News Archive 2010
Shaw, Wolverines Advance in Tournament
Adam Shaw and the Michigan Wolverines knocked off South Carolina 3-1 on Sunday to advance to the NCAA Division I Elite Eight. This is only the second time in program history that Michigan has advanced this far in the tournament. Next up for Michigan is the quarter final match against #2 seed Maryland. That game will be played on Saturday, December 4th at 11:00 am MST. For more on the win over South Carolina,click here.
Rush Players to Meet in Elite Eight
(Paolo, Zack, Reid)
Paolo DelPiccolo and the #1 University of Louisville remain unbeaten (18-0-3) after their 2-1 third round win over Ohio State. Louisville advances to the Elite Eight to face UCLA and Rush players Zack Foxhoven and Reid Hukari. UCLA needed overtime in their third round match to dispatch of Dartmouth 2-1. Paolo, Zack and Reid will meet on Saturday, December 4th at 5:00 pm MST. For more on Louisville’s win click here. For UCLA’s win click here.
Rush Players Advance in NCAA Play
(Paolo, Zack, Reid, Adam)
In the Division I Men’s Tournament, three programs with Colorado Rush players have advanced into the third round. Paolo DelPiccolo (University of Louisville) will be playing Ohio State, Zack Foxhoven and Reid Hukari (UCLA) will play Dartmouth and Adam Shaw (Michigan) will play South Carolina. All games will be played on Sunday, November 28th.
Harpster Headed to Another Final Four
Molly and the College of Saint Rose are headed to their third straight NCAA Division II Final Four. #1 Saint Rose (23-0-1) will now meet #12 UC-San Diego in a national semifinal encounter on Thursday, December 2 in Louisville. Kickoff is set for 2:00 pm EST.
Rush Girls Contribute in GU15 National Team Win
Gabbi Miranda started and played 90 minutes for the GU15 National Team as they defeated the 94 Region I Team in the opening game of the ODP Interregionals in Boca Raton, FL. Betsy Brandon, a half time substitute, scored the fourth and final goal, as USA went on to win 4-1. Click here to read more.
Morgan Stanton, Maddi Hall, Lizzy Raben are also at the ODP Interregionals representing the 95 Region IV Team. Jordan Di Biasi is representing the 96 Region IV Team.
Rush Academy Teams Open 2010-11 Season
(92's First 11 vs FC Dallas)
(94's First 11 vs FC Dallas)
Typically, the first Academy games for Rush have been played in early December. This year both teams have played four games already. With many of the players coming off a long high school season and full team Academy training only being a couple weeks old, the results have been, understandably, a bit up and down.
The 16’s are 0-2-2 and the 18’s are 1-1-2 after games versus Houston Dynamo, Houston Texans, Andromeda (Dallas, TX) and FC Dallas. Jonathan Sawyer leads all scorers with two goals from the first four games.
(92's First 11 vs. Andromeda)
Division I Men’s Brackets Released
The NCAA Men’s Division I tournament matchups have been announced and Colorado Rush is well represented. Leading the way is Paolo DelPiccolo who plays for the #1 overall seed University of Louisville. Joining Paolo in the tournament are Jeb Brovsky (Notre Dame), Zach Foxhoven and Reid Hukari (UCLA), Nick Brant, Cole Chapleski & Marc Kocel (University of Denver), Joe Eubanks (UC Santa Barbara), Alex Merrill (Duke) and Adam Shaw (Michigan). To follow the tournament, please click here.
Rush College Round-up
DelPiccolo, Cardinals Win Big East
After playing to a 1-1 score line, the Louisville Cardinals and the Providence Friars headed to PK’s to decide the Big East Championship. DelPiccolo’s Cardinals came out on top 3-2 to capture the title. Louisville now awaits the NCAA seeding for the upcoming Division I tournament. To read more click here.
Adam Shaw and Michigan Capture Big Ten Title
Playing on the road at Peen State, the Michigan Wolverines defeated the host team 4-1 to capture its first Big Ten title in program history. With the win, Michigan earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I men’s tournament. To read more click here.
Tournament Rolls On
(Pfankuch, Hanson and Harpster)
After the first weekend of tournament play, only a few Colorado Rush players remain. In the Women’s Division I Tournament Emmalie Pfankuch and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels advance to play Notre Dame in the next round. For the Women’s Division II tournament, Savanna Hanson and Seattle Pacific move on to play UC San Diego while #1 Saint Rose and Molly Harpster will play C.W. Post.
Rush Players Receive Conference Honors
DelPiccolo All-Big East
Playing for the #1 ranked team in the country, Paolo earned 3rd Team All-Big East Conference honors. With a perfect conference record of 9-0-0, Louisville has an overall record of 15-0-2 heading into the NCAA Tournament. To read more on Paolo’s award,click here.
Foxhoven 1st Team All-WCC
Danielle, a junior for the University of Portland, was named 1st Team All-Conference and was one of 10 Pilots to earn post season awards. To read more, please click here.
Russell 2nd Team All-Big 12
After helping the University of Colorado to a 8-10-2 record including a 2-1-2 record against top 25 teams, Kate has been awarded a spot on the Big 12 All-Conference 2nd Team. To view the entire team, click here.
McCain Earns PacWest Honors
After an outstanding freshman season, Megan earned 1st team All-PacWest honors as well as picking up the Goalkeeper of the Year Award for the conference. Megan and BYU-Hawaii begin NCAA Division II tournament play this weekend. To read more on Megan’s accomplishments, click here.
Pedro and U11 Boys Going Above and Beyond
Colorado Rush Coach Pedro Rabadan (pictured right) is making a difference in the lives of his players and in the lives of those thousands of miles away. Pedro, with help from his brother Johnny (pictured left), has been offering optional technical training for his U11 A2 Boys and U11 Swoosh Boys (in which he is an assistant coach) on Thursday evenings through the Fall Season. He has asked for donations, completely optional, from the players participating in the technical training which would go towards the R.E.A.C.H. “Rush Equipment Assisting Children” Program. With the proceeds, Pedro and Johnny have purchased 17 Nike Jerseys to be sent to Africa for a team in need. Tim Schulz, President of Colorado Rush, will be traveling to Africa soon to hand deliver the jerseys to the team along with a letter from Pedro and a picture of the Colorado Rush boys.
Pedro has shown great leadership and initiative in starting his program which will certainly liven up the lives of players he has have never met. Pedro is new to the Rush and how lucky we are to have him apart of our coaching staff. Keep up the great work Pedro, Johnny and the U11 Players and Parents who have helped to make this possible!
Rush Jedi Finish Succesful Fall Season
(Ethan shows off his dribbling skill)
The Rush Jedi (Boys U6) completed another fun-filled and exciting league schedule last weekend. The majority of the team has now been together for three seasons. After beginning the season playing in their first ever tournament, the boys moved into the league matches with the other Rush teams. This season the team focused on learning a bit about different positions on the field and occasionally even remembered those positions during games. By the end of the season it became clear to all of the players as well as the coaches that Carter O'Keefe was the team's most improved player having found the goal-scorer's touch in the attacking third while still showing the tenacity that he has always been known for when the team is on defense.
The Colorado Rush Cheetahs (U8) always give it their all – on and off the field
Especially during the month of October when the entire team broke out play mustaches after a game to support their Coach. For the past several years, Coach Brian Wildermuth has been participating in an annual Mustache for Cash drive supporting the Brynes and Youth Opportunity Foundations. These Denver-based organizations sponsor programs to keep underprivileged children in school. “The dropout rate in Denver County is astounding and the funds raised through this foundation provide much needed assistance,” says Wildermuth. “It’s always nice to give where you can. Growing a mustache is not always an easy thing to do, especially if it doesn’t look right. But it is worth the effort as we help a lot of kids,” Wildermuth explained. Way to go Cheetahs! If you would like to donate, visit: www.mustache4cash.org/users/40 .
U18 Nike Girls Getting Ready For Halloween
Mighty Mights and Turbo Tots - the smiles continue!
Soccer, smiles and new skills have been very much on the agenda on Friday evenings at Ken Caryl Community Park. That is where the next generation of Colorado Rush players have been participating in our Mighty Mights and Turbo Tots programs. The programs are the first introduction to soccer for most players as they work through a curriculum that includes passing, dribbling, finishing and most of all FUN! Mighty Mights (U3 and U4 players) and Turbo Tots (U5 and U6 players) have been training under the watchful eye of Colorado Rush coaches and the progress has been astonishing. "You can see the enthusiasm on the faces of these boys and girls. It is high energy and high activity - a great environment for players to get a taste of what soccer is all about," said Ross Fowler, Director of Coaching: Developmental. "We hope it puts them on the path to a lifetime of enjoyment of the game."
Pictured below is Dominic Hart who is participating in the Mighty Mights program for the first time. "My favorite part is scoring goals and chanting with my team at the end," said Dominic. Who can argue with that?!
Spring dates for Mighty Mights and Turbo Tots will be announced shortly.
For more pictures from Mighty Mights and Turbo Tots, click here.
Mal and The Gambia U20’s Qualify for African Nations Cup
Just a couple weeks removed from earning man of the match honors in their first leg home game 1-0 victory over Ivory Coast, on October 23rd Mal and the U20 Gambian team traveled to the Ivory Coast for the away leg and again it was a 1-0 win for The Gambia. Mal and the team returned home on Monday October 25 to a hero’s welcome as with the win, they have qualified for the most important tournament in all of Africa. The African Nations Cup will begin in February of 2011.
Collen Warner Scores in CONCACAF Champions League Match
Rush product, Collen Warner, a rookie at MLS’ Real Salt Lake assisted on the first goal and tallied one of his on in the 3-1 victory over Cruz Azul (Mexico). The win advances Real Salt Lake as group leaders to the quarter final stage of the competition. Read more:http://www.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter-recap/paulo-jr-leads-rsl-youngsters-past-cruz-azul
CYS CUP Champion Colorado Vipers!
Congratula tions to the U-10 Colorado Rush Vipers! For the second year in a row, the girls captured top honor in Colorado Youth Soccer’s annual CYS Cup Tournament. The Rush Vipers represented one of sixteen teams participating in the gold-level Option One U-10 Division. Throughout three pool games and the semi-final match the Rush Vipers scored 20 goals with only one goal against. In the finals match, the team faced a tough opponent in the Real Black Mambas. The game’s first goal came via a perfectly placed Viper corner kick in combination with a perfectly-headed and undeniable shot! This initial header goal set the tone for the entire championship match. The Rush Vipers exhibited a smothering defensive game and moved the ball brilliantly in their 3-1 win over Real to win the tournament. Coach Bob Turgeon says, “This is an extremely special group of young players. Every one of the girls exhibits a confidence in their abilities, a strong desire for individual improvement, and a special love of the game. They are a wonderful group of young girls that are fortunate to be a part of the Colorado Rush.”
EXTRADORNARY FUN!!! With Noah’s Ark our Adventure Sponsor
Smiles, Laughter, Screams!
Two Nike Girls Teams U-12 and U-15 go rafting down beautiful Brown’s Canyon in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Click here to see the pictures: TEAM BONDING AT ITS” BEST!!!
(10.11.10) UPDATED 10.12.10
The Rush 18 Girls kicked off the day with a 2-1 shootout win over Pride Predators to secure their third straight state cup championship. The Rush 16 Girls defeated the Ft. Collins Arsenal 2-1 to win their second state title in the last three years. The coldest and rainiest day of the year could not dampen the celebrations that followed the games. (The U15 Rush Nike Girls have qualified for the state championship match to be played Sunday, October 17th with a 2-1 semi-final win over Real.
18’s Experience Full Range of Emotions En Route to Victory
(18's celebrate after final goal. Coach Andrew Kummer (right) is thrilled with the victory!)
(18's at the medal ceremony)
Juliana Grover scored off a Kaitlyn Bassett cross in the 70th minute to put the Rush Girls on top 1-0. The Rush Girls had the better of the play through half number one and though some quality half chances were created, none were finished. As the game progressed the Rush Girls continued to show their experience, however it was not until over time was forced did their true character shine through. As the game was drawing to an end, the referee signaled for two minutes of stoppage (added on) time. The Pride team used every second of that time to their advantage and scored off a corner kick at the end of that second minute and almost literally with the last kick of the game. Being seconds away from the title, the girls and their coach, Andrew Kummer, now had to regain their composure and get back to work. They did just that, however, neither team was able to find the winner in overtime so on to penalty kicks the game would go. Molly Poletto, the game’s MVP, was close on several occasions but on Pride’s seventh (sudden death) shooter, Molly came up with the goods and made the play of the game (see video below). Flannery Davis, from Grand Junction, stepped up and sealed the deal. Colorado Rush U18 Nike Girls are state champions!
