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News Archive 2009

Congratulations to the Shooting Stars!

Colorado Rush U8 Shooting Stars went undefeated to win the Holiday in the Bubble Tournament December 26-27th.  During their first three games they played, they only allowed 2 goals against them.  In the Championship Round, they met up with Real's Colorado Soccer Super Girls who were also undefeated.  The Rush Shooting Stars had some "sweet moves" and won 3-0 to capture the 4v4 Championship.  Excellent coaching and encouragment from coaches Dan Stanton and John Baca were instrumental in this victory.

Alumni Week Concludes

Stephen Keel could not make the four-peat happen and David Wagenfuhr could not find his first trophy. In the end, the Hayley Marsh/Zander Dietz duo proved to be too much. It was these two who combined for the golden goal winner in the Alumni Week Finale. On behalf of the Colorado Rush Staff, thank you very much to the 80 plus players who showed up over the four day event. It is you who have helped create the best club in the country. It is you who have laid the ground work for the next set of college and professional soccer players to come through the Colorado Rush system.  This Alumni Week has produced some very nice soccer, but more than that, it has been a bright and shining example of the quality people who have helped develop this club. Thank you again.  And stay tuned for what’s next!
Day Three Alumni Week Update

Once again, over 40 players participated in Alumni Week matches. With one day remaining, Stephen Keel has worked the trifecta, winning all three days of competition. He’ll go for the four-peat on Tuesday when Alumni Week concludes. New faces continue to come out, including Jeb Brovsky (Notre Dame) who is using Alumni Week as a bit of his off season preparation for Auxerre. Brovsky is off to France in January to train with the storied French club (and Rush partner). Coach Hart was back on track (riding Keel’s coat tails) winning his second trophy of the week.
Day Two of Alumni Week

Team Trembly (pictured) a.k.a Real Salt Lake Wannabees, took the title for day two after going “oh-for” all throughout bracket play and backing their way into the playoffs.  After two days and over 5 hours of soccer, 50 plus players have been represented at Denver Sports Center. Some excellent soccer has been played with some wonderful players competing. Evidence (as pictured) is Coach Hart, one day removed from being a champion, was actually relegated to the bench. With the number of games played today, human score boards were needed, so thanks to Jordi and Britt (also pictured)! Even a visit from Crazy Santa was made today (no photo, tough to catch Santa in a photo!), complete with candy cane hand outs! What will happen next? Stay tuned for Sunday afternoon’s high lights. Did we mention Mikey P’s play of the day yesterday? Nut megs were afoot yesterday…right Lucas?
DelPiccolo Recognized by Soccer America

After an influential freshmen year at Louisville, Paolo has been named to the Soccer America All Freshmen Second Team. Congratulations to Paolo. To view the teams, please click here.
Alumni Week Kicks Off

Day one of Alumni Week was attended by over 30 players. Two hours of soccer were played today at the Denver Sports Center. A special thank you to Jami Kummer for opening her doors early for the festivities. Top college players from across the country and former college players covered the field. Adding to the quality was a number of former and current pros. Sara Wagenfuhr (St. Louis) and Erika Sutton (Boston) of the WPS were both in attendance along with Steven Keel (Portland Timbers) and Todd Dunivant (LA Galaxy). Beyond our own staff members who have long since (well, not too long!) retired from the game, David Wagenfuhr of FC Dallas also joined in. Many more players are expected as the week continues. Today, Team Hart earned the title of champion! Alumni Week continues on Friday.
More Honors for Angeli and Foxhoven

(Angeli)                    (Foxhoven)
The awards keep coming for Jordan and Danielle. Jordan, a senior for Santa Clara and Danielle, a sophomore for Portland, have been named to Soccer America MVP’s Second Team. To view the first and second team, please click here.

Auxerre tie Lorient; Sit in 5th 
After a two game losing streak, AJ Auxerre managed to get a point in a 0-0 draw at Lorient. The tie keeps Auxerre (27 points) one point ahead of Lorient in the standings and in 5th place in the league, just ahead of a slew of teams with 26 points.

Both teams had several quality scoring chances throughout the game but both goal keepers came up big when called upon to keep the game scoreless.

Auxerre will return to action against Valenciennes Tuesday, December 15th for a rare weekday game. The midweek matchup will have great importance as Valenciennes (26 points) sits just one point behind AJA.
Angeli and Foxhoven All-Region

(Jordan Angeli)          (Danielle Foxhoven)
Jordan Angeli (Santa Clara) and Danielle Foxhoven have been named to the NSCAA All-West Region First Team after an impressive fall season. To view the entire list, please click here.
Rush Players Invited to MLS Combine

(Collen Warner)                             (Nick Cardenas)
Major League Soccer announced the initial list of 62 college seniors who have been invited to participate in the 2010 adidas MLS Player Combine. The annual player combine will be held at Central Broward Regional Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Jan. 8-12, 2010. The 2010 MLS SuperDraft will be held on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 in Philadelphia. For more on the Combine and draft click here

Rush’s Collen Warner (University of Portland) and Nick Cardenas (San Diego State University) are on this list. Warner led his team to the third round of the NCAA Tournament this year, where they were knocked out by Virginia. Warner landed himself on the All-West Coast Conference First Team for the third consecutive year. He led the West Coast Conference in points (25, 9 goals, 7 assists). Warner finishes his career at UP with 20 goals and 20 assists in 79 games.

