seattle Pacific - NCAA Division II National Champions Savanna played 103 of 108 minutes as SPU knocked off previously undefeated West Florida 1-0 to capture their first women's national title.  The game was 0-0 headed into over time and though SPU outshot UWF 6-2 in the over time period, it took until the 108th minute for SPU to get the winner.  The game was 2:13 away from heading into penalty kicks.  Congratulations to Savanna and Seattle Pacific University.  Read more.

Emmalie Pfankuch and North Carolina - NCAA Division I National Champions With 2:06 left in the second half of a 1-1 match, North Carolina scored in dramatic fashion to capture the national title.  Incredibly, this is the 20th national title in 27 years for the Tar Heels.  Emmalie (or Pfanny) played her role in coming off the bench to help.  Pfanny also set up the game winning penalty kick to help the Heels get passed UCLA in the semi-finals.  Congratulations to Pfanny and North Carolina.  Read more.

Florida Rush Shows well at the Raleigh Showcase as the boys 15's and 16's win championships!
Orlando, FL:  On November 15-23, the Florida Rush Nike Boys ages U-15 to U-18 collected a 12-1-1 tournament performance, which dominated the prestigious Capital Area Soccer League College Showcase in each of their respective divisions.  The club's only loss for the entire weekend, in the U15 final, had to be decided by penalty kicks after playing two overtime periods.

The CASL Boys Showcase is a highly visible event for competitive play and recruiting, with over 200 coaches in attendance this year from US colleges and universities.  Teams are accepted based on their past and current performance, so the weekend play is well qualified.

Although the Rush teams exhibited control over their outcomes, the matches were lively with 35 goals scored and 11 conceded.  Eight of the twelve Rush victories were decided by just one goal, signaling a well managed tournament structure for player and team development.  The group competed in a truly national showcase at a high level; their matches included teams from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, OS, and PAE.

At the time of this release, the teams updated 'Florida state rankings' are as follows:

Rush U15 Nike      Florida Rank - 11    Region 3 Rank  - 88      National Rank - 418 
Rush U16 Nike      Florida Rank - 1      Region 3 Rank  - 18      National Rank - 50
Rush U17 Nike      Florida Rank - 3      Region 3 Rank  - 18      National Rank - 71
Rush U18 Nike      Florida Rank - 2     Region 3 Rank  - 23      National Rank - 81

*Source: GotSoccer.com 

Rush Players Headed to Pro Combine
The Women's Professional Soccer League is holding it's first combine in December. Sarah Wagenfuhr (Florida State), Ameera Abdullah (Florida), Nikki Krzsik (Virginia) and Erika Sutton (Florida State) have all been invited. We wish them the best of luck in their professional endeavors!! For more information and to view the entire combine list, please click here.

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley has selected 19 players for a four-day training camp from Nov. 12-16 in Colorado.  Former Rush players, Conor Casey and Colin Clark are among the players hoping to make the final roster for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Guatemala on Nov 16th.  To read more click here.

Read an interview with Rush Soccer President & CEO Tim Schulz from This American Soccer.  Click Here

Hawaii Rush grows 
A big merger in Hawaii is making the Rush the largest club in the state.

It has been three years since Rush came to Hawaii, and since then Hawaii Rush continues to flourish and grow.  Real Hawaii Soccer Club, a well-known and successful club and Hawaii Rush have merged, thereby becoming the largest club in the State of Hawaii.  Both clubs share a common philosophy and belief to provide the best resources and assets for its members, as well as helping the entire youth soccer community by raising the standards to motivate other youth soccer organizations.  "I am not making a selfish decision, it is for the future of the game in Hawaii," said Sean Richardson, the head of Real Hawaii.  

With this merger, Real brings an experienced staff, a healthy, quality base of players and a supportive administrative cast while Rush brings experience, intellectual property, nation-wide and world-wide connections, an established reputation and the opportunities that come with it.  An immediate and positive impact for all its members has been achieved with the forging of assets and experience of the two clubs. 

A lot of work has gone into combining the teams and accommodating all our players, while a few of the youth division teams are undergoing changes.  The club now boasts eight staff directors, two of which are full time, two part time paid administrators, approximately 600 players placed in 43 teams, as well as new incoming players who will participate in the Rush Soccer School and other promotional programs. We also have four adult teams and a very dedicated army of volunteers who help with the club operations. The process has been a challenging one but very rewarding as we know the results of our hard work and dedication toward our young players will pay off.  We look forward to seeing the results of our vision and commitment.

Former Rush player scores a hat trick as the Colorado Rapids beat New York Red Bulls 5-4.
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US Under 14 Boys National Team Roster Includes Oscar Montes From Colorado's U14 Nike Boys
U.S. Under-14 Boys National Team head coach Manny Schellscheidt has named 38 players who will travel to the Thanksgiving Inter-Regional tournament from Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. will be split into two squads to compete against Under-15 Regional Teams from the Olympic Development Program.  Included in the U.S. pool will be Colorado's OZZIE!  Congratulations Oscar! 