(video courtesy of Elevation Video)
16’s Use Late Heroics to Secure the Title
(U16's Celebrate with the State Cup trophy)
(U16's after their 2-1 victory)
In the second Rush final of the day, the 16’s waited ‘til the death to claim their victory. The Rush Girls came out very strong and confident and throughout the first half created some nice scoring opportunities, but in each case a save was made or the goal was closely missed. Half time would come but it was a 0-0 score line that came with it. The work continued in the second half, but the scoring opportunities did not. Moments of quality soccer and good possession were still present but so were an abundance of fouls which led to numerous scoring opportunities for Arsenal. In the 70th minute, Rush would get punished by a direct free kick that was blasted to the back of the net. 1-0 Arsenal. Less than two minutes later, Rush would answer after earning their own free kick 25 yards from goal. Gabbi Miranda (the game’s MVP) stepped up and hit a world class free kick that dipped, bent and drove its way to the back of the net. 1-1 and game on! With overtime looming, the official signaled for three minutes of stoppage time. As the clock ticked to the end of the third minute, Madi Hall dropped a ball into the box, a save was forced from Morgan Stanton’s header and Danica Evans sprinted wide of the goal, was first to the ball and slotted home the game winner. Another minute was added on but the Rush Girls saw the game out and claimed the title that they have worked so very hard for, for so long. Colorado Rush U16 Nike Girls are state champions!
VOTE For Jeb!!!
Jeb Brovsky, a senior at Notre Dame, has been selected as a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for men’s soccer. Jeb is one of 10 NCAA Division I men’s soccer players up for the award. Finalists are chosen for their notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The winner of the award is chosen through fan voting, so let’s get out there and vote for one of Rush’s own!!
To vote: http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/mens_soccer_2010/Men
To view Jeb’s Player Card: http://www.seniorclassaward.com/athletes/jeb_brovsky/
To view entire list click here.
Rush Girls Ready for State Cup Final and Semifinal Action
Please come out and support our Rush Girls at State Cup this Sunday October 10th, at Aurora Sports Park.
We have two teams playing for the State Cup Final. The GU18 Nike team plays Pride Preadators. These teams have squared off in the Final each year since U13. Rush has won the last 2 Cup Finals. The GU16 Nike will face Arsenal in their Cup Final. The GU16 team is trying for their second State Cup in the last 3 years.
The GU17 Nike will face Real National in the Semis. These two teams have met in the Final every year since U12, with Rush winning the last 4 of them. Last year, Rush went on to win Regionals, before placing 3rd at Nationals.
After defeating the Pride (2 time State Champs) in the Quarter Finals, two weeks ago, the GU15 Nike team now face Real National in the Semis. The 15’s are looking to make their first Cup Final since U13. They have yet to win a State Cup, but are confident that this is their year.
This amazing picture shows a very determined Taryn Elsner about to score a goal for her Girls U10 Developmental team. Taryn plays on Coach David Shine’s G1008 team. The team was merged together at the start of the Fall season and Coach Shine says he has been really pleased with the way that they have come together. “They are now starting to take some of the specific work that we have done in training and apply that in games. Taryn is a hard working player who has shown great improvement both in her positioning and her awareness of other players. She is a positive person and is having a terrific season so far.”
Keep up the great work Taryn and team!
Riley, Sounders Win U.S. Lamar Hunt Open Cup Title
The Seattle Sounders, along with Colorado Rush Alum James Riley, have captured the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the second consecutive year after defeating the Columbus Crew 2-1.
The U.S. Open Cup is open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States. The final between Seattle and Columbus drew a crowd of over 31,000 fans to Qwest Field in Seattle. Winning the cup ensures the Sounders a spot in next year’s CONCACAF Champions League and $100,000 in prize money.
James played with the Colorado Rush in the late 90’s and early part of the 2000’s.
Jordan Angeli Voted WPS Best XI
Ten days after the conclusion of the 2010 WPS Season, the media has announced its selections for the 2010 WPS Best XI. This vote was not compiled in 2009 by the media as the 2009 WPS All-Star Game took place at the end of the season and the league compiled its own Starting XI vote through the regular All-Star Game vote from fans, players and media. Congratulations to Jordan for an amazing rookie year. To view the entire Best XI team, click here:http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/news/press_releases/101006-best-xi.aspx
Colorado Rush Says Way To Go
Max Maudlin is seen here receiving his Way To Go card on Saturday 10/02. Coach Paul Jesaitis said that Max dribbled through 4 defenders and played aggressively and confidently with the ball throughout the entire game. Way To Go Max! For details of all Developmental recipients so far this season, please click on Developmental > Announcements.
U13 Rush Wolfpack Takes Another Tournament Title
The GU13 Rush Wolfpack successfully defended their Colorado Shootout bronze division crown by beating the Longmont United Fireballs 1-0 in the championship game Oct. 3 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Wolfpack avenged an earlier loss to the Fireballs in pool play to take the title for the second straight year. Samantha Laycock scored the deciding goal in the first half and the Wolfpack’s solid defense withstood a furious challenge in the second half to preserve the victory. The Wolfpack have now won three tournament titles in the last year after previously winning the Pride of the Rockies Classic in August. The girls are coached by Ken Lloyd and Ivan Broce.
Angeli’s Year Ends with Loss but the Future is Bright!
Jordan Angeli, everybody’s choice for Rookie of the Year (thanks to those who voted), and her Boston Breakers bowed out of the WPS playoffs in the semi-finals. However, as you can read in the following link, she has left her mark on Boston and certainly her head coach (former national team coach) Tony DiCicco. A call up to the Women’s Full National Team may be in the cards for Jordan.
Rush Players Meet in MLS Clash
(Conor Casey, Collen Warner)
Conor Casey of the Colorado Rapids and Collen Warner, a rookie for Real Salt Lake, met Saturday night in a clash of Western Conference foes. Although Casey scored to put the Rapids ahead, Real Salt Lake was able to equalize and the match ended 1-1. With the draw, Real Salt Lake have clinched a play-off berth.
Baboucarr Jammeh Man of the Match for The Gambia
Rush Academy stand out, Baboucarr Jammeh (better known as Mal), was named to The Gambia’s U20 Men’s national team final 18 man roster for the pivotal home and away series against Ivory Coast. The winner will qualify for the U20 African Nations Cup, the most prestigious event on the African continent. A few days after being named to the 18 man roster, Mal was named to the starting 11. Today, The Gambia defeated the Ivory Coast 1-0 and Mal was named Man of the Match. The second leg will take place in the Ivory Coast in two weeks time. Congratulations to Mal on representing Gambia Rush, Colorado Rush and The Gambia and continued success!
Rush Players in Top Drawer 100
Three Rush players were recognized by Top Drawer Soccer as three of the top 100 upperclassmen in college soccer. On the men's side Raymundo Reza (San Diego St.) and Jeb Brovsky (Notre Dame) were #67 and #90 respectively, while Danielle Foxhoven (Portland) was #16 on the women's list. Congratulations!!
U17 Swoosh Girls in the President Cup Final
The U17 Swoosh girls, coached by Carlo Cornacchia and Kendra Auston, will be playing in the President's Cup Final on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 1 pm at Gates #2 in Aurora. The winner of this game will travel as the Colorado champions to Salt Lake City, UT in June. The Colorado President's Cup champions will play against the other 13 western state champions in the Region IV Regional President's Cup Championship. This is a huge accomplishment for this group and we hope that everyone can wish them many positive thoughts. It would be great to have people come out and support the girls by wearing Rush Blue to the Championship game.
Dynamic Duo Head to US Camp
(Betsy and Jordan Are set to head to US Training Camp)
Betsy Brandon and Jordan Di Biasi have had a busy summer to say the least. After playing up a year and helping the U14 (now U15) Colorado Rush Girls to a win in the Manchester United Cup, the girls went to Sweden and won the Gothia cup, then returned home for the US National Identification Camp. 100 of the top U14 players from across the country are brought in for a week long camp in front of the National Team coaches. After a great showing at ID camp, Betsy and Jordan (along with Becca Rasmussen (CO), who will not attend due to injury, and Shannon Patterson from Oregon Rush) were called back to camp as part of the U14 National Pool. The girls recently took some time to talk about their experience so far with the national team.
Rush: What were your thoughts about the ID camp?
Betsy Brandon: At regionals, those coaches talk about how Region IV produces the best players, so going in, I wasn’t cocky, but it helped me not be so nervous. Once I got to camp all the players were so even and so good. Everyone is just there to play so it was nice.
Jordan Di Biasi: Wes (Hart, U14 CO Nike Head Coach) talked with us before we went which helped us get mentally prepared. We had a practice the first day we got to camp and I got to see the competition and that helped ease my nerves a bit.
Click here to read more.
Colorado Rush says "Way to Go"
Brooke Klamerus was recognized this weekend for her outstanding dribbling ability and her determination not to give up when the game was getting tough for her team. Brooke used her skills to help her team (Rush Pink Panthers) fight back from a first half deficit to end the game strongly. Coach Stephanie Cathers said, “I’m very proud of my entire team's tenacity and heart today. Not one player complained or gave up when we were down in the first half, and we came back strong in the second half with some great goals and awesome teamwork. I really could not ask for more of my team as for some players this was their first game ever!”
Brooke joins a strong list of players who are recognized for their efforts on the Colorado Rush Way To Go board. This board is updated weekly to reward players who have shown something special in their games – trying new moves, exceptional work rate, leadership etc – and have made a positive impact on their team. The board is located on the Developmental Announcements page of the website. Could you be the next recipient?
Developmental Opening Weekend Smiles
A sunny Saturday 9/11 brought the opening weekend of Developmental soccer games for Colorado Rush. Fun, smiles and soccer were very much the order of the day as teams from U5 to U18 wore the Rush “R” with pride in their first games of the Fall season. The energy level was fantastic throughout the day, and cheers could be heard echoing from Ken Caryl Community Park to Green Gables Park. The picture below features the U5 girls battle between the Rush – Ashbrook team and the Titan – Stenseth team. A great time was had by all, and it was heart-warming to see so many players, parents and coaches having so much fun.
Rush Players Make Top 100 Lists
Current GU18 players Kelsey Loupee and Molly Poletto, along with Rush Alum Kenzie Akerfelds and W-League player Kelsey Wys, were each named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 100 Lists. Loupee (#37) and Molly (#91) were named to the Top 100 for the Class of 2011. Kelsey Wys (#28) and Kenzie (#97) were each named to the Top 100 Freshmen list. Congratulations!!
Gabbi Miranda Turns Heads at National Camp
Colorado Rush midfielder Gabbi Miranda recently returned from U15 National Camp. Gabbi had an impressive camp and Coach Mike Dickey was impressed with what he saw.Click here to read about Gabbi's camp.
Jordan Angeli: WPS Rookie of the Year?
(One of Jordan's top goals of the season)
Colorado Rush alum Jordan Angeli has made quite an impact for her Boston Breakers team during her Rookie season in the WPS. Jordan is currently second on the team in goals scored (6) and assists (3), besting teammate, and fellow Rookie of the Year candidate, Lauren Cheney. Rush membership, you have the chance to vote for Jordan as the WPS Rookie of the Year. She is well deserving of the honor and is currently leading in the voting but needs your help!
AJ Auxerre Earn Spot in UEFA Champions League Group Stage
The first win in the 2010-2011 campaign for AJ Auxerre was a big one! After losing 1-0 to Zenit St. Petersburg in their away leg of the Champions League playoffs, AJA returned to the Abbe-Deschamps Stadium and secured a 2-0 win over Zenit to win the aggregate series 2-1. With the 2-0 victory, AJ Auxerre have earned a position in the UEFA Champions League group stage!
Cedric Hengbart got the home side on the scoreboard early with a header goal nine minutes into the game. Ireneusz Jelen’s volley in the 52nd minute put AJA up in the aggregate and the home side maintained for the remainder to ensure a return to the Champions League after an eight-year absence. The Auxerre defense was aided late in the game as two men for Zenit were sent off.
Match day 1 of the 32-team group stage begins September 14 and 15. Groups will be drawn Thursday in Monaco.