“There will be lot of good players at the combine and there will be some pressure to perform,” said Warner. “Everybody will be watching and critiquing, so I definitely want to do my best. I’m just thrilled for this opportunity.”

As a Center Back for the Aztecs, Nick Cardenas tied for third on the team in points (9, 4 goals, 1 assist). Cardenas was selected to the All-Pac-10 First Team. He is a 3-time NSCAA All-Farwest Region pick and was the 2006 Pac-10 Freshman of the year.

Rush Technical Director, Erik Bushéy said, “both Warner and Big Nick bring their own brand of special qualities to the field.  They are both big time players who have the potential to be big time pros. I’m proud of them for their performances and successes during their college career and believe they will represent themselves and Rush Soccer in a very bright light during the combine (and after).”

Nick and Collen were teammates at Rush and won several State Cup titles together. As U18’s, they lost in the Regional final in a pk shootout. We anticipate both players to be back for Rush Alumni week Dec 17-23.

Colorado Rush would like to congratulate both of these players for their selection to the MLS Combine and wish them well as they take the next step in their soccer careers.
Colorado Rush Teams on Top of ECNL 

GU15 Nike after their 2-1 victory over D'Feeters (TX)
After the first two ECNL events, the GU15 Nike and GU16 Nike teams sit on top of their respective divisions in the inaugural Elite Clubs National League.

The GU15 Rush Nike team went 1-1-1 at the Final IV Showcase held in College Station, TX in conjunction with the Women’s College Cup. In their opener, Rush lost 3-1 to Mustang, the USYS National Champion. In the second game, Rush tied Concorde Fire 0-0. In the final game of the event, Rush beat the D’Feeters (TX) 2-1 in rainy, muddy conditions. Morgan Stanton netted the game winner with 10 minutes remaining off a rebound from Tommi Goodman’s shot. Stanton scored all three Rush goals on the weekend. The GU15 Rush currently has 13 points with three games remaining. 

The GU16 Rush Nike team went 1-2 at the Final IV Showcase. In their first game, they lost to Crossfire out of Washington 2-1, despite leading 1-0. In the second game, Rush defeated CASL 1-0. Lindsay Horan scored the game-winner off a header in the first half. In their final game, they were defeated by Mustang. The GU16 Rush currently has 12 points with three games remaining.

The GU17 Rush Nike team finished the weekend with 1 tie and 2 losses. Annie Kunz scored three goals for the Rush on the weekend.

The next ECNL event for the Rush girls will be the Las Vegas College Showcase March 12-14. All ECNL teams will go to Seattle in July for the final event of the season, but in order to compete for the ECNL title, teams must finish in the top 4 of their division.

For more information and complete standings, please click here.

Click here for Lindsay Horan’s Top Drawer Soccer interview.
ODP Interregional Update
Colorado Rush’s Oscar Montes played for the 1995 Region IV Team in the 2009 US Youth Soccer ODP Interregional Tournament held in Orlando, FL over Thanksgiving week. After scoring two goals and assisting on another in Region IV’s final match of the week, Oscar Montes was named to the 1995 ODP Interregional All-Star Team. Montes’ cross to Jose Ocampo in the 4th minute opened the scoring for Region IV vs Region III. Montes was the star of the second half scoring twice. In the 40th minute, Montes scored on a penalty kick into the lower right corner under a diving keeper. Montes scored again in the 53rd minute. Region IV won the game 4-0.

On the female side, Colorado Rush had three players that competed in the US Youth Soccer ODP Interregional Tournament, held in Orlando FL. Maddie Kiebel (GU16 Nike) played for the 1994 Region IV girls. Havana McElvaine (GU15 Nike) played for the 1995 Region IV girls and assisted on the opening goal in their 3-1 victory over Region I. Lindsay Horan (GU16 Nike) played for the U15 US National Team. An injury kept Morgan Stanton (GU15 Nike) from competing for the 1995 Region IV girls.
Foxhoven Earns All-America Honors

For her outstanding play this season, Danielle has been named to the 2009 NSCAA Division I All American Second Team. To view the entire list, please click here.
Rush Boys Finish Academy Showcase Undefeated

('91 Academy Team)                                       ('93 Academy Team)
On a cold and rainy morning on their last day in Phoenix, both academy teams won 2-1 on Monday against Pateadores of Southern California. Jonathan Sawyer and Oscar Montes were on target for the 93's and Gustavo Hidalgo and Justin Miller tallied for the 91's. The Rush Boys finished the weekend with a record of 5-0-1 and will resume academy play in February. Stay tuned for more on these fine young men.