Rush Alum Plays in US Open Cup Final
Former Colorado Rush standout Aaron King competed in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final with the Charleston Battery last week at RFK Stadium in front of 8,212 fans.  This was the first time a USL side has advanced to the finals since 1999.  The Battery came up short against their MLS opponent, DC United in a highly contested battle.  In time added on at the end of the match the Battery thought they had equalized. The ball wound up in the back of the net but the goal was disallowed as a Battery player was found in an offside position.  This is a fantastic achievement and the Rush family is very proud of Aaron for helping the Battery make it all the way to the final match in a competition against the best teams in the country.  Well done Aaron!!  Keep up the great work!! 

Four Rush Players Make College Debut in San Diego
The No. 1 USC Trojans women's soccer team opened the 2008 season with a 1-0 overtime victory over the No. 24 USD Toreros in San Diego.  Absent from the match was Olympic gold-medalist Amy Rodriguez.  However, two former Rush players Brittany Kerridge (Colorado Rush) and Carly Butcher (Alaska Rush) received good minutes in their USC debuts.
San Diego looked extremely impressive in their season debut, as they went toe-to-toe with the defending national champs forcing an overtime period. In the first half, the Toreros dominated the time of possession and out-shot the Trojans 6-3.  Included on the USD roster were two more Rush players, Maggie Maguire (Alaska Rush) and Brooke Hickerson (Colorado Rush).
Kerridge and Hickerson were teammates in Colorado as they recently won the 2008 U18 National Championship.  Maguire and Hickerson had similar success while winning eight State Championships while with the Alaska Rush.  Congratulations and good luck with your college seasons!

Aaron King to Play in US Open Cup Final
Former Colorado Rush standout Aaron King will be playing in his first ever US Open Cup Final with the Charleston Battery of the USL on Wednesday, September 3rd at 7:30 p.m. EST.  The game will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel.
The Charleston Battery earned a place in the U.S. Open Cup final for the first time in club history after winning a penalty kick shootout with the Seattle Sounders in the semifinals. The Battery are the first non-MLS team to advance to the final since the Rochester Raging Rhinos won the tournament in 1999.
King began his professional career with the LA Galaxy by being selected in the fourth round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.  On February 8, 2006, the Galaxy sent King to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a first round pick in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. In the spring of 2007, the Charleston Battery signed King after he impressed the team at trials.

Tennessee  Rush Excels at Regional Three ODP Camp
Three players named to Region Pools

Tennessee Rush was well represented this summer in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region III Camps. The Club sent over 30 players to the Regional camps held at the University of Alabama (Boys) and the University of Montevallo (Girls) .
A special congratulation to the three players selected to the regional pools Nick Jackson, Chandler Gagnon, and Arturo Rocha. These three boys will be eligible to travel with the regional teams on select domestic and international play during the upcoming soccer year.  
All Rush players performed exceptionally well, facing elite competition from North Texas and North Carolina just to name a few.  The boys also had time for fun, spending time with fellow players from the 12 states represented in the region. 

Click here to view footage from the opening ceremonies of the PSA World Youth Tournament.
Click here for footage of the Rush Select XI game versus Chivas Guadalajara.
Click here for footage of the Rush Select XI game versus the PSA Academy.
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Rush Soccer Sends Select XI Team To Prestegious PSA World Youth Tournament
Rush Soccer board member, Brad Friedel, a former U.S. National Team Goalkeeper and current goalkeeper for Aston Villa of the English Premier League, is also the CEO of Premier Soccer Academies (PSA).  PSA is a live-in soccer academy located in Lorain, Ohio.  Friedel is not only bringing a new element to soccer training in our country but has now created perhaps the most elite youth tournament our country has ever seen.  Over the next week (August 10-17), Lorain, Ohio will host some of the top players from around the world.  The field of teams includes the following club teams: Blackburn (England), Club America (Mexico), Chivas Guadalajara (Mexico).  PSA will have its own academy team present which includes top players from around the country.  The tournament also includes national teams from Nigeria, Venezuela and Chile.  Rush Soccer represents the only American club.  The Rush team will consist of  Rush players from Colorado, Utah, Tennessee, Oregon and Virginia.  The opening ceremonies commence on Sunday morning, the 10th, followed by the opening match of this prestigious tournament which will see the Rush Select XI compete against Chivas Guadalajara.  You can visitwww.premiersocceracademies.com for more information, and please visit our site again for updates throughout the week.
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U12 Festival a Huge Success
Lincoln, Nebraska was the venue for the inaugural Rush Soccer U12 Festival, where Rush partners from across the country came together for four days of soccer and fun.  12 U12 Boys and 8 U12 Girls teams descended upon Lincoln to experience a saturation of soccer which included matches, team training, functional training, classroom sessions and social events.

With in excess of fifteen "A" license coaches, including former World Cup, Olympic gold medal and National team coaches, over half of the Rush Clubs from across the country were in attendance.   The world class facility allowed indoor and outdoor sessions, and with the emphasis on education, players got to compete with some of the best Rush clubs across the country as well as socialize and learn together, in events such as leadership meetings, characteristics of Rush players, what it takes to become a top player and even events for Parent and Coaches education.