Auxerre will return to Ligue 1 action this weekend when they take on AS Monaco. AJA will be looking for their first win in the domestic league after playing to draws in each of their first three matches.
Congratulations AJ Auxerre!
GU13 Wolfpack Takes Pride of the Rockies Classic
The GU13 Rush Wolfpack captured their second tournament title in 11 months by winning the bronze division in the Pride of the Rockies Classic this past weekend at the Air Force Academy. The Wolfpack went undefeated in pool play and beat Pride White 1-0 in the finals. Brianna Swinney converted on a corner kick in the second half to clinch the win. The Wolpack's defense was stellar throughout the entire tournment, allowing only one goal on a penalty kick, and the Pack's offense kept relentless pressure on the opponents in scoring 14 goals. The girls are coached by Ken Lloyd and Ivan Broce.
Rush Barcelona Boys Win Pride of the Rockies
It was an all Rush final in the U10 Gold Division of the Pride of the Rockies tournament this weekend at the Air Force Academy. The Rush Barcelona U10 boys, coached by Greg Parham and Ken Brown went undefeated on the weekend and captured the title over the Rush Strikers
coached by Dan Georgopulos. In order to come out of the group and advance to the finals, the boys needed a shutout in their Sunday morning game. With 30 seconds left in the game, their
opponent was awarded a penalty and a chance to spoil the day for Barcelona, but keeper Taylor Gustafson saved the shot and secured the victory for the team who had already scored an amazing 8 goals in the game. In the finals, against the Rush Strikers, Kevin Peterson and Alex Dunda scored and Beau Hebert had a pair of goals, leading the team to a 4 to 1 victory. It is the first tournament title for this great group of boys who all played with outstanding determination and cohesion. Way to go Rush Barca!
U12 Swoosh Wins Championship in the Girls Storm Classic
The U12 Swoosh team won the Silver division of the Girls Storm Classic this past weekend at Dove Valley. After earning three decisive wins in pool play, the girls advanced, undefeated to the Championship Game on Sunday afternoon. In the final game, after 60 minutes of play, the game was still tied 0-0 and went to kicks from the mark. Swoosh’s first two players to kick, Marin Olson and Tara Guetz, found the back of the net, but so did the Storm players. Brynn Martin placed a beautiful kick past the Storm goalie and the girls saw their chance when the Storm player blew the goal. The last two players for Swoosh were unable to find the net, but the Swoosh keeper, Megan Rayl, stopped the last two Storm balls to win the championship 3-2. Congratulations Swoosh and Coach Paul Garcia on a well deserved win!
Rush Blue Devils Win Storm Classic Tournament
The Girls U13 Rush Blue Devils participated in the Storm Classic Tournament on August 14 & 15th at Dove Valley. They beat Storm 98 Blue 5-0 & Storm Academy FC 4-0 to win a spot in the championship game. The Blue Devils defense and goalkeeper combined smart play and team effort to maintain the shutouts.
Rush played undefeated Real Gold in the championship game on Sunday afternoon. Real had only allowed one goal against in their 3 playoff games. The Blue Devils went into the half with a 2-0 lead, and only allowed one late second half goal by Real, ending the game in a 2-1 win to bring home the Championship trophy.
It was a true team effort by the Rush girls to win their first championship game. Four of the players scored at least two goals apiece, and the defense worked together to allow one goal in three games.
Congratulations to an a AWESOME GROUP of girls!!
U12 Nike Boys Win Broomfield Blast Tournament
The Colorado Rush U12 Nike boys walked away with their heads held high after a very convincing victory in the Bloomfield Blast Tournament this past weekend. With an outstanding team effort, consisting of contributions from every member of their roster, the boys outscored their opponents 20 to 4 and came away with a convincing 3 to 1 win in the finals against an opponent who had bested them in season play. Bailey Rouse, Ian Jonsson, and Griffin Dorsey scored in the final match, and Bailey Rouse held the team scoring record for the weekend with 4 goals. 11 of the 17 player roster scored a goal on the weekend. This is their first championship in a major tournament and the boys played very well. They are looking forward to starting their regular season with the same victorious team spirit!
Rush Festival Recap: Aspen Ferraco
(Aspen Ferraco, back row second from left, provides her thoughts on the 2010 Rush Festival)
For the second straight year, Kansas Rush hosted the U12 Rush Festival. This yearly event brings together all the U12 boy’s and girl’s teams from across Rush Nation. The teams had four days of training, lectures and matches. The opening ceremony is where the “live draw” was held to see who will play who. Although the weather was hot and humid, all the players put forth a tremendous effort and showed great Rush spirit!! The following article was written by Aspen Ferraco, a member of the Colorado Rush GU12 Nike team (now GU13).
The upcoming GU13 Nike team recently visited Olathe, Kansas for the Rush Festival. It was blistering hot with around three hours of soccer a day. It was definitely our best experience as a team. The time we had together gave us a chance to get to know each other and bond. The Hawaii girl’s team was also staying at our hotel so we were all instantly friends. We spent a lot of our free time hanging out, making up handshakes, and hula dancing with the Hawaii team. Even though we played them twice, after games we were all still good friends. Those girls aren’t our only new nation wide friends though; we met some girls from Michigan, Virginia, Iowa, Texas, and many other states. Also the tournament was very beneficial to the team’s ball skills and spirit. At every game our team gave one hundred percent which paid off and got us to the championship game against Hawaii. Unfortunately we lost in a shoot out. But no one hung their heads. At the closing ceremonies we were given the spirit award for being at all of the Colorado boy’s games and making up our own Colorado Rush cheer. So we went home with the experience of a lifetime and an award. I could not have been a better tournament.
-Aspen Ferraco, U13 Nike girls
Successful Weekend at Denver Cup for Rush Teams
(U12 Nike Girls coached by Dorian Barnes)
Congratulations to the following Rush teams for their success at the Denver Cup.
B11 Gold Divsion- B11 Nike Runner's Up
B12 Gold Division- B12 Nike Runner's Up
B13 Silver Division- B13 Swoosh Runner's Up
B14 Silver Division- B14 Swoosh Champions
B14 Gold Division- B14 Nike Runner's Up
B15/16 Gold Division- B15 Nike Runner's Up
B19 Gold Division- B19 Nike Champions
G12 Gold Division- G12 Nike Champions
G14 Bronze Division- G14 A1 Runner's Up
G14 Gold Division- G14 Nike Runner's Up
G15 Bronze Division- G15 A1 Champions
G15 Gold Division- G15 Nike Champions
G16 Gold Division- G16 Nike Champions
G17 Silver Division- G17 Platinum Champions
G17 Gold Division- G17 Nike Champions
G18 Gold Division-G18 Nike Runner's Up
Get To Know: : Dominique Hoecherl, Rush DOC: Youth Girls
Dominique Hoecherl is the Director of Coaching for Youth Girls with the Colorado Rush. Dom has been a Rush DOC since 2003.
Colorado Rush coach Greg Parham recently had the chance to interview Dom about her favorite soccer moments, both as a coach and player, her coaching philosophies and her favorite TV show. Click here to read the interview and Get to Know Dominique.
Angeli Named WPS Player of the Month
(08.05.10) - Updated 8.16.10
Colorado Rush super-star alum Jordan Angeli has been named the WPS Player of the Month after scoring four goals and adding and assist in the month of July while leading the Boston Breakers to a 5-1 record. The award marks the first time that a Rookie has won the Player of the Month Award.
Jordan recently took some time to talk about her first year so far with the Breakers:
JA: “It has been challenging. There is definitely a big adjustment going from college to playing with some of the best players in the world. I’m trying to take every day as a learning experience and improve every day. But it has been really fun! I feel like I have been constantly evolving as a player.”
Rush: What has been the biggest challenge moving from college soccer to the professional ranks?
JA: “The level of play, the speed of play is just quicker. You are under pressure as soon as you get the ball. That has been an adjustment to make. Also, just dealing with being a professional. You have all this time on your hands (that you didn’t with school), so I have been figuring out how to prepare myself, both mentally and physically, to play every day.”
Rush: You have been on a tremendous goal-scoring streak of late. How does it feel to be such a big part of your teams’ success?
JA: “It feels awesome! I just have been in the right place at the right time. I’ve always just tried to work hard and know that good things will come from hard work. My teammates have been giving me good balls that are easy to put away. It’s been fun but what matters most is that we have been winning. If I am scoring and we aren’t getting results it’s a different matter. The past month and a half the team has been playing really well and that is very exciting.”
Rush: You’ve scored 5 goals on the season so far. Which one has been your favorite?
JA: “I would have to say… I had a volley goal from 25 yards out. I don’t really remember it happening, I was so in the moment but once I went back and watched it I was like ‘Wow that’s pretty good!”
Editors note: Click here to see Jordan's goal. (search 7/12-Boston Comes From Behind to defeat Atlanta- 1:11 into highlights)
Rush: There are a few weeks left in the WPS season, what is it going to take to make the playoffs and make a run at the title?
JA: “Well as of now we are sitting in a good spot. We are in third place and have the chance to take over second if we win this weekend. Overall we are in a great spot. We just need to build on this momentum and keep improving everyday. We are really trying to take things one day at a time. Our goal at the moment is to earn a first round bye.”
Jordan and the Breakers take on the Philadelphia Independence on Sunday. Click here for more on Jordan’s Player of the Month Award.
Click here to see highlights from the Breakers 4-0 win over Sky Blue in which Jordan scored another goal and added 2 assists.
Angeli Continues to Find the Back of the Net
For the fourth time in five games, Colorado Rush alum Jordan Angeli has scored for the Boston Breakers. Boston is 4-1 since Jordan started her scoring run back on July 11th. They host the Atlanta Beat on Wednesday. Click here for more on Jordan's streak.
Regional and National Team Call Ups for Rush Players
Seven players from the Colorado Rush have been selected for the Region IV Regional pool. These players are currently in Ontario, CA at the Regional Holdover Camp. They were invited to attend this camp after a succesful week at the Regional camp earlier this month while playing with the Colorado ODP team.
1995's- Danica Evans, Madi Hall, Gabbi Miranda, Lizzy Raben, and Morgan Stanton
1997's- Aspen Robinson and Allie Cunningham
Three others were selected for the U14 National Identification Camp, which will be held in Portland, Oregon the first week of August. Betsy Brandon, Jordan Di Biasi, and Becca Rasmussen will skip the Regional Holdover Camp this week and head straight to National Team Camp. Shannon Patterson (Oregon Rush) was also selected for this camp. All four of the players were part of the Rush team that won the Gothia Cup in Sweden a few days ago.
Gabbi Miranda, another member of the Gothia Cup team, just recieved a call up to the GU15 National Team Camp. Gabbi's play at the Manchester United Premier Cup in May, caught the eye of Mike Dickey (coach of GU15 US Nat'l Team). This 36 player camp will take place at the end of August.
Lindsey Horan, whose Rush team recently placed 3rd at the USYS Nationals, was a part of the U17 Women's National Team that won the Nordic Cup in Denmark earlier this month. The U17's beat Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany along the way. Lindsey scored a goal vs Holland and Denmark.
Danielle Foxhoven and Tori Huster, both members of the Rush W-League Team, won the Four Nations Tournament with the U23 National Team in England earlier this month. USA defeated England and Sweden, but lost to Norway. Despite the loss to Norway, USA still won the round robin tournament. Danielle Foxhoven scored USA's lone goal in their loss to Norway.
Gothia Cup Blogs Have been updated
Click here to read what the girls had to say about winning the Gothia Cup. Gabbi and Julia finish off their blog and some new players jump in on the fun as well!
Click here for more pictures from Sweden.
Brunworths Return From Brazil
(Kaitlyn and Jamie Brunworth (3rd and 7th from left) recently returned from Brazil)
Kaitlyn (U16 Swoosh) & Jamie Brunworth (U14 Nike) recently went on a People to People trip to participate in the Zico Cup in Brazil. They met up with kids from all over the USA and trained at the Itu Soccer Resort, prior to the tournament. There they met their Brazilian coaches and had an awesome time training and playing futsal. After three days at Itu, they went to the Olé Academy for the tournament. Jamie's U15 team ended up winning their division. Kaitlyn's U17 team had a tough draw and only won one game. They both had an awesome time and made many Brazilian friends. After the tournament, they traveled to Rio de Janeiro and both Kaitlyn and Jamie played on the girls all-star team against a Botafogo womens team. Jamie also got to walk out on the field with a player on the Botafogo men's pro team before their group enjoyed watching a Brazilian professional game. Throughout the trip, they had the opportunity to play with and against Brazilian kids on the field, beach, and futsal courts. It was an amazing opportunity to experience the soccer culture of Brazil! Many special soccer relationships were made and in the future Kaitlyn and Jamie are hoping to bring some Brazilian soccer players to Colorado to experience Rush soccer.