Auxerre Drop Second Straight
After a run of 10 straight games without a loss, AJ Auxerre have lost their last two games and now sit in 5th place in the French top flight. Auxerre fell to AS Nancy Lorraine on Sunday 3-1. AJA have struggled offensively the last two games without their top goal scorer Ireneusz Jelen.

On Sunday, Nancy Lorraine scored in the 25th minute and AJA tied things up 10 minutes later when Valter Birsa bent a free kick around the Lorraine keeper. Lorraine would score again shortly into the second half and added an insurance goal late to hold on for the win.

Auxerre will look to get back on track when they take on Lorient on December 12. Lorient (25 points) currently sits just one point back of Auxerre (26 points).
Rush Players Win National Championships!!
Emmalie Pfankuch (University of North Carolina), Thomas Hoang and Nick Shipley (both from Ft. Lewis) each captured National Championships this past weekend. Pfanny and UNC won their second straight NCAA D-I women’s title and record 21st overall by beating Stanford 1-0. Thomas and Nick helped lead Ft. Lewis to their second NCAA D-II men’s national championship in school history by beating Lees-McRae 1-0 in Tampa, Fl. Congratulations Pfanny, Thomas and Nick!! To read more on UNC’s record win, please click here. For more information on Ft. Lewis’ win, please click here.

Pfankuch                             Shipley                                    Hoang
Rush Academy Remains Undefeated After Day Two

(91 Academy Team)
The Rush Boys played Albertson of Long Island, NY today. The U16 Boys drew 0-0 and the U18 Boys won 3-2 with all five goals coming in the second half. Cole Chapleski, Garrett Seitz and Reid Hukari tallied for the 18's. Sunday is a day off with both teams facing Pateadores on Monday before returning home to Colorado
Rush Academy at Winter Showcase in Phoenix, AZ

('93 Academy Team)                                               ('91 Academy Team)
Two wins was a great way to start off the 2009-2010 campaign.  Colorado Rush’s Academy Boys started off the first of their first three games of the year/showcase with each team (93’s and 91’s – U16 and U18 respectively) scoring a 2-0 win over AFC Lightning out of Atlanta. Logan Bailey and Akio Ohtake-Gordon each tallied for the 93’s and Kenny Tribbet headed home not one, but two goals, both assisted by Benny Glass. Each team plays Albertson (NY) on Saturday.
The newest Sports Medicine Supplement newsletter is now available for viewing on the Colorado Rush webpage under the Sports Medicine Injury Care page.  The latest issue topic is growth plate injuries.
Foxhoven Finalist for Player of the Year

After leading the nation in points per game (2.86) Danielle has been named as a finalist for the Herman Trophy Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate player. To view the entire list of finalists, please click here.

Kiebel Reflects on Thanksgiving ODP Event

Maddie Kiebel who plays with the U16 Colorado Rush Nike team recently partook in the ODP Inter-Regional tournament in Florida over Thanksgiving. The event was Maddie’s first as part of the Region IV ODP team.

“It was a good week. It wasn’t as hard physically as I had anticipated because we had some days off between games. On the field it was very competitive. Some of the best players in the country are out there so you have to step it up to play with the best,” Maddie said of the week.

While in Florida the Region IV team had two training sessions to get some time together on the field prior to playing games.

A quality Region IV team beat Region I 3-0 to open the week then matched that score against Region III in the second game. In the last match of the week, Maddie and Region IV dropped a tough game to Region II 2-0. Despite the set back in the third game, Maddie felt she had a good week saying, “I think my game held up well with everyone. The competitive level of my team in Colorado helped me to get ready for this level of play.”

Maddie will be back in action this weekend when the Colorado 16’s head to the ECNL Final Four Showcase in College Station, Texas. The 16’s are currently 3-0 in the ECNL  “A” bracket having already beat Eclipse Select (IL), Birmingham United (AL), and St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO). This weekend they will take on Crossfire Premier (WA), CASL Spartan Elite (NC) and Mustang Fury (CA).
Auxerre Fall to PSG, Streak Ends At Seven

A second-half goal by Jeremy Clement was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Paris Saint-Germain over AJ Auxerre on Saturday. The loss was the first for Auxerre since late August when they lost to Lyon 3-0.

Clement scored in the 67th minute when he headed in a cross from Ceara for the only goal of the game. Auxerre thought they had a chance to equalize just moments later when Roy Contout was brought down by PSG defender Mamadou Sakho, but the referee ruled the foul took place outside the box.

Despite the loss, Auxerre will sit atop Ligue 1 but several teams chasing Auxerre have a game left to play over the weekend.

