2012 03.15 - Jair Vasquez was named Technical Director, South America December 1, 2011. He is a full time employee of Colorado Rush and works part time for Rush Soccer (Sports Partners International or SPI). Jair has already secured five Central and South American clubs in the countries of Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, and Uruguay. The Rush is fortunate and pleased to have Jair Vasquez as part of the staff. Rush recently conducted a short interview with Jair.
Rush, Jair is in talks with Peru. "Jair is making a big impact in some of our partners to the South of us. He is a very personable and reflects our core values, " says Erik Bushey. "We have two players coming to the US from El Salvador to play in the U.S. Developmental Academy. He understands the culture and obviously speaks the languqage."
Rush Soccer's first international partner was in South Africa. Since then has grown at a very fast rate.
The expansion into Central and South America puts the Rush in five continents.
Here is a bit more about Mr. Jair Vasquez.
Rush Place of Birth?
JV: Lima, Peru
Rush: Current Residence
JV: Littleton, Colorado
Rush: Professional Teams Played for?
JV: Universitario de Deportes(Peru), Club Cienciano (Cuzco-Peru), Union Berlin (Germany), River Plate (Uruguay), Deportivo Municipal (Peru), Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USA), Deportivo Wanka (Huancayo-Peru),
RushL How long have you been with the organization?
JV: I started in October of 2010 so one year and five months.
Rush: How many clubs have you started in South America?
JV: We have four at the moment. El Salvador, Uruguay, Brazil and Honduras. However, yes, I am involved with all of them but some the countries, I am involved more than others.
Rush: What country are you working on next?
JV: I am working on a club in Ecuador. I have the documents ready and it should not be long.
Rush: Pcik your favorite coach and tell us one quality you admire?
JV: I have learned from every coach in my life but if I were to pick, that would be Roberto Mosquera (Peruvian) and Antonio Alzamendi (Uruguayan). Both coaches knew how to earn the trust of each and every player. They both took the time to know each one of to get the best out of us.
Rush: What do you value most about your position at Rush?
JV: That I am able to teach kids to be better players and better people.
Rush: What is your vision for South America Rush?
JV: South America Clubs can contribute to the Rush. I think by introducing the passion and finer intriquecies with the American discipling and spirit, the results could be impressive.
Rush: What are some differences in the South America Game and the US game.
JV: I think the South American player is exposed to passion much more frequently. The culture of the game is always exposed to them.
Rush: Any players coming from South America at this time?
JV: We have five coming from Central America and in fact are in the country playing in the Texas Rush (3) and Colorado Rush (2). I will be making this one of goals for this year.
Rush: Favorite Club?
Rush: Favorite Player?
JV: Xavier, Iniesta
Rush: Favorite National Team?
JV: Spain, Peru.
Interview conducted by Rush Soccer Administrative staff.