Rush Wins Gothia Cup!!!
For now they gotta believe us, for now they gotta believe us, for now they gotta believe ussss... For we have won the cup!!!
After their 3-2 victory over Boo IF, the Colorado Rush are champions of the GU15 age group at the Gothia Cup. Rush's Brittney Stark started the scoring off early in the first half, when she pounced on a loose ball in the box, and buried it in the back of the net. Boo answered back with a goal of their own a few minutes later. A nifty combination at the top of the box freed up a Boo striker who slotted her shot under a diving Sabrina Macias to level the score at 1's. Brittney Stark gave Rush the lead again when she followed up Gabbi Miranda's blast from 25 yards out. Stark completed her hat trick just before half. Kerri Marquadt got on the end of a Ashely Mages' cross and hit the cross bar with her shot. Stark was there to clean up the rebound as she headed it in from close range.
The second half saw a few good chances from both sides. Boo hit the cross bar from a long range shot midway through the second half. In the final minute, Boo converted a pk on a questionable foul in the box. Rush killed off the final minute of the game and came away with a 3-2 victory sending the players and fans into a frenzy!
Brittney Stark was selected MVP of the match after scoring three goals.
"Oh When the Rush," could be heard throughout the city, as the girls were taken away from the stadium on a convertible bus and driven all around town.
Picture of the game, the celebration, and players' comment will be available soon.
Angeli Scores Second Goal in a Row for Breakers
(Rush Alum Jordan Angeli celebrates after scoring against Washington Freedom)
A week removed from scoring one of the goals of the year, Jordan Angeli scored her second goal in as many games securing Boston’s third win in a row. The goal put the Breakers in front of the visiting Washington Freedom 2-1. That score line would hold up to put the Boston Breakers right back into the playoff hunt.
Rush Girls Win PPI
Colorado Rush GU12 Nike are Pikes Peak Invitational’s newest Back-to-Back Champions. Outscoring their opponents 21-2 over the week, the Nike girls hope to build on their momentum at this weekend’s Surf Cup in San Diego, California.
ECNL Nationals Recap
The Colorado Rush ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) teams finished off the first year of ECNL competition at the Championships in Seattle over the weekend.
The U17 Nike girls had the most to play for as they were in danger of being relegated to the ‘B’ division. The 17’s had trouble in the league this year with injuries and some bad results. None of those problems were evident in Seattle as the 17’s won their first game against Irvine Strikers 3-0 (goals by Kelsey Loupee (2) and Annie Kunz). The game betweens the 17’s and Charlotte Soccer Academy would decide who would stay in the ‘A’ division for 2010-2011 and who would be relegated. Kaitlyn Bassett scored the games lone goal in the first half and the Rush girls took care of Charlotte the rest of the game to earn their right to stay in the ‘A’ division for next season.
The U16’s used the ECNL games as a tune-up for the USYS National Championships which they will attend this week starting Wednesday in Overland Park, Kansas. The 16’s played two teams they will see at Nationals in Solar (TX) and Minnesota Thunder. Rush lost both games 2-1 but was without some key players over the weekend. The 16’s did beat San Juan FC 2-1 in come from behind fashion on Friday.
The U15 Nike girls played some very good soccer over the weekend. While results may not have been optimal, the quality of soccer on the pitch was evident to all who were watching the game, including the dozens of college coaches who were on the sidelines all weekend. Friday’s game between Rush and Mustang saw at least 40 college coaches in attendance.
With Nationals in the books, the final Club standings are complete. Accumulating 90 points over ECNL events this season, the Colorado Rush finished in 8th place out of the top 40 clubs in the country. By virtue of the clubs finish, the upcoming U15 Nike girls will be placed in the ‘A’ bracket for competition in 2010-2011 when they join the league.
Message From the President
Rush Boys Membership, as you buy your new uniform, please consider turning in your old uniform for a $20.00 credit! It is as simple as this, when the Team Manager distributes your new uniform, bring in your old uniform. The Team Manager will keep track of which players turned in their used uniform for the $20.00 credit. The Rush management team will then ship these uniforms to our clubs in Africa.
Membership, each uniform is so important to these kids, each one makes a difference. This is called our R.E.A.C.H. program, Rush Equipment Assisting CHildren. You are helping kids feel part of a team…the Rush Soccer Club.
Help those boys and girls, consider donating your old uniform!
Thank you. Tim Schulz, President & C.E.O. of Rush Soccer.
JORDAN ANGELI SPARKS BOSTON BREAKERS COMEBACK
(07.12.10) UPDATED 07.13
Angeli, in her first year with the WPS' Boston Breakers was a half time
substitute against the Atlanta Beat. However, her entrance into the game
that saw her team down 0-1, was soon followed by her thunderous volley from
27 yards which sparked three goals in five minutes (WPS record) by her team
and a Boston Breaker win. For more click here.
Check out Jordan's goal by clicking here.
CO Rush Girls Shine at ODP Regional Camp
Thirteen Rush players represented Colorado ODP at the Girls Region IV Camp held July 5-9 at the University of Idaho. The GU15 Nike team had eight players playing with the CO 95 team. The GU13 Nike team had four palyers and the GU14 Nike team had one player playing for the CO 96 team.
After finishing the week with a 2-1-1 record, five Rush Girls were selected for the Regional Pool. Danica Evans, Madi Hall, Gabby Miranda, Lizzy Raben, and Morgan Stanton will be headed to Onatrio, CA July 26-30 for the Regional Holdover Camp.
The CO 96's finished the week with a 2-2-1 record. Rush's Betsy Brandon, Jordan DiBiasi, and Becca Rasmussen will skip the Regional Holdover Camp and head straight to the U14 National ID Camp held July 31- August 6th at the University of Portland. Before heading to National Camp, these three players, along with Gabby Miranda, will be travelling to Sweden to play in the Gothia Cup July 17-25.
R.E.A.C.H. In the News
7 News will air a piece on the Colorado Rush R.E.A.C.H. program tonight during the 5:00 PM show. The R.E.A.C.H. program is in the early stages of the biggest single gear collection to date with the collection of jerseys in conjunction with the release of the 2010 Boy's uniform. Catch channel 7 news tonight for more details.
World Cup Match Viewings
Lil’ Ricci’s was rocking on Tuesday as 50 Colorado Rush and Titan players and family members created a lively atmosphere while watching Spain beat Portugal in the 2010 World Cup. In addition to great food and an exciting match, several lucky winners received prizes for correctly answering World Cup trivia questions during the half time break.
The next match viewing is Uruguay vs Ghana on Friday July 2nd, 12:30pm kick off. See you there!
(Ethan and Wyatt discuss a hard-fought game!)
Registration for Fall Developmental Soccer is currently underway. The deadline for registration for in house Developmental soccer is July 16th, 2010.
U16 Girls Crowned Far West Region Champions
The U16 Colorado Rush girls have been crowned as champions of the Far West Region after a come from behind 2-1 win over Legends FC of Cal South on Sunday in Albuquerque.
A slow start found the Rush girls trailing 1-0 at halftime. After three straight years of making it to the Far West Regionals and never advancing past the quarterfinal stage, the Rush girls were not about to let this opportunity slip through their fingers. Second half substitute Danielle Tavel helped spark the Rush and within a few minutes, Rush drew a free kick 20 yards from goal. U17 National Team member Lindsey Horan stepped up to take the kick. Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of the effort as Lindsey smashed the ball over the wall and just under the crossbar for the equalizer.
“I was really in the zone and wanted to take the shot,” Lindsey said after the game. “They didn’t set up the wall very well and I just hit it hard at the keeper and it went over her head.”
15 minutes later, Mary Schwappach tracked down a through ball behind the Legends defense and struck a well placed shot past a diving Legends keeper for a 2-1 lead.
“Oh my gosh it was the best feeling. I was like ‘finally I get to score instead of just Lindsey,” Mary said jokingly after the game.
Rush possessed the ball well in the final 20 minutes and played solid defense when called upon to kill off the game.
The win marks the 3rd consecutive year that a Rush team has won Region IV. During that stretch, 5 separate titles have been captured (2008-U18 Girls, U19 Boys, 2009-U19 Girls, U19 Boys, 2010-U16 Girls).
The 16’s will advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championship in Overland Park, Kansas July 21-25. The girls will have the opportunity to win the 15th National Championship for the Colorado Rush, the most by any club in the country.
Rush Girls In Region IV Finals
The CO Rush GU16 Nike team defeated Surf (So Cal) 1-0 in the Semifinals at the Farwest Regionals in Albuquerque, NM. For the second consecutive game, Lindsey Horan converted a penalty kick for the game winner (Rush defeated Crossfire 1-0 in their Quarterfinal game on Friday). While Surf maintained the majority of possession, Rush stuck with their game plan of sitting back and counter attacking. Early in the second half, Horan received a pass from Bri Campos near midfield. Lindsey settled the ball with her chest and volleyed it out wide to Mary Schwappach. As Mary was about to take a shot, she was drug down in the box by a Surf defender. Horan stepped up and calmly slotted the ball to the goalies left, as she dove right. According to Horan, "the Surf gk knew I always went to my left, so when I saw her cheat, I went to the right". Rush sat back and absorbed a lot of pressure from Surf for the final 25 minutes, but the defense held strong and preserved the shutout. The Rush girls will face Legends (So Cal) in the Final at 1 pm on Sunday.
Unfortunately it will not be in all Rush final in the BU19 age group. Co Rush BU19 Nike Team lost to Internationals (Oregon). After falling behind 0-2, the Rush fought back and earned a goal just before halftime. Josue Jiminez's slide tackle kept the ball alive in the box long enough to find the feet of Rex Jennings. Rex buried his shot low and hard past the diving Internationals GK. It took Rush just 5 minutes to equalize in the second half. Mark Grubbs made a streaking run down the right side and his cross found Jiminez on the back post for an easy tap in. Internatinoals answered right back and took a 3-2 lead on a 30 yard blast. With 15 minutes remaining in the game, Rush earned a free kick 22 yard out. Paolo Delpiccolo's left footed shot swerved around the wall and beat the International GK to the far post. With one minute remaining in regulation, Rush squandered a golden opportunity to win the game. Josue Jiminez broke though the International defense and found Jennings all alone inside the box, with just the GK to beat. Unforutnately his shot sailed just inches over the bar. Despite several quality chances for Rush in OT, it was Internationals who struck first. Rush had a few half chances late in the second OT, but were unable to convert. Internationals added one more goal late to secure their place in the final vs New Mexico Rush.
World Cup Match Viewings
Breaking News: World Cup Match Viewings Update
First match Tuesday June 29th 12:30pm KO. SPAIN VS PORTUGAL
A limited number of spaces are still available for this match. Eat, drink and enjoy watching two European soccer powerhouses as they fight for the right to compete in the World Cup Quarter Finals. Watch as David Villa, David Silva, Fernando Torres and Xavi take on Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco and Ricardo Carvalho. It doesn’t get any better than this!!!
CATCH THE EXCITEMENT!!
Colorado Rush are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of 3 World Cup Match Viewings for our players and families. Viewings will be hosted at Lil’ Ricci’s Italian Restaurant, Littleton. Pizza, soda and expert analysis (in the form of the Colorado Rush Coaching Staff) will be provided free of charge. This is a fantastic way to share the excitement of the World Cup with friends from your club.
The dates of the games are as follows:
Tuesday, June 29 th 2010, 12.30pm kick off (2nd Round match)
Friday, July 2nd 2010, 12:30pm kick off (Quarter Final match)
Wednesday, July 7th 2010, 12:30 kick off (Semi Final match)
Lil’ Ricci’s is located at 12652 West Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton (corner of Ken Caryl and S. Shaffer Parkway).
Come share the passion and joy of the "Greatest Show On Earth"
Rush Teams Advance to Quarter Finals of Farwest Regionals
The GU17 Nike team's 3-0 record earned them the top spot in Group C. They will play Pride Predators (CO Wildcard) in the Quarterfinals.