Auxerre will return home on December 6 to take on AS Nancy Lorraine.

Conor Casey Interview

Perhaps the most notable alumnus of Colorado Rush, Conor Casey, has had a career year in many aspects with his success with the Colorado Rapids and the US National Team. Conor’s Rapids suffered another disappointing season, but Conor certainly did all he could as he led the country for most of the year and finished one goal back of the MLS’s top scorer this season despite playing several less games due to national team responsibilities.  And with those responsibilities, Conor played a key role in securing the USA’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup.  Our own Adam Logan was able to sit down with Conor and get his thoughts on a few different important topics.  Click here to read the interview.

Rush Players Advance to Next Rounds
Several Rush players enjoyed success on the field this past weekend advancing further into the NCAA Tournament, including trips to their division’s final four.
Division I Women (quarter-finals):
Danielle Foxhoven (Portland) vs. UCLA
Emmalie Pfankuch (UNC) vs. Wake Forest
Division II Women (Final Four):
Molly Harpster (St. Rose) vs. Grand Valley State
Division I Men (third round):
Evan Morgan (Stanford) vs. Akron
Joe Eubanks (UCSB) vs. UCLA
Jaren LaGreca (Harvard) vs. Maryland
Collen Warner (Portland) vs. Virginia
Division II Men (Final Four):
Thomas Hoang (Fort Lewis) vs. LeMoyne
Nick Shipley (Fort Lewis) vs. LeMoyne

AJ Auxerre top Monaco; Sit in 1st
With a big 2-0 win over AS Monaco on Saturday, new Rush partner, AJ Auxerre sit atop French Football.

After an average start to the season, Auxerre have found their form of late winning seven straight and extending their unbeaten streak to 10 games. The French frontrunners have not lost a league match since late August. Their 26 league points give them the edge over Bordeaux (25) and Lyon (25) after 13 games.

Against Monaco (Rush Soccer’s former partner), Auxerre were led by goals late in each half by Adama Coulibaly and Delvin Ndinga. Coulibaly’s goal in the 45th minute started with a free kick by Benoit Pedretti who sent a pin-point ball into the box where Coulibaly rose above the Monaco defense and headed the ball past keeper Stephane Ruffier.

Despite some second half pressure from Monaco, the Auxerre defense held firm and Ndinga’s goal in the 87th minute ended any hope for Monaco to walk away with a point.

Auxerre will next head to Paris to take on Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday November 28th. 

Warner Lifts Short Handed Pilots to Opening Round Win

Playing on the road, a man down and trailing with 6 minutes to go in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Rush player Collen Warner propels Portland into the second round by scoring two goals. The tying goal came in the 84 minute and his game winner came in overtime. The Pilots advance to the second round where they will have to travel again. They head to N.C. State for a match to be played on Sunday, November 22nd at 11 am MST. To read more on the game, please click here.

Brovsky Scores Game Winner for Notre Dame

Jeb’s goal in the 67th minute put Notre Dame up 2-0 and the Irish held on for a 2-1 win. Jeb and the Irish head into the second round to face Northwestern. This is a rematch of last year’s second round matchup in which Northwestern beat Notre Dame 2-1. To read more on the game, please click here.

Cole Chapleski Player of the Year

Congratulations are due to Cole Chapleski, member of Colorado Rush’s U18 Development Academy team, as he was named Colorado 4A Player of the Year for his outstanding performance over the course of this year at Broomfield High School.

D-I Men’s Field Is Set!!
The field for the Men’s 2009 National Championship Tournament has been announced. Out of the field of 48, Rush represents 9 schools vying for the title!! Those schools are Stanford, Notre Dame, Louisville, San Diego, UCSB, UNC Charlotte, Harvard, St. Mary’s and Portland. Follow all the action live by clicking here.

Hoang Sends #1 Fort Lewis into Quarter-finals
Thomas scored what proved to be the game winner in the 56th minute, as #1 Ft. Lewis beat West Texas A&M to advance to the NCAA D-II Men’s quarter-finals. Hoang and Rush teammate Nick Shipley move on to play CSU Dominguez Hills (CA). To read more on their win, please click here.

Division I Men’s Selection Show Monday Night
The field to compete for the D-I men’s championship will be announced Monday, November 16th at 3:30 pm on ESPNews.
The Quest for Championships Continues
After the first weekend of the college championship tournament, several Rush players have advanced to the next round. For D-I women, Jordan Angeli and Santa Clara will take on top seed Stanford; Danielle Foxhoven and Portland take on Virginia Tech; Emmalie Pfankuch and UNC will play Maryland. In the D-II women’s bracket, Ashley Munchiado and Metro State play Colorado Mines and Molly Harpster and the College of St. Rose play Franklin Pierce University. In the D-III men’s bracket, Brian Sherpe and Cameron Bushey of Whitworth play Hardin-Simmons. All matches take place the weekend on November 20th.
Sherpe and Bushey Land All-Conference Honors
Brian Sherpe and Cameron Bushey earned second team All-Northwest Conference recognition for their outstanding play this season for Whitworth University. To read more on their accomplishment, please click here.