The plans are already in place for next year with the venue being up for debate, but with the event only getting better, we are very excited to get preparations underway for next years U12's to experience this unbelievable week of soccer.

Congratulations to the 91 Alaska Rush Nike Girls for their 2008 National Director's Cup Championship title.  We'll look for more great things throughout the rest of their Rush journey!


Colorado Rush U18 Girls Win National Championship!
Congratulations to Erik Bushey and his U18 Girl's team who were crowned National Champions after beating Sting.  Click  here to read more! 

Rush Soccer Sends Two Players to the U14 National Team Camp
Kaitlyn Lopez Makes National Team Pool

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Lopez (Arizona Rush 94 Nike Girls), for making the US U-14 National Team Pool. Kaitlyn was first selected to the Arizona State ODP Team that participated in the Region IV ODP Camp. From there, along with 25 other girls from Region IV, Kaitlyn was selected to the US National Team Camp to be held at Cal Poly Pomona in Southern California. Kaitlyn is now 1 out of 100 girls from across the country that will compete for a spot on the US National Team. 'Kaitlyn has wanted this ever since she began playing soccer,' says Chris Hospedales Head Coach of the 94 Nike Girls. 'We're so proud of her accomplishments, and her hard work and determination are finally paying off. We're wishing her good luck at National Camp.' 

Colorado's Lindsay Horan Makes National Team Pool
Congratulations to Lindsay Horan for making the U-14 National team pool.  Lindsay's journey consisted of first making the Colorado State Select team, then making the regional pool of 35 players then the region IV team of 25 players this past week July 7-10.  She along with 25 other players from region IV will participate in a national team camp in southern California July 27 through August 2. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“Lindsay has been working extremely hard these past six months," states Erik Bushey technical director of the Colorado Rush. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“She loves the game and pushing herself to get better.  We wish her all the best at national camp."

Regions I, II and II will also send 25 players each to participate in this prestigious event.

Michigan Rush Teams Making an Impact in Region II!

Under 14 Girls Nike Secure US Club Soccer Regional Championship! 
Congratulations to the Under 14 Girls Nike for their recent US Club Soccer Regional Championship!  Competing in the Super Group of the Indianapolis Regional the girls played some great soccer on their way to a 2 - 1 final win against Bangu Tsunami (MN).  In group play, Rush earned a 2-0-1 record with wins against Chicago Magic (IL) and Northern Steel (PAW) and a draw against FC Pride (IN).  With the Regional Championship under their belt the Rush has earned it's spot at the US Club Soccer National Tournament which will be held July 26th - 29th in Virginia Beach, Va.  The girls will look to cap off a great year with a US Club Soccer National Championship! 

Under 15 Girls Nike Come Home with US Club Soccer Regional Championship! 
The U15 Girls Nike recently traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the US Club Soccer Regional Championships.  The Rush enjoyed great success as they were able to bring home a US Club Soccer Regional Championship.  Competing in the Premier Division the team ended the week with an overall 2-0-1 record.  The team started the tournament with a convincing 2-0 win against Fort Wayne Fever (IN), earning a 2-2 draw against FC Pride (IN) and solidifying first place with a 3-0 shutout of Century United (PAW).  The team will be traveling to Virginia Beach, Va July 26th - 29th to compete in the US Club Soccer National Championship with hopes of bringing home yet another trophy! 

The Michigan Rush Nike U17 Boys ream recently completed a very successful 2008 Spring Season.  Playing in the MRL First Division, the MI Rush Boys went undefeated (7-0-2) in league play and ran the table in the MRL playoffs (3-0-0) to earn a promotion to the Premier Division of the MRL next spring.  Adding to their success story, the boys were Finalists in State Cup Competition, allowing only one goal in the preliminary round, quarter and semi-finals, before falling short of the State Championship by a PK (final 1-0) to last years National Runner up, Michigan Wolves.  Congratulations to the U17 Boys Michigan RUSH Nike on a fine season.

The Rush presence was felt across Region IV this past week as 21 teams representing 7 Rush clubs participated in this prestigious event.  Colorado (7), Alaska (4), Hawaii (3), Utah (2), New Mexico (3), Oregon (1) and Idaho (1) are among the Rush Clubs to have qualified for regionals by winning their state cup championship.  Nine of these teams advanced out of group play and into the knockout stages of the tournament in which 4 of them found their way into the regional finals.  

Unfortunately in the finals, the U13 Colorado Boys and the U18 New Mexico Boys ran out of the magic that helped them get there but wore the Rush jersey with such great pride and passion and should be commended for their efforts.  The 13's lost 5-1 while the 18's fell 2-1 to Cisco out of Arizona.  The U19 Colorado Boys played a quality match in front of a feisty Rush crowd but lost a heart breaker in penalty kicks to Sereno from Arizona.  The 19's were brilliant all week scoring several of the tournaments best goals.

The Rush however did have reason for celebration.  Congratulations are in order for the Colorado Rush U18 Girls as they won their first ever regional championship with an impressive 2-1 overtime victory over the Slammers out of Southern California.  Their next stop; Little Rock, Arkansas in pursuit of a National Championship.  Good luck and go Rush!