The GU16 Nike team bounced back from a Day 1 loss, with two convincing wins over Hawaii and Alaska. They finished second in Group C and will face Crossfire (Washington) in the Quartefinals.
The BU19 Nike team's 1 win and 2 draws were enough for second place in Group B. They will play Santa Clara Sporting (Cal North) in their Quarterfinal game.
The Pikes Peak BU12 Nike team finished group play with a 2-1 record. They will face Santa Barbara Soccer Club (Cal South) in the Quarterfinals.
The BU19, GU17, and GU16 teams all play at 8 am on Friday. The PP BU12 team will play at 2 pm.
Click here for video highlights from the U17 girls game against SD Surf. The game was Rush's game of the day for day 3.
Angeli Notches First Career Goal
Colorado Rush alum, and current Boston Breaker, Jordan Angeli scored her first career WPS goal recently in a 2-1 loss to Sky Blue FC. Click here to read more about Jordan's first goal.
Lindsey Horan and Annie Kunz Named Parade All-Americans
(Lindsey Horan was recently named as a 2010 Parade All-American)
Lindsey Horan and Annie Kunz are well known names in girl’s soccer in Colorado. Both names are now known across the country as Lindsey and Annie were recently named to the 2010 Parade Magazine All-American Team. The Parade All-American list is a long-standing institution known for recognizing some of the nations top talent in youth sports. Lindsey and Annie were both named to the list as two of the nations top forwards.
Lindsey made the list, which largely looks at success with high school teams, despite not playing high school soccer for Golden High School. Instead, Lindsey played with a Rush boy’s team in the spring. It has been a terrific year for Lindsey who led her Rush team to yet another Colorado State Cup Championship, led the U17 National Team in goals at the 2010 CONCACAF Regional Championships, was called into the U18 National Camp despite only being 15 at the time (has since turned 16) and made the roster for the Colorado Rush W-League team. Upon making the Parade All-America team, The Denver Post did a story on Lindsey that landed on the front page of the sports section! Click hereto read the Post article.
Annie was named the State Cup MVP after helping the U17 Nike girls to their second straight Colorado State Cup Championship. Annie also led the Wheat Ridge Farmers to their second straight 4A State Championship (Hat Trick in State Final) while also running track for Wheat Ridge where she was the State's top performer in the 100 meter Hurdles, Triple Jump and High Jump. Annie was also invited to U17 National camp earlier in 2010.
"Annie has had an amazing year," said Andrew Kummer, Annie's Coach. " She has a nose for the goal and can simply put the ball in the back of the net. While she has proven to be a legitimate goal scorer, her experience with the U17 National Team helped her realize where her game needs to go. Annie is truly deserving of this award and I look forward to many more good things to come."
Congratulations Annie and Lindsey on this tremendous accomplishment!
To see the full list of Parade All-Americans, click here.
U12 Dominators Dominate Real Cup
The U-12 Dominators won the 2010 Real Colorado Cup silver division over Memorial Day weekend. The girls scored 18 goals and only allowed one goal for a record of four wins and one tie. Since March, the girls have won a total 14 games, tied twice, and lost once and were champions in two tournaments. The girls played excellent team offense with twelve different goal scorers, while also playing outstanding team defense allowing only four goals.
World Cup Match Viewings
CATCH THE EXCITEMENT!!
Colorado Rush are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of 3 World Cup Match Viewings for our players and families. Viewings will be hosted at Lil’ Ricci’s Italian Restaurant, Littleton. Pizza, soda and expert analysis (in the form of the Colorado Rush Coaching Staff) will be provided free of charge. This is a fantastic way to share the excitement of the World Cup with friends from your club.
The dates of the games are as follows:
Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 12.30pm kick off (2nd Round match)
Friday, July 2nd 2010, 12:30pm kick off (Quarter Final match)
Wednesday, July 7th 2010, 12:30 kick off (Semi Final match)
Lil’ Ricci’s is located at 12652 West Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton (corner of Ken Caryl and S. Shaffer Parkway).
Come share the passion and joy of the "Greatest Show On Earth"
Rush Open Tournament
****Saturday June 12th, Rush Open Tournament Has been CANCELLED due to standing water at Dicks Sports Park grass fields and expected over night rains - the Tournament committee will contact all teams with cancellation details by the end of next week, June 18th!!!*****
Aubrey Sacco has been missing in Nepal for several weeks.Come join Greeley Central alumni and friends to support long time Rush member Morgan Sacco and his family with a CO-ED FUNDRAISER SOCCER GAME. There will be Burgers & Hot Dogs available for purchase and all proceeds will go towards the Sacco's search and rescue efforts. Everyone is welcome.
District 6 Stadium behind Northridge HS
100 71st Avenue
Greeley, CO 80634
June 12, 2010
Gates Open: 8:15 am
Kick Off: 9:00 am
BBQ: After Game - 12:00 pm
***Teams will comprise of mostly Greeley soccer players but even if you are not there to play please come eat, enjoy the day and support a family in need.
(The Rush Staff with World Cup R.E.A.C.H. shirts)
The Colorado Rush staff recently took a group picture in their new REACH shirts that celebrate the World Cup. The shirts are available for purchase with all proceeds going to support the R.E.A.C.H. program. Enjoy the World Cup!
Rush Lightning Bolts Win Kelvin Norman Memorial
Congratulations to Colorado RUSH U-14 Lightning Bolts for their 1st place victory at the Colorado Sting Kelvin Norman Memorial Fusion tournament held June 4-6.
The hot weather didn’t play a negative factor for the RUSH team. RUSH defeated Broomfield Blast, 2-1 and Steamboat, 3-1 on Saturday. The next morning they continued their run to the title by defeating RMSA Cougars, 3-2. With a spot in the title game secured the Bolts tied Bear Creek, 1-1, and to the championship game where the team shut-out Broomfield Blast, 1-0, to win 1st place in the Fusion tournament.
The ladies showed off their hard work in practice on corner kicks by winning 3 of their 4 victories on corner kicks. The Bolts had been practicing corner kicks at every practice during the year and their perseverance scored them a title. Great teamwork!
Join the Rush Soccer World Cup Pick'em
Click here to join a World Cup Pick'em bracket against Rush members from across the country. Think you know who is going to win this years World Cup? Prove it! Fill out a bracket and test your soccer knowledge against all of Rush nation! Don't delay, brackets must be filled out by Friday prior to the South Africa vs. Mexico game.
Rush Girls Win Manchester United Premier Cup
Colorado Rush U14 Nike Girls defeated Slammers (Southern California) 2-0 on Monday to win the Manchester United Premier Cup, one of the most prestigious youth tournaments in the US!
The Rush Girls won their group with 9 points by defeating Legends (Souther California) 1-0, Ohio Premier 1-0, and West Coast FC (Southern California) 1-0. Their lone blemish in group play was a 2-1 loss to Mustang (Northern California).
In the Quarter Finals, Rush defeated PDA (New Jersey) in a shootout. Rush's Betsy Brandon, Natalie Amborse, and Shannon Patterson all converted their penalties, while gk Lindsey Hendon came up with two clutch saves.
In the Semi Finals, Rush knocked off Arsenal (Southern California) 1-0 in OT. Betsy Brandon scored the game winner 60 seconds before the final whistle.
The Rush Girls saved their best soccer for the Final game of the tournament. They completely dominated the Slammers from begginng to end. Rush opened the scoring in the 3rd minute when Betsy Brandon's pass deflected off a Slammers' defender and into the back of the net. Rush put on a clinic in the second half. Betsy doubled the lead on a classy goal from outside the box after some wonderful combination play. Gabby Miranda nearly made it 3-0 when her free kick from 35 yards out, rang off the goal post.
For winning the Man U Cup, the girls now qualify to play in the Gothia Cup in Sweden, July 18-25. The Gothia Cup is one of the biggest tournaments in the world (1500 teams from 60 countries) and Nike will foot the bill for the girls to attend.
Congratualtions girls and good luck in Sweden!!!
U15 Boys A2 Wins Division Title
The U15 Boys Advanced 2 team capped off an undefeated season and CYSA division championship with a hard-fought 2-2 tie against the Fusion Cosmos on May 23. Alex Longan converted a header on a free kick from Colin Sullivan in the last minute of play to preserve A2's unbeaten season. The A2 team ended the season with a 6-0-3 record and finished atop the U15 Division 3 South Division. The U15 Advanced 2 team is coached by Ken Lloyd and Peter Sullivan.
Congratulations Pride Prodigy Cup Champions
(Jessie is on the go)
The Rush Cheetahs played heir first ever 6v6 tournament against an incredibly competitive U7 age group. After winning all 3 games in pool play, they met a very tough Colorado Pride Red Rage team that they had edged in the prelim 2-1. In a very competitive final game, the Cheetahs worked hard in the first half and after a spectacular goal by Lauren Fuller, strong defense by Isabel Wildermuth and outstanding goalkeeping by Morgan Clark, they went ahead 1-0. The courageous Pride fought back and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Penalty kicks are a very stressful thing for 6/7 year olds to manage, but the Cheetahs rose above the challenge and defeated the Pride with the final kick by Cheetahs standout Lia Zavalsky. What an exciting game for such a young team – we expect big things from them in years to come.
State Cup Update: U13 Girls Play For Championship
(U13 Nike Girls celebrate after their semi-final win over Real National)
Max Flom's goal midway through the second half was all the GU13 Nike Team needed as they held on to win their Semi Final vs Real National 1-0 on Sunday. GK Allie Cunningham came up big on several occasions to preserve the shut out. The Rush Girls have a chance to avenge their only loss of the season as they take on Grand Junction in the State Cup Final on Sunday, May 23rd. Grand Junction defeated Storm Royal 2-1 in their Semi Final. Both of these teams are also fighting it out for the GU13 Premier 1 League Championship. Grand Junction currently sit on top of the table with 3 more points than Rush, but Rush have played 3 fewer games.
Rush Soccer has 3 teams that will be competing for the State Cup Final on Sunday, May 23rd at Gates Soccer Complex.
9:30 am- BU15 Pikes Peak Rush Nike vs CO Rapids on Gates #2
11:00 am- GU13 CO Rush Nike vs Grand Junction on Gates #1
12:00 pm- BU12 Pikes Peak Rush Nike vs Arsenal Gold on Gates #2
Please come out and support all of our Rush teams on Sunday.
A Rainy Friday Brings out the Best in School of Excellence
Last Friday was, for many, a wet, gray and ugly Friday. However, for those members of the School of Excellence program that braved the conditions, it ended up being a perfect day for soccer! With the help of the 15 Nike Boys, the 18 Academy Boys, and some members of the newly formed W-League side (players attended from Florida State, Portland and CU) the rain provided the perfect environment for a small sided tournament. This was not just your everyday tournament however. Winning was secondary in qualifying for the championship. Spirit and energy were the primary ingredients for qualifying for the finals, and in the girl’s session…the ability to dance played a very large role. The pictures can tell you the rest of the story. Thanks to all the S of E players for coming out (and all the parents for getting them there) and thanks to the two boys teams and W-League players for their performance and contribution.
One of the teams celebrate their qualifying for the finals after dance off competition.
Rachel Lim of Florida State tries to block the oncoming shot by a School of Excellence All-Star.
Ross and Megan get the crowd psyched up during a chant at the finals.
The pre-game picture of the dance off champions prior to the final.
A special inside look at what made the dance of champions…champions.
RUSH FAMILY MEMBER NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
Morgan Sacco has been a member of the Rush family for many years, and is currently finishing his freshman year at San Diego State. His sister, Aubrey, is missing after she journeyed on a trek in the Himalayas. A facebook account has been set up to help in the search efforts and support for Aubrey. In addition, the Sacco family has started a ribbon campaign and is asking for your assistance in continuing this effort. Bright beautiful colorful ribbons hung on your trees (remember the yellow ribbon tied around the old oak tree....), mailboxes, lamp posts anything to show support to bring our girl home. "I want Aubrey to see all the glitter ribbons from her airplane back to the US showing her the way back home", says her mom.
The Rush family can help by displaying the ribbons and joining the facebook group: AMERICAN AUBREY SACCO, MISSING, NEPAL HIMALAYAS
Aubrey has been spreading glitter around the world, touching lives, and living her dream. Aubs let your love and light bring you home!