DU Men Defeat Air Force and Advance to Conference Semi
DU Men will fact New Mexico at 7:30pm tonight at Pioneer Soccer Stadium. Click here for more.

Brovsky, DelPiccolo Pick Up Awards
The Big East Conference handed out it yearly awards and two Rush players were honored. Jeb earned a spot on the All-Big East Third Team while Paolo garnered All-Rookie honors. To view the whole team, please click here.

Foxhoven Earns Top Drawer Soccer Honors
After earning All-WCC First team honors, Danielle was recently named to the Top Drawer Soccer 2009 Women’s College Soccer Team of the Season. To read the entire article, please click here.

Angeli and Foxhoven Earn Conference Recognition
For their outstanding play this season Jordan and Danielle were awarded All-WCC honors. Jordon was recognized as the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. It is the first time since 2004 that a player from Santa Clara won the award. After leading the conference in points (51), points per game (2.83), goals (21), goals per game (1.17) and game winning goals (6), Danielle earned a spot on the All-WCC First Team. To view the entire team, please click here.

Follow Rush in the NCAA Tournament
The D-I Women’s tournament field along with the D-II Men’s and Women’s fields have been announced. The Men’s D-I field will be announced Monday, November 16th. Follow all the action live by clicking here:
Women’s D-I
Women’s D-II
Men’s D-II

Denver University Men Hosting Conference Playoffs
The newly renovated home field and stadium on the DU campus will be the host for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference tournament.  The DU Men play Thursday night at 7pm against Air Force. Please click here for more information.

Brovsky, DelPiccolo to Meet in Big East Semi-Final
Rush standouts Jeb Brovsky and Paolo DelPiccolo will meet in a Big East Conference Semi-final showdown Friday, November 13th as Notre Dame takes on top seed Louisville. The game will be aired live on CBS C at 3:30 pm.

Rush Teammates Meet for Conference Title

(above: Hickerson, left; Foxhoven, right)
Teammates on a Rush National Championship team, Brooke Hickerson and Danielle Foxhoven will meet on opposite sides of the field tonight as San Diego and Portland play for the West Coast Conference championship. The game can be seen live on ESPNU Friday, November 6th at 9:00 pm

Collins Named to All Conference Team 

Amanda Collins has been honored for her outstanding play this season by being named to the All-Mountain West Conference Second Team. To read more on the honor, please click here

Brovsky Provides Game Winning Assist 

Jeb Brovsky continues his good run of form as he became provider for the Irish with the Golden Goal assist against fifth ranked University of Connecticut.  Norte Dame head coach Bobby Clark said, "It was a great pass by Jeb Brovsky.  He played a beautiful little feed pass into Dike. We needed that one.”  Please click here to read more.  

Morgan and Stanford Edge Past Oregon State

Senior Evan Morgan found the back of the net for the fourth time this season to open the scoring for the Cardinals on their way to a 3-2 win in Corvallis. Click here to read more.

Reza PAC-10 Player of the Week

After leading SDSU to a pair of conference road wins last weekend, Raymundo was named the PAC-10 Player of the Week for the week of October 27th. To read more on the story, please click here.

Foxhoven Earns Academic Honors

Along with her outstanding play on the field, Danielle has been honored for her outstanding performance in the classroom. Danielle was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Team. As a first team selection, Danielle is now eligible for Academic All-America consideration. To read more on the story, please click here.

To read the exclusive NCAA interview, “The Pilots’ Ace”, with Danielle, please click here

DelPiccolo’s Assist Leads to First Goal, Rout and Title

Paolo’s assist in the 9th minute proved to be the game winning assist as Louisville routs Villanova 5-0 to clinch the Big East Red Division Title. To read more on the game, please click here.

Rush Captures Two State Titles
UPDATED on 10/29/09: Please see the below links to view video highlights of each game
On a cold, windy day in Ft Collins, the Colorado Rush captured two state titles (GU16 and GU 17) and finished as runners’ up in another (GU15).

The U15 girl’s final was the first game of the day. In a rematch of last year’s Cup Final which Rush won convincingly, the Nike Girls lost 0-1 to Real National. Rush had the wind at their back in the first half and much of the play in Real’s end, but failed to create many quality scoring opportunities. The best chance Rush had in the first half came from a low cross cut back to Havana McElvaine. Her one time shot from 10 yards out went agonizingly just wide. Real scored the lone goal of the game midway through the first half on a shot from distance that found its way across the goal line. Rush did not create a ton of dangerous chances in the second half, but did have a golden opportunity late in the game. With 5 minutes left, after some wonderful work and commitment to get players forward and in front of goal, a great chance was created but the shot from close range sailed just over the goal.  Please click here to watch video highlights of this game.  

