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Mar, 2020

Brazilian Rush Player, Diogo Saraiva, Utilizes Player Loan Program to Play at Florida Rush

Diogo Saraiva, an ‘09 striker from Wolves Rush in Brazil, utilized Rush Soccer’s Player Loan Program to play with Florida Rush this past December. Diogo’s family was on vacation in Orlando for the Holidays and was able to get him connected to Florida Rush where he trained for a week and was able to play in the Publix Youth Cup.

The Player Loan Program is a Rush Soccer interclub player exchange opportunity that allows players to take advantage of playing with teams nationally and internationally to experience higher levels of competition, be exposed to regional or national staff and experience different playing styles, coaching, cultures and traditions. 

Director of International Affairs, Tiago Clavano, recognizes how exceptional the Player Loan Program is:

For me this program is very unique because it gives our kids a great opportunity to play with different players; being coached by different coaches with different backgrounds, you meet new people and make new friends. All of this together makes you improve as a player.”

“Also,” Tiago continued, “on a family side how cool is it to combine a family trip with a soccer experience? This loan program provides everything. This Brazilian family loved the experience; they came to America on vacation and their son was able to train and play in a tournament. That's great!”

Diogo expressed that playing outside his country was a very cool experience, where he got to experience a different culture:

“I would highly recommend the Player Loan Program. I improved my English language, made new friends, acquired new experiences and played football which is what I like to do the most.”

When asked how his club back in Brazil, Wolves Rush, is different than Florida Rush, he responded: 

“Florida Rush is a similar organization. In Florida there is more physical training; in Brazil, more training with the ball.”

Diogo’s biggest takeaway from the Player Loan Program was “to play football and learn new things outside my country.”


José Saraiva, Diogo’s father, who was on vacation with his family, was very excited about the opportunity. Diogo’s favorite thing to do is play soccer, so to be able to do this during vacation was a big deal to him and his family.

When José was asked what his favorite part of the Player Loan Program was for him, he responded: 

Seeing Diogo play in another country and enjoying new experiences for him.”


The Player Loan Program seeks to expose players to new opportunities, cultures, and levels of play. Rush is pleased to see players like Diogo utilize this program to get the most out of their soccer career at Rush. 


If you are interested in the Player Exchange Program opportunity and want to learn more, click here!

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