Rush Soccer's Best Ready to Square Off
(Mal, Seedy, Aimar, Baba and the rest of the CO Academy Boys will take on Texas Rush on Saturday)
Four of Rush Soccer’s top teams will face off this weekend when the US Development Academy teams from Texas Rush/AJ Auxerre visit Colorado Rush/AJ Auxerre in non-conference play.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to compete with Colorado Rush AJ Auxerre. It will be a true measure of where our Academy players and teams are at this time of year,” said Texas Rush Technical Director Don Gemmell. “What is really cool a few of these boys from each club will travel together over to France later this summer and compete together.”
The 91’s from Texas Rush sit in 7th place in the Texas Division heading into the weekend. They have struggled down the stretch dropping 5 of their last 6 with a tie being the other result. Jose Ruiz and Patrick Toh lead the team with 7 and 6 goals respectively.The 93’s are in 5th place and come in winners of three straight games. Elliot McGilbra leads the team with 8 goals on the year.
“We have great respect for Texas Rush. They compete in one of the most difficult divisions in the country and their coaching staff is second to none. Every Academy game is an important one, but this one will be special playing against our Rush brethren,” commented Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushéy.
The 91’s from Colorado currently lead the Frontier Division but have had a streak of disappointing ties slow them after a start of 9-1. They are led by Gambian Abdoulie ‘Aimar’ Jatta with 14 goals.
The 93’s sit in third in conference and hope to forget a month of April that saw only 1 win along with 3 ties and 3 losses. Akio Ohtake-Gordon leads the attack with 5 goals thus far.
“Everyone in the Rush organization has been anticipating this Texas-Colorado matchup for some time now, said Rush Soccer Technical Director Andrew Kummer. “It is already difficult enough to earn 3 points in the USSDA but the added pressure of competing against a club within your own organization should make for an interesting day of football.”
For video highlights from last weekends games, click here.
Oregon State Product Comes to Colorado Rush
Oregon State graduating Senior Melissa Peck will be joining the Colorado Rush W-League team this summer. Peck was a key contributor for the Beavers last season and helped lead OSU to the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the Sweet 16.
“I’m excited to play with some of the elite soccer players that will be on the team. I want to become a better player and hopefully contribute to the team as well," commented Melissa. Melissa was the Beavers second leading scorer in 2009 with 7 goals and 3 assists as OSU had one of the best seasons in program history.
“Melissa was a leader at Oregon State and played a key role in getting them to the NCAA Sweet 16,” said Colorado Rush Head Coach Erik Bushéy. “I expect her to bring her energetic style here and make a similar impact. I am excited to have her join our club.”
A native of Boise, Idaho, Melissa played club soccer for the Boise Capitals winning seven State Championships. She also played on the Idaho state ODP team for three years before heading to Corvallis for college. “I’m looking forward to a new environment,” said Melissa. “I’ve never really been in Denver so I’m excited to see a new city.”
Melissa and the rest of the Colorado Rush W-League team will be in action starting June 6th when they take on the Seattle Sounders. Tickets are on sale now.
U16 Nike Girls Welcome Two New Players
Colorado Rush welcomes Janelle Morgan and Sara Feder to the Rush family and to the Colorado Rush Girls U16 Nike team coached by Tim Schulz. We are very excited to have Janelle and Sara join our team! Congratulations to both Janelle and Sara on their recent championship at the ODP Nationals. They both are 1994 players but competed with the 1993 team. Congratulations on your accomplishment, girls! Both are pictured below in the top row: Sara is 3rd from the left and Janelle is 4th from the left.
2010 Rush Cup, A Huge Success
The weekend of April 17th and 18th Clement Park was host to nearly 70 Developmental teams from NA Rush, Titan Soccer Club, Pikes Peak Rush, Rush West (Evergreen) and Colorado Rush participating in the 2010 Rush Cup. The games were highlighted by terrific sportsmanship, wonderful soccer and pure enjoyment of the sport! The Rush would like to thank every team who participated in the event and we hope that next will be even bigger and better.
REACH Superstar Skylar Alward
(Skylar with members of the DU Men's Soccer Team)
“Skylar Alward is an exceptional person. Not only does she dedicate herself to improving her soccer skills, but she cares deeply about other children getting the same kind of opportunities as she has. Skylar is a REACH Ambassador with Colorado Rush, a position which requires her to organize used equipment collections from her team mates, friends and class mates. Skylar has taken this to the next level and has arranged equipment drives through the Colorado Rush Developmental Program. Her passion and dedication for the REACH program has seen her step out of her comfort zone to talk to large groups of people of all different ages. She has coordinated drives at Bantam Indoor Training, School of Excellence and has even organized the collection of equipment from the University of Denver’s Men Soccer team! Skylar’s hard work is producing very tangible results that will give children from less fortunate backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer, have fun and feel special about themselves. She is an inspiration to us all, and is proof that a person with a good heart can make a difference.” - Ross Fowler, Director of Develomental.
WPS’ Jordan Angeli and Sarah Wagenfuhr draw 1-1
(Jordan and Sarah)
Jordi’s Boston Breakers and Wags’ St. Louis Athletica battled to a tie this weekend. Jordi entered the game as a second half sub and Wags still recovering from a hamstring injury was on the bench but did not make an appearance. Continued success to both players and clubs.
Two Rush Alum to Square off on National TV this Sunday
(Sarah and Jordan)
Jordan Angeli will square off against Sarah Wagenfuhr this Sunday as the Boston Breakers take on St. Louis Athletica in St. Louis. Both players are expected to be rostered for the game. Wagenfuhr suffered a pulled hamstring as she started for St. Louis in the season opener so she is questionable. Both teams are 1-0-1 and sit atop the WPS standings. Good luck to both players and teams! The game airs on Fox Soccer Channel at 4pm on Sunday.
Greetings Coaches, Players and Parents:
Please make plans to attend the 2nd Annual R.E.A.C.H. dinner on Saturday, May 1, 2010.
We are collecting soccer gear and equipment to support the kids and U.S. Military soldiers in Africa and Afghanistan .
The event will be casual attire and open to ALL family members and friends of all ages.
Please remember to bring one potluck dish to share for 10 to 15 people.
Rush Membership, I would like to drop a short note regarding our Titan Project. In February of 2005, the Rush purchased 52 acres on the corner of Titan and Roxborough with the intent of building a soccer complex, the Titan Sports Complex. The land was zoned agricultural and still is to this day. We are in the process of partnering with a land developer named Sterling Ranch, llc. Sterling Ranch will be submitting application for rezoning sometime this summer. The Rush will be included in the application. Our hope is to begin construction in 2011 with the hope of completing a couple of turf fields. We have been working very hard to make this long time dream of ours come true.
We will keep you updated with any significant development. Thank you. Tim Schulz.
NSCD Select Team Visits Rush
In a game where the score truly did not matter, the Colorado Rush BU11 Nike and Swoosh teams participated in a scrimmage against the National Sports Center for the Disabled Denver Select Team.
The NSCD Select Team was formed in 2005 through a partnership with US Paralympics and USYSA soccer clubs to further the development of paralympic eligible athletes in the sport of soccer. The team is comprised of kids, ages 11 through 18 with physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injuries, Stroke and more.
In addition to playing an 8 week season in the spring and fall, the Denver Select team will be travelling to Kansas City this May to participate in a National Training Camp being coached by men's US Paralympic head soccer coach and Virginia Rush Director of Academy, Jay Hoffman.
To compliment the Select program, a recreational soccer program is also offered through the NSCD to encourage newcomers to become involved in soccer.
Through the help of local clubs such as Rush soccer, the select team is able to scrimmage and play against able bodied clubs throughout the season, providing the much needed inclusion into mainstream soccer for this program.
Founded in 1970, the National Sports Center for the Disabled's mission is to positively impact the lives of people with any physical or mental challenge through quality adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports. The NSCD’s impact on lives is direct, immediate and visible. Over 23,000 lessons are provided annually.
Ghana Rush Off To a Great Start
As we continue our look at Rush partners in Africa, we turn to Ghana Rush. Ghana joined the Rush at the beginning of 2010 and have had great success since doing so. The following is from Ghana Rush Technical Director Ahmed Agyeman.
Barely four months into our partnership with Rush Soccer, Ghana Rush continues to see the impact of our partnership. Interest and enquiries about Ghana Rush continue to grow. The sense of being part of a bigger Rush family has motivated our members to work hard and take advantage of all the benefits given them as Rush players. Through the Rush Soccer web page, our players have seen and read about the success of Rush players at club, college, league, and national level. Click here to read more.
Way To Go, Sydney!!
Sydney Kretzchmar proudly displays her Colorado Rush Way To Go Card. She was awarded the card by Coach Sally Mosher for her relentless attacking play from her left sided position and taking lots of shots on goal in their recent Developmental game. Coaches can award cards to any player they feel has displayed great examples of the Rush Way to play. Keep up the great work Sydney and Coach Sally! The full log of players who have been awarded cards this season is displayed under the Developmental > Announcements tab. Could you be the next player to be added?
Top Seminole Signs With Rush
Florida State’s Tori Huster has committed to play for the Colorado Rush W League team for the 2010 season. Tori is a mainstay in the Florida State midfield and helped FSU split the ACC Regular Season crown in 2009. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tori played club soccer with the Ohio Elite Soccer Academy before going to Florida State to study exercise science. Tori’s play while at FSU has earned her national recognition and she is currently in the U23 player pool and will be with the 23’s from April 18-25 for games in the northwest against Oregon State and Portland. In addition to her outstanding on field accomplishments, Tori is also a committed student and was named to the ACC All-Academic team for the fall 2009 season.
“I have only heard good things about the new Colorado Rush W League team,” said Tori of her summer pans. “I’ve seen that Danielle Foxhoven (another player in the U23 National Pool) will be there along with other good players. Erik Bushéy and the other coaches are working hard to bring in a collection of quality players. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tori will be one of the more experienced W League players this summer as she has played with the Boston Renegades the past two summers.
“I hope to help the team understand how competitive the W League can get. I think the west region will be a little different and it will be interesting to play some new teams,” commented Tori on her past W League play.
Colorado Rush Head Coach Erik Bushéy is excited for Tori to arrive this summer saying, “Mark Krikorian (FSU Head Coach) has told me only great things of Tori. She is a wonderful young lady and somebody who I expect to have a major impact on our team.”
Tori and the Colorado Rush W League team will kick off the 2010 season on June 6th at 2:00 PM (mountain) against the Seattle Sounders at Prentup Field in Boulder.
Spring School of Excellence in Full Swing
(U10 Girls fight for possesion at School of Excellence)
Friday 4/09/10 saw the second week of Spring 2010 School of Excellence at Clement Park in Littleton. The program has become the flagship Developmental program for players aged 7-10 who want to improve their skills, technique and gain a passion for the game. Each week players are working in small groups with Colorado Rush staff coaches and developing the individual components of their game. This season has seen the program develop extensively in many ways. Current Competitive players from Colorado Rush’s Nike and Academy teams are involved every week. “This has really given our Developmental players a view of real, tangible role models who have been through the program and are now playing soccer at a high standard,” said Erik Bushey, Technical Director: Colorado Rush. “It’s great to see our older players giving their time to help the next generation of Colorado Rush stars.”
Also involved for the first time have been some returning Colorado Rush players. Former-Rush and current CU players Quinn Krier and Kelci Newlin were happy to contribute their time and demonstrate their skills for up and coming players. “It helps our younger players realize that there is a whole world of soccer playing opportunities out there beyond their current team. We are hopefully setting our players up for a lifetime of passion for the world’s game.” Said Director of Coaching: Developmental Ross Fowler.
“WE ARE THE RUSH, WE ARE THE RUSH!!!”
Though the technical element of the program is vital, the concept of one club / one game is a major component too. At the end of each week, players learn club chants that they can sing at their own team games. “We want our players to know about and be proud of their club identity. We have already started to hear our players chanting at the end of their Developmental games, which is incredible. It brings a whole new level to the club concept,” said Ross
School of Excellence runs for the next 6 consecutive Friday’s, and will restart again in Fall 2010.
Gambia Rush Stars Shining Bright in Colorado
(From left: Baboucarr Jammeh, Seedy Bah, Aimar Jatta, Famara Bojang their first week in Colorado)
The Gambia Rush are not even into their third official month as a Rush partner but the effect Gambian players have already had in America is staggering. Four Gambian boys are currently playing in Colorado with the Rush US Developmental Academy teams. As of today, the Gambian boys have accounted for 21 goals and a handful of shutouts as the 91's are sitting atop the Frontier Division in the Central Conference. Baboucarr (Mal) Jammeh recently sat down to talk about his experience so far in the States.