(above, GU16 Nike after their win)
The GU16 Nike team defeated Real National 2-0, on their way to their 4th consecutive state title. Rush dominated play from the opening whistle. They controlled possession most of the first half and created a number of quality scoring opportunities.  The first good scoring chance came from a well struck volley from Jessica Clanton that was saved by the Real goal keeper. Midway through the first half, Lindsay Horan turned her defender in the corner, cut inside, and hit a shot headed right for the upper corner of the goal. The Real goal keeper made a brilliant diving save to keep the game tied at zeros. Moments later, Horan found herself behind the Real defense and 1v1 with the Real goal keeper. She calmly slotted the ball into the lower right hand corner of the net to give Rush a 1-0 half time lead. The second half saw Rush defend a bit more than they had the first half, but never really gave Real any dangerous scoring chances. With about fifteen minutes left to play, Horan beat 3 Real defenders before being tripped up in the penalty box. Lindsay took the ensuing penalty kick and buried it in the lower left hand side of the goal. Please click here to watch video highlights of this game.  

(above, GU17 Nike after their win)
The 17 Nike Girls entered their state title match for the first time as defending champions. These girls have suffered through injury all season long with the most recent of injuries coming just three days prior to the final. But it would take more than an injury report, a cold and windy day, and a fired up opponent to stop the Nike girls on this day. The Rush were against the wind in the first half but only coneded a couple half chances to Pride (same opponent the Rush girls beat 2-1 in last year's final). It was against the wind though when Pride struck first to take a 1-0 lead. A short time later, Kelsey Loupee answered from a corner kick by Abby Rolf which was redirected by Hayley Stading. When Pride went ahead 2-1, no heads hung low, rather, the Rush girls answered again.  Maddie Yoswa drove a rocket corner kick in and Kaitlyn Bassett headed home the all important equalizer. 2-2. When Juliana Grover finished a cross swung in by Yoswa (for her second assist) after some great work by Kelly McGrath, the Rush Girls were rolling. And with a moment of absolute class, power and precision, Annie Kunz sealed the deal with a left footed bomb from 25 yards out. 4-2! The Rush Girls passed every test thrown at them, including the test of character. This was a wonderful win for the back to back state champions.  Please click here to watch video highlights of this game.

Congratulations to all three teams for their successes this year in state cup. 

AJ Auxerre/Rush Soccer Press Conference

(above: Tim Schulz, President and C.E.O. of Rush Soccer (center) with Alain Dujon, President (left) and Jean-Claude Hamel, former President (right) of AJ Auxerre show their excitement after exchanging team jerseys)
On October 17th, a press conference was held to officially announce the partnership between French League 1 club AJ Auxerre and Rush Soccer.  We invite you to read the press release to become more familiar with the partnership.  To view the details of the press release first click here then carefully follow these directions once the web page has displayed: click ‘Go directly to Official Website’ in the top center of the page; hold cursor over ‘Season’ on the far left side of the page then click on ‘News;’ scroll down the page to ‘17/10/2009 The AJA sign a partnership with Rush (USA)’ and click ‘Read Article.’

Rush Soccer Seal Agreement with French Club AJ Auxerre
We are excited to announce the finalization of a partnership between Rush and Auxerre.  Auxerre is world renown for developing players and has long been a storied fixture in Ligue 1 France’s top division. Our President, Tim Schulz, is in France as this is being written participating in a nationwide press conference in conjunction with the Ligue 1 match Auxerre vs Bordeaux. The partnership is more than player, coach and intellectual property exchange.  Rush is aiming to develop players who can join in the Auxerre system and their first team in particular.  Auxerre has seen the potential of Rush Soccer and is hopeful to utilize our resources for the benefit of their (our) first team!  Please click here to see our national press release.

Panorama Tip of the Month

Contusions are second only to strains as a leading cause of sports injuries. Most contusions are minor and heal quickly without the athlete needing to be removed from the game. But, severe contusions can cause deep tissue damage and can lead to complications and/or keep the athlete out of sports for months.  Click here to read more about routine treatment and complications in the  Panorama Tip of the Month.

Loupee, Poletto in Nation’s Top 100
Kelsey Loupee (#47) and Molly Poletto (#100) were recognized by Top Drawer Soccer as two of the top 100 players for the class of 2011. Congratulations Kelsey and Molly. To view the entire list, please click here.


(above: Coach Tony, left)
Tony Bearden began coaching the Dolphins, a girl’s developmental team in 2005.  The majority of this original team still plays together on an U10 Option One team.  These girls remain together and love soccer because of Coach Tony.  Coach Tony spent countless hours studying the game to teach his girls because he loved coaching.  Coach Tony spent his personal and professional life striving to help others have the best lives they could.  Coach Tony spent his time with these girls always laughing, smiling and encouraging them.  He taught these girls not only soccer, but also teamwork, self confidence and a love of team athletics.  Coach Tony passed away on September 30, 2009 survived by his wife Kim, his daughter Kaitlyn and the Dolphins who will dearly miss him.  They will always play soccer in his honor.  

