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Dec, 2020

New Mexico Rush’s Sergio Rivas continues pro career with New Mexico United


New Mexico Rush’s own Sergio Rivas (New Mexico Rush 98B) signed with the New Mexico United of the USL Championship for the 2021 season. 

Rivas was the 26th overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes, and he spent the last two years playing with the Earthquakes' USL Championship affiliate Reno 1868 FC. With Reno, Rivas won the 2020 USL Championship regular season crown while appearing in 16 matches (14 starts). All-time with Reno, Rivas made 30 appearances and scored five goals in all competitions. 

After moving to Albuquerque from Mexico with his family when he was nine years old, Rivas played most of his youth career (age 10- to 18-years-old) for New Mexico Rush Soccer Club. During his time with NM Rush 98B he and his teammates won four New Mexico Youth Soccer Association state championships, participated in 2 USYS Far West Regional Quarterfinals, participated in a USYS Far West Regional Semifinals, were USYS Far West Regional League Finalists and captured a US Club Soccer WCDA Finals Champions. At the age of 15, Rivas played in the 2014 U.S. Youth Soccer U19 Far West Regional Finals with NM Rush 95B, starting every game in an age-group three years above his USYS registered age. That same year, Rivas was also named the New Mexico High School Gatorade Player of the Year.    

Following Sergio’s youth career with NM Rush he played for four years with Seattle University under coach Pete Fewing. While playing for Seattle, Rivas appeared in 85 matches and scored 21 goals, adding 27 assists and leading the team to three NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament appearances and an Elite 8 appearance his junior season.  

Sergio is the third NM Rush Soccer Club product to sign a professional contract with NM United following Justin Schmidt (NM Rush 94B), Josh Goss (NM Rush 95B).  Ben Spencer Jr. (NM Rush 95B) is currently playing professionally with the San Diego Loyal of the USL Championship. Rivas joins various active Rush alumni playing professionally, including American internationals like Lindsey Horan (USWNT, Portland Thorns), Christian Pulisic (USMNT, Chelsea FC), Mark McKenzie (USMNT, Philadelphia Union) and many in men’s and women’s game. Currently, there is a Rush Soccer club in almost every state across America and there are more than 40 International Rush Clubs based in Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe.

Rush Soccer has cemented a reputation for developing elite youth players through a distinct pathway to the heights of competition with more than 100 partner clubs and a nationwide membership of more than 45,000 players. Rush Soccer is represented by a member club in almost every state and more than 40 International clubs, including clubs in Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe.

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