Rush 'Way to Go' Winners
Congratulations to all our Developmental teams who played this weekend. For many teams this was their first game of the season, and we were all glad to see the weather cooperate and allow us to finally get into some outstanding soccer action. There were lots of goals, lots of smiles and tons of fun! Coaches have been sending in the names of players who have been awarded Rush Way to Go Cards this weekend. These players have shown outstanding examples of the Rush Way to play soccer, and are recognized on the Developmental Announcements page in our Rush Way to Go log. Keep up the great work!
Colorado Rush add Local Legend Foxhoven to W League Roster
University of Portland All-American Danielle Foxhoven will return home to Colorado this summer to play with the Colorado Rush W-League team. Danielle played for the 89-90 Colorado Rush Nike team for many years prior to heading to Portland. During that time, Danielle led the Rush to back-to-back US Youth Soccer National Championships in 2008 and 2009. The 89-90 Colorado Rush Nike team also won 7 State cup competitions, 2 Region IV tournaments, and various national tournaments with Danielle leading the way.
“I have always loved being part of the Rush. Obviously it is really exciting for me to come back and help move the program forward,” Danielle said of her return home to the Rush. She continued, “I think the Rush have always been very innovative and have always been looking for new things to do in order to be the best. I am very excited to a part of the newest venture with the W League team.”
Danielle has made a two-year assault on the University of Portland’s storied record books. In 2009 (her Sophomore campaign) Danielle finished with 25 goals, second only to MAC Hermann Trophy winner Kelley O’Hara of Stanford. Danielle has scored 41 goals in 2 years and sits in 7th place in goals scored and 9th place (98 points) in Portland history with two years of eligibility remaining. Her performance with the Pilots has drawn plenty of attention from the US National Team and Danielle is currently in the U23 player pool.
“Danielle is one of the best goal scorers in the country,” commented Colorado Rush Technical Director and W-League Head Coach Erik Bushéy. “This separates her from most. But what makes Danielle special is who she is as a person and the many other qualities she brings to the game, such as: her loyalty, her passion, her team first mentality and her leadership.”
Danielle and the rest of the Colorado Rush W-League team will kick off their inaugural season on Sunday, June 6th when they host the Seattle Sounders at Englewood HS Stadium.
Nkomazi Rush Receive Rush Uniforms
On a recent shipment to South Africa and more specifically to our partners the Nkomazi Rush, we were met with overwhelming response. Although only one set was delivered, the club embraced the new equipment with excitement and gratitude. “We knew this day would come,” Zola, Technical Director of the Nkomazi Rush states. “The Rush told us ‘we will outfit the entire Rush community of 3,000 plus players.’ The initiative is driven by the REACH project where we will collect used uniforms this Spring and Summer and ship to our partners in need by late August.”
For more details and pictures, click here.
Stanton, McElvaine Off to Costa Rica with ODP
(Morgan and Havana)
Morgan Stanton and Havana McElvaine, of the U15 Nike girls, have been invited to attend a week long camp in Costa Rica with Region IV ODP. This is a tremendous honor and will be the first soccer trip outside of the country for both players. During the trip (March 22-30), the girls will have the chance to play games, participate in training sessions and engage in cultural exchange with players from other countries. "I'm very excited that Morgan and Havana have the opportunity to go to Costa Rica to represent Region IV and Colorado Rush. They are both very good players and should do quite well," commented 15's Head Coach Wes Hart. Good luck in Costa Rica girls!
Lindsey and USA Prepare For Canada
(Lindsey, on right, practices her interview skills)
Having scored 8 goals in 3 games, Lindsey Horan is receiving plenty of attention on the soccer fields of Costa Rica. But she is also receiving plenty of media attention for her goal-scoring prowess. Prior to the USA’s semifinal matchup with Canada, (Thursday at 4PM Mountain, Tape Delay on Fox Soccer Channel-6PM Mountain) Lindsey took a few minutes to do an interview with ussoccer.com about- her interview skills. Please click hereto read the interview.
Editor’s Note: On the interview page there is a video highlight of the USA’s 10-0 win over Costa Rica, check it out!
Horan Re-writes Record Books
Lindsey Horan scored twice in the USA's 10-0 win over Costa Rica on Sunday evening putting the USA through to the semifinals on March 18. With the 2 goals, Lindsey now has 8 goals (in just 3 games) which makes her the U.S. all time leading goal scorer in CONCACAF U17 Championships (passing Courtney Verloo who scored 6 two years ago.)
“Linds is in great form. It is exciting to see her performing on national TV. The games have been easy for the U.S. team, but you can tell a player when you see one. Lindsey looks like a footballer. Great stuff!” comented Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushey following the Costa Rica game.
The USA will face either Canada or Mexico in the semifinals on Thursday. The game will be aired on FSC at 1:00 PM Mountain Time.
Horan Scores 2 in 13-0 Win Over Cayman Islands
Lindsey Horan scored twice (and now has 6 goals in the last 2 games) as the US U17 Women easily beat an overmatched Cayman Islands team 13-0. Lindsey and the US will take on Costa Rica on Sunday.
Horan Scores 4 in USA Win Over Haiti
Colorado Rush golden girl Lindsey Horan was thrilled to get the chance to play up a year with the U17 Women's National Team as they attempt to qualify for the 2010 U17 FIFA World Cup later this year. In Wednesday's game against Haiti, Lindsey proved time and time again that the US staff made a good decision by adding her to the team. Lindsey scored 4 goals and assisted on 2 others as the USA rolled over Haiti 9-0 in an emotional first match for the island country. "Four goals in any game is impressive," commented Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushey, "But to do it while wearing her countries colors is MORE than impressive." For her efforts Lindsey was named Woman of the Match by ussoccer.com. To read more about Lindsey's amazing game please click here.
More accolades for Lindsey.
Editors Note: Lindsey Horan’s four goals against Haiti upped her career total to seven in five international matches and marked the first time a U.S. U-17 player has scored four goals in a match.
The U17's will be back in action tomorrow against Cayman Islands. The game can be seen on Fox Soccer Channel at 6:00PM (MST). The 17's will also be on FSC Sunday when they take on host country Costa Rica.
U9 Rush Barcelona Places 2nd in U10 Silver Bracket at Colorado Cup
Rush Barca, led by coaches Ken Brown and Greg Parham, fought a tough battle in the Championship match against Pride Nighthawks, a U-10 Option 1 Gold team. After giving up a narrow lead with a few minutes to play, the Rush boys entered their first shoot out. Despite some incredible saves from Barca's keeper, Pride squeeked out the victory. Great job Rush Barca!
U14 Swoosh Win Storm Cup Silver Division
This weekend the U14 Swoosh Boys (and girls!), under the guidance of Coach Dave Wagenfuhr, became the champions in the Storm Spring Cup, silver division. With stellar offense and defense, the team allowed only 2 goals, while scoring 11. Way to go team!
U9 Rush Strikers Win Colorado Cup
This past weekend, the BU9 RUSH Strikers played with passion and purpose at
the Colorado Cup. The combination of tenacious attacking and defending,
plus outstanding goalkeeping by 3 different goalkeepers, the Strikers scored
20 goals in four games and gave up none. The final was a good test for the
boys, yet they came out Champions in the U10 Bronze group with a 2-0 win.
Great job boys! Olé, olé olé olé - OLÉ!
U13 Boys Win Storm Spring Cup
The BU13 Nike team, coached by Danny Bills, won the Storm Spring Cup (Gold Bracket) this past weekend. Keep up the good work boys!
Ask The Doc
What is a "high ankle sprain" and how is it different from a "regular" ankle sprain? Find out what Panorama foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Roger Murken, has to say by clicking here.
Rush Success at Storm Spring Cup
The U-12 Girls Advanced 1 team won the 2010 Colorado Storm Spring Cup this weekend. The girls won all four games and didn’t allow any goals. In a total team effort, every player contributed to both the defensive and attacking phases the whole tournament. Congrats to the players and coach Dave Wamboldt!
Lindsey Horan Makes U17 WNT
Lindsey Horan was recently added to the roster of the U17 Women’s National Soccer Team. Lindsey, who currently plays for the U16 Colorado Rush Nike team, has played with youth national teams in the past (U15’s), but will be playing ‘up’ a year with the U17 team this year. To be eligible for the 17’s, players must have been born on or after January 1, 1993. Horan was born in 1994 so will be one of the younger players on the squad.
Lindsey will be traveling with the U17’s to Costa Rica for the 2010 CONCACAF regional qualification tournament beginning March 10 with the championship game scheduled for March 20. Opening round games for the Americans will be against Haiti, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica. The two top teams from the CONCACAF region, plus host country Trinidad & Tobago (who receive an automatic bid), will advance to the 2010 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup event scheduled for September 5-25.
Lindsey spent some time with the U17 team in early February for a series of international friendly games with Germany. Lindsey scored two goals (one a game winner) against the German U17 National Team.
“It really is a great feeling to make the 17’s. All of the hard work I have put in has paid off. I am so appreciative of the coaches at Rush who have helped me get to this point. I am just thrilled for this opportunity,” exclaimed Lindsey upon hearing the good news.
Lindsey’s coach, and Rush Soccer President, Tim Schulz agreed saying, “Lindsey is making a name for herself nationally. She continues to work hard. I say this specifically so the other players see the formula….hard work pays off. She does not work hard because we tell her to or because she has to, she works hard because she loves the game. Currently she has realigned her goals….she wants to help the US win a world championship.”
Loupee and Poletto Make Top 100
Kelsey Loupe and Molly Poletto, both of the GU17 Nike team, have been named to the Top Drawer Top 100 for the Class of 2011. Kelsey was ranked at #39 while Molly was #91. To view the entire list, click here.
Madi Hall Selected for ID2 National Training Camp
Madi Hall (GU15 Rush Nike) is 1 of 64 players that has been called in to the ID2 National Training Camp February 26-March 1 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Madi was recognized for her play during ECNL competitions and selected for the ID2 Regional Training camp Nov 12-15 in Frisco, TX. After a solid showing in Frisco, Madi was then invited to attend the National Training Camp at the end of Feb. Madi’s selection for the ID2 National Camp does not surprise coach, Wes Hart, “Madi has developed into a very good center back. She has good size and is solid in the air. Madi is a good 1v1 defender and is poised and confident on the ball”. For a complete list of players selected click here. For more information on ID2 click here.
Colorado Rush Enters W-League
LITTLETON, CO -- The Colorado Rush is pleased to announce that beginning in the summer of 2010, the Rush will be represented in the W-League. For more details pleaseclick here.
2010 World Cup Wines was a Huge Success!
THANK YOU to ALL Team Managers and Colorado Rush Teams:
You are so amazing in your support of the World Cup Wines event.
U-12 Nike Girls team: Coach Steve Quinones
Winners of the most creative basket ,"The Amazing Rush Super Star Bike"
U-15 Nike Girls team: Coach Wes Hart
Winners for raising the most money for the event.
U-13 Nike Girls team: Coach Wes Hart
SAPPHYRE Sexy Soccer Mom: We wish we could ALL look like her on the field!
U-15 Nike Boys team: Coach Wes Hart
We want to recognize them for the only boys team for having a creative basket, and outstanding showmanship from Carsyn Corey. OUTSTANDING!
Rush Players Sign on the Dotted Line!
February 3rd was the first official signing day for college bound soccer players. To help celebrate this day, Rush held a small ceremony for the seniors that will be going on to play college soccer. After some brief opening remarks by CO Rush’s C.A.P. Director, Steve Quinones, the players put pen to paper to the applause from their parents and families.
The Rush would like to thank all the seniors for their hard work and dedication to the Rush club. We truly appreciate the sacrifice they and their parents have made in helping keep Rush one of the best soccer clubs in the country. With their commitment to academics and athletics, we are confident of their success in college. To see more pictures from signing day 2010, please click here.
2010 RUSH Boy's Jersey has Been Selected
Working with our partners at Nike and Eurosport, Rush Soccer has selected the 2010 Boy's Uniform. To see pictures of the new kit and get more details, please click here.
