William Plaate from Curacao Rush recently was in Colorado on trial with the Colorado Rush Development Academy teams. William, who is the son of Henry, Director of Curacao Rush, shares some thoughts about his trial and the difference between Colorado where Rush began (1997), and Curacao which is a newer international branch (2013).
What do you like about Rush?
I like the people here, the atmosphere is very cool.
I’ve notice that everybody is willing to help anytime and I think that’s important in a soccer club.
Of course I like the idea that Rush is the biggest youth club in the world, it feels like you are part of something big.
The Rush Coaches are very professional when it’s practice time, they want you to be the best at anytime. You can feel that the practices are organized and they know where they want to go during the training session.
How did you learn about Rush?
A couple years ago, my team in Curacao partnered with Rush Soccer. It was a great occasion for us to show what we can do on a field, then Rush Soccer Director of International Affairs Brian Lux (pictured below with William and other Curacao Rush players) introduced me to Colorado Rush staff to set up the trial.
Tell us about your trial with the Colorado Rush Development Academy:
Generally speaking, I liked the way people took care of me, I mean everybody was very welcoming to me, that helps you feel comfortable and you feel more confident when you play.
I felt like I was staying here for a long time, and as if I’ve always be part of the team. My temporary teammates were nice to me.
I had 2 specific goalkeeper trainings this week. It was nice because this is not something that I do when I train in Florida. I think it is beneficial for players to focus on their areas sometimes. By the way, the goalkeeper coaches are great, so it was even nicer to practice.
What is your plan for the future?
I hope that I played well this week, because I want to come back next year and play with the U18 Colorado Rush DA. That’s my goal! I will keep working hard until I reach my objective.
Tell us how is it to play in Curacao?
In Curacao practices are not organized, the players are mostly playing soccer for themselves. When you play here in the US, you feel that everybody is shooting in the same direction, the whole team is working to reach a common goal, which I think is very important because soccer is a team sport!