Feel free to contribute to The Tony Bearden Fund through First Bank.

U12 Nike Girls Race for the Cure

On October 6, 2009, the U12 Nike Girls had no game while older teams played in the State Cup tournament.  The Nike Girls didn't take the day off, but took a chance to do something good.  A group of them, along with their moms and sisters formed a team and ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K race to raise money to fight breast cancer.

They put on pink t-shirts with a big blue Colorado Rush logo that read "Nike Girls For The Cure" and lined up in two groups at 6:30 a.m.  Some walked and some ran, even with some of those running posting decent times.  But more important than the times was the money raised to fight breast cancer.  In addition to the team's registrations, a couple members of the team were able to raise several hundred dollars to fight breast cancer.

The highlight of the race was crossing the finish line knowing that you had accomplished a successful race and that you did it for a great cause AND DOING IT IN A RUSH UNIFORM.  One Nike Girl's little sister said the highlight was loading bags up with swag (stuff we all get).

Hopefully, this is the beginning of a Rush tradition and we can show up in more numbers next year and show that The Rush cares.


Hello Rush membership, I would like take a moment to briefly introduce the REACH program, a Rush program that I am very passionate about. REACH (Rush Equipment Assisting Children) is designed to share love and compassion with marginalized youth in third world countries by providing youth soccer clubs, schools, and villages with soccer uniforms and equipment.  Furthermore, REACH strives to be advocates of community development by enriching the lives of youth through service, soccer, and education.  Please click here to read the full letter from Tim Schulz. 

Rush Headed to 2010 World Cup!

AND SO IS THE UNITED STATES! Thanks to the foot (and head) of Conor Casey, the U.S. defeated a previously unbeaten (at home) Honduras team supported by more than 45,000 fanatics. The U.S. battled a tough opponent, a raucous crowd and some sketchy officiating to win 3-2. After the U.S. conceded a free kick goal in the 46th minute (due to sloppy play by Oguchi Onyewu), Conor headed in the first of his two goals by out jumping and out battling the Honduran goal keeper.  Conor's willingness to put his body in harms way made the difference. Ten minutes later, Conor would net his second after taking a slipped pass by Landon Donovan on the sprint and then calmly tucked the ball into the side netting for a 2-1 lead. Five minutes later Conor would keep possession and earn the foul that was converted by Donovan for a 3-1 lead. Honduras would score a second goal (though there was a hint of offsides leading up to the goal) in the 78th minute.  When a penalty kick was called in the 87th minute, it seemed a tie was in the cards and what a cruel result that would have been.  The U.S.'s Stuart Holden was whistled for a handball in the box. Carlos Pavon, who converted a penalty against the U.S. on Sept. 1, 2001, in Washington, D.C., in the last U.S. loss on home soil - missed the chance to equalize.  The U.S. dealt with the onslaught over the next six minutes until the final whistle blew.  The U.S. had qualified for the World Cup!  With Conor's amazing performance, he (and thus Rush) has solidified his position with the U.S. National Team as they now prepare for South Africa!  Congratulations Conor!! To read more on the game and view Conor's goals, click here.

Foxhoven and Chapleski in Top 100 Nationally
Zach Foxhoven and Cole Chapleski have been recognized as two of the Top 100 players for the 2010 graduating class. Zach is #17 on the list while Cole is #62. To view the entire list, please click here

RUSH Wolverines CYS Option 1 State Cup Champions!

The GU13 RUSH Wolverines won first place in the Gold Division of the CYS Tournament. The Wolverines played in a very competitive Option 1 flight and earned a spot in the championship. After giving up a very early goal in the championship game to the Real Cougars the Wolverines never gave up and fought back to tie the score on a penalty kick with less than 10 seconds in regulation to force the game into overtime.  The Wolverines scored early in double overtime and played great defense to hold on to an exciting 2-1 championship victory. Congratulations on a superior team effort throughout the entire tournament, this was a great TEAM championship.

Rush Black Diamonds Place in Vail Valley Cup!

The Black Diamonds finished 2nd at the Vail Valley Cup which was held Oct. 3 & 4, 2009. The weather was perfect for soccer. The team won both games on Saturday, defeating the CO Rush Revolution 3-2 and Real Silver 3-0. Sunday the Black Diamonds tied Real Gold 1-1 then lost to the tournament winners Vail Crush 3-0. There was great team effort on the field and tremendous support from the parents.

Congrats to the GU12 Rush Pizzazz!