Breaking New Ground with the Help of Gambia Rush
(From left:Baboucarr, Seedy, Abdoulie and Famara)
Foreign exchange is not a new program in itself, but partner clubs across the world helping one another certainly is. Rush Soccer is breaking new ground by expanding its borders worldwide. Colorado Rush is gaining because of it, as four talented players have relocated from Gambia to Colorado in the hopes of fulfilling their soccer dreams. “This is only the beginning,” said technical director Erik Bushey. “Already their impact has been felt from a cultural stand point. From an elite stand point, they are helping us develop players and we haven’t even played a match yet.” Famara Bojang, Seedy Bah, Abdoulie Jatta and Baboucarr Jammeh have all represented their county by playing on the U17 National Team and are now here playing with the Rush’s U.S. Development Academy teams for this season. Stay tuned for much more in the coming days and weeks on these fine young men and their experiences here with Colorado Rush.
Stanton Off to U15 National Camp
(Morgan (right) in action with the National Team)
Morgan Stanton who plays with the U15 Colorado Rush Nike team is heading to California for a week of training with the U15 National Team. Morgan does have some experience with the national team as she was part of the U14 Identification Camp last year and also spent some time with the U14 team. Before heading off to the Home Depot Center, Morgan took a few minutes to share her thoughts on the camp.
You are headed off to U15 national camp soon. How are you feeling heading into camp?
I’m really excited just because it’s a great experience but at the same time I’m nervous. I know at first I will be nervous but after the first practice I can open up and will get used to being around everyone. So I’m really excited just because the coaching staff is so good and the players are really good. I’m looking forward to learning a lot from the coaching staff and bring what I’ve learned home to the Rush and help my team get better.
How is this camp going to be different from when you were called in for the U14 ID program?
There is only one team this time instead of two. This year we will play against a college team from California and a boy’s team. So I think it is going to be a lot more serious than last time and I think they will be expecting more out of us. We are also doing a bunch of testing this time. There is a running test, a long ball test and a shooting/chipping test as well as a juggling test. I have been working with my coach (Wes Hart) on some of these tests so hopefully I will be ready and perform well under pressure.
What other kinds of training have you been doing in preparation?
I’ve been working hard to improve on the areas that they told me to work on last camp. I’ve been watching a lot of games on TV to see how the pros play and their technique and field recognition. I’ve also been playing a lot with older girls teams and against boys just to get the feel of playing against stronger players.
Watching all of these games on TV, you must have a favorite team and favorite player.
Yeah. Barcelona and Messi.
Is a week long camp harder physically or mentally?
I think it’s harder mentally because sometimes you won’t start a game and you might get a little down on yourself or if you are playing older, harder teams and you don’t play as well. This is basically a week long tryout so you are nervous and you want to do well. So when things don’t go your way you struggle mentally. Physically things aren’t too bad because they get us lots of rest and great trainers to take care of us but the mental side you have to work on by yourself.
Ask The Doc:
What is a strain and how long does it take to heal?
Dr. Douglas A. Foulk, from Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, provides the answershere.
Rush Continues International Expansion
The Rush started its international expansion with the creation of the Nkomazi Rush located approximately five hours east of Johannesburg. The Nkomazi Rush is currently registering 3,000 plus athletes classified in two age groups, the U14 boys and the U18 boys, with a few girls teams sprinkled in the mix. The area is packed with raw talent. The Nkomazi Rush will be provided with uniforms and other equipment for these players in August of 2010.
“Bien Venue” to our friends in France. This past Fall in November of 2009, the Rush announced its partnership with the miracle club AJ Auxerre of the French First Division. The goal is to create a long lasting partnership to establish coaching exchanges, formation of select teams for tournament participation, player development, brand awareness for both parties and most important, to find that one special player that can break into the AJ Auxerre first team.
To ring in the new year, we opened up a new club in Africa; Ghana Rush. This community is thriving with raw talent. One of these players will be brought to our previously mention European partner AJ Auxerre for a tryout.
Togo Rush was created in February of 2010, similar to the Ghana Rush, rich in talent and needy of resources.
Our latest two clubs, the Gambian Rush and the Senegal Rush will be directed by Omar Sise. These two countries are not unfamiliar in creating talent. Both countries have players playing in most of the top leagues in the world.
Above: January 2010. Over 300 players attend tryout for the Senegal Rush.
Four Gambian players are playing on the Colorado Rush U18 and U16 boys USDA team. All of these players were on the team that won the African Nations Cup!
(Above: Gambian players (L to R: Seedy, Abdoulie, Famara, Baboucarr) arrive in Denver to roster with our Developmental Academy teams. First time in snow while playing soccer tennis!)
What is the Rush up to and why would we do this? Many reasons:
1) This a good thing to do. We have the resources and they certainly have the need. The R.E.A.C.H. Program (Rush Equipment Assisting Children) will be launching an unprecedented collection of used uniforms to ship to our sister clubs previously mentioned.
2) The Rush Brand will be spread internationally.
3) Perhaps, no we will, stimulate their respective community by signing a young talent to a U.S. or European based club. Most youth clubs that produce young talents receive financial benefits for their development of these young talents.
4) Bring young players to America for opportunities they do not receive in their respective countries, i.e. college education.We are the Rush, we are, we are, we are the Rush!
Foxhoven Number 13 on Top 100 List
Colorado's Zack Foxhoven is ranked number 13 in the latest Top 100 list from TopDrawerSoccer.com. To see the rest of the top 100, including Colorado's Cole Chapleski, click here.
Rush Girl's Win ODP Region IV Championship
RUSH’s Heather Ward, Mary Schwappach, Maddie Kiebel, Lindsey Horan, Bri Campos, and Kelly McGrath (not pictured), represented the 1993 Colorado ODP team which was recently crowned Champions at the 2010 US Youth Soccer RIV ODP Championships in Phoenix Arizona. After successful pool play, the team defeated Washington’s ODP team 2-0 in the semi-finals. The final was a decisive 3-0 win over Southern California’s ODP team. Lindsey Horan was named to the 1993 All-Tournament team. This is one of the few times a Colorado girl’s ODP team has won the Region IV Championship. Mary Schwappach felt the winning tradition at RUSH helped these girls lead the ODP team to this Region IV Championship.
Rush Employee Named 7 Everyday Hero
Donna Pettigrew, Event Coordinator for the Colorado Rush was recently named as the ‘7 Everyday Hero’ for ABC Channel 7 in Denver. Donna has been working with the Rush since 2003 organizing local banquets like the Rush Awards Banquet and World Cup Wines fundraiser as well as taking the REACH (Rush Equipment Assisting Children) program to a national level. But Donna also helps put on an event for pampering deserving women in Denver at Warren Village where she has been a volunteer for nearly 16 years!
“Donna is invaluable to our team. She leads with her heart and does amazing work,” commented Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushéy.
We are proud to have such a dedicated member of the community working for our club. Great work Donna and congratulations on your award!
Please click here to see the 7 News feature on Donna.
Two Rush Stars Off to France (Updated 01.27)
(Paolo and Jeb in France in front of a 900 year old church!)
As hopefully all are aware, Colorado Rush has become partners with AJ Auxerre of the French first division. Part of our partnership is player exchange. Two of Rush's elite players are taking advantage of this partnership by participating in a 10 day training opportunity at Auxerre.
Jeb Brovsky (currently at Notre Dame) and Paolo DelPiccolo (currently at Louisville) are in France right now training in the every day soccer crazed environment that Europe provides. Following is a blog that both young men agreed to submit so those of us back in Colorado can learn of their experiences. Please enjoy and visit throughout the next week or two to view
updates! Click here to read the boy's blog.
U11 Girls Bring Home Gold at 3v3 World Championships
For the second consecutive year, the Lima Beans (6 members of GU11 CO Rush) reached the Finals of the Gold Division at the 3v3 World Championships held in Orlando, FL. After a second place finish last year, the Lima Beans were not going to be denied again this year. They defeated a talented team from Chicago 3-0 to capture their first World Championship!
The Lima Beans played 8 games in 3 days and scored a total of 43 goals and conceded only 6. They won their semi-final 4-1 vs. another strong team out of Chicago.
Members of the Lima Beans are Caleigh Michael, Amanda Porter, Hailee Lansville, Molly Ballinger, Tess Boade, and Katelynn Barthel. The Lima Beans are coached by Stacey Michael.
Way to go girls! Rush is proud of you!!!
Foxhoven NSCAA/Adidas Youth All American
Zack Foxhoven was recently named to the 2009 NSCAA/Adidas Youth All America Team announced Friday. Zack was the only representative from Colorado on both the Boy's and Girl's side. To view the entire All America list, please click here.
Horan and Kunz Called In For the 17's
Lindsey and Annie
Two Rush players have been invited to Florida to play with the U17 Women’s National Team at the end of January.
Lindsey Horan, no stranger to being called in to National Team duty, will be playing up a year with the 17’s. “We are of course ecstatic about both players being called in to the 17’s, especially with the World Cup on the horizon. It comes down to performance. Clearly Lindsey has proven herself, not only at the club level, but on the national team level, being moved up from the U15 National Team to the U17 National Team," said Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushéy.
Annie Kunz of the U17 Nike team has also been invited to play with the 17’s. This is the first time that Annie has been called in to play with a youth national team. "For Annie, I think it is another great story of a Rush player who has quietly come on to the national scene through her hard work every day and consistent play at the various events we attend. Both players are deserved of this recognition and I know both will represent Rush well, both on and off the field.” said Bushéy.
Annie and Lindsey will be in Florida January 27-February 6. While in Florida, the 17’s will play three games against the U17 National Team from Germany. These players are all eligible to be added to the roster for the U17 World Cup in September.
For the complete list of players on the 17's roster click here.
Jordan Angeli Selected #16 in WPS Draft
Rush and Santa Clara stand out, Angeli, joins Warner and Cardenas as Rush’s newest professional soccer players. One day following the MLS draft, the WPS draft was held Friday morning. With the 16th overall pick, the Boston Breakers selected Jordan. She will join fellow Rush player, Erika Sutton, on the Breakers squad. Congratulations to Jordan!
Rush Players Drafted Into the MLS!!
(Cardenas and Warner)
Both Collen Warner and Nick Cardenas, who participated in last weekends MLS Combine, were drafted today during the MLS Super Draft. Collen was selected in the 1st round and the 15th pick overall and will be playing for Real Salt Lake. Nick was the 36th overall selection by the K.C. Wizards. To view all the team selections, please click here.
Rush Players Selected For 96 Region IV Pool
Betsy Brandon and Becca Rasmussen
Rush’s Betsy Brandon (GU13 Nike) and Becca Rasmussen (GU14 Nike) were amongst the 72 players called into the 96 Region IV Christmas Training Camp held Dec 28-31 in Morgan Hill, CA. They were selected for this camp based on their play at Region IV ODP Camp held in Moscow, Idaho last July. Despite the cold and the rain, Betsy and Becca impressed the coaching staff and were both selected to be a part of the 1996 Region IV Pool. Congratulations Betsy and Becca. Rush is proud of you!!!
Warner Shines in Dreary Conditions as MLS Combine Begins
Nick Cardenas and Collen Warner
It would seem the weather had not cooperated in what is supposed to be the Sunshine State. Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the site for the MLS combine and so far it has been wet and cold, but amongst the drizzle, Rush player Collen Warner has shined brightly. Both Collen and Nick (Cardenas) are hopeful that both their play as well as the weather is impressive and enjoyed by all, especially the on-looking MLS scouts. Visit the following links to see a video of Nick prior to departure for the combine and an updated list of those players who performed at a high level on day one, including Warner!
To view Nick's video diary please click here.
To see the list of top performers at the combine so far, click here.
Rush Players at MLS Combine
Nick Cardenas Collen Warner
Two Rush players will be taking part in the annual adidas MLS Player Combine being held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Collen Warner (Univ. of Portland) and Nick Cardenas (San Diego State) are two of 75 players competing to be drafted by an MLS team. Collen will be playing for Team Jabulani and Nick for Team F50i at the combine. We wish both Collen and Nick the best of luck and look forward to them getting drafted. To view all the players for the combine and the game schedule, please click here.
Rush Soccer Has A New Partner
Rush Soccer is very excited to announce that we have partnered with a club in Ghana in western Africa! The Ghana Rush Soccer Club joins the Nkomazi Rush in South Africa as the second Rush club in Africa. Though a rather small club in membership (~40 players), Rush can expect big things from our newest partner. Welcome Ghana Rush. To read more details about the Ghana Rush, please click here.