The GU12 Rush Pizzazz bedazzled the competition in winning the bronze II division at the Colorado Shootout on October 4 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  The Pizzazz beat the Longmont United Fireballs 1-0 in an exciting championship game.  The solid Pizzazz defense also did not allow a goal during the entire tournament.  The girls are coached by Ken Lloyd and Ivan Broce.

Rush Hotshots are CYS Cup Champions!

Coach Bob Turgeon's U-9 girls team captured 1st place in the CYS Cup Gold Division on October 3-4 at the Gates Complex.  The Hotshots went undefeated through pool play, and forged a thrilling shootout victory in the semifinal game to move on.  The girls subsequently cruised 6-2 in the finals to earn the CYS Cup championship.  Afterwards, the girls could be heard singing a loud, inspired rendition of "Oh When the Rush Come Marchin' In" as they left the field.  Coach Bob credits the team's success to their individual and collective efforts to improve, work hard, and have fun.  He adds, "At only 9-years old, there's a special energy and intensity among these girls.  They just love to play."  Congratulations to the Rush Hotshots.  You Go Girls!!

U-12 Boys A1 Team Finalists in Trebol Colorado Shootout

Following the spring 2009 season, the Rush combined players from three different teams into an extremely competitive A-1 team under a new coach, Gary Groner.  In their first season together they are off to a good start in league and have done well in tournament play.  In August, they entered their first tournament after being formed where they took 4th place in the Broomfield Blast tournament.  Building on their early success, this past weekend, Oct 3-4, they took second place in just their second tournament of the year.  They advanced as the top team in the Trebol Colorado Shoot Out winning all three of their preliminary games in the Bronze Division.  The final game was a thriller, complete with a double overtime and a penalty kick shoot out.  The game came down to the seventh shooter before the game was final with the Renegades taking second place.  On the weekend, the Renegades only gave up one goal and netted a total of 9 goals in complete domination of play, even in the final where they simply couldn't find the net having out shot their opponent 10-2 in freezing weather and high winds.  Coach Groner said the boys had the advantage in the shootout with goalie Aaron Dugan having stopped two of the first three shooters.  Mike Piserchio, Youth Boys Director noted that "it comes as no surprise the Renegades team finished well.  The boys are working hard in staff training and continue to improve week after week."

Act on Your Dreams - Defining Perseverance

The Santa Clara s soccer team is once again a force to be reckoned with in College Soccer. After a rough season last year, the Broncos have started off this season in a big way including upsets of two top 10 teams last weekend. Santa Clara upset No. 5 Notre Dame 2-0 Friday night and followed that up with a 3-1 win over No. 7 Purdue on Sunday. Santa Clara's emergence (5-2-2) back into the national picture is due, in no small part, to the return of Colorado Rush Alum Jordan Angeli. Jordan, a sixth year senior, had spent the last 2 years at Santa Clara rehabbing her knee. A healthy Jordan is clearly paying dividends on the field.

Please click here to read the full interview.

New NA Rush Director of Coaching Interview
Andrew Kewley, new Coaching Director for the North Area Rush Soccer Club wont officially start his new position for a few more days. But he recently sat down to answer some questions to help the Rush family get to know him a little better.  Please click here to read the interview.

Panorama Tip of the Month 

Blisters are painful and sometimes unbearable.  Read more about causes, care, and prevention in the Panorama Tip of the Month byclicking here.

Forty One Individual Players One Team
By: Natalie Bendinelli

In July of this year, 41 teenagers from across the globe met up in Brattleboro, Vermont as part of the World Learning Institute International Leadership Program.  Thanks to the Rush, Natalie Bendinelli was notified and selected to go and represent the United States. For all of those who participated, this was an opportunity that dramatically changed lives.  The teens were selected from many different cities, many diverse economical backgrounds, and many distinct religious backgrounds.  They came from the U.S., England, and lastly, Iraq, a place where war is an everyday place of life.

Please click here to read the full story.

U-9 Rush Hotshots Are Broomfield Blast Tournament Champions!!!!

Bob Turgeon's cross-quad Rush Hotshots team earned first place in the Broomfield Blast Tournament on August 14-16.  In a 10-team division, the Rush Hotshots found the net 34 times while giving up only 3 goals! Coach Bob says, "Simply put, these young players are special.  They take the pitch with a mix of skill, confidence, and determination. Their upside limit is unreachable!"  Well done Rush Hotshots!!!

NA Rush Hires New Full Time Director of Coaching – Andrew Kewley

We are excited to announce the newest addition to the North Area Rush!  Andrew Kewley is joining NA Rush and will lead the staff and club as Director of Coaching beginning September 15, 2009.  Andrew is joining us from within the Rush Soccer family.  He is currently a director of coaching with Iowa Rush.  Andrew is a graduate (Bachelor Degree and Masters Degree) from Drake University. He is a USSF licensed coach and has been an age group coordinator or director since 2005.  Andrew was a quality player as well with playing stints in Wichita and Des Moines in the PDL, a captain for his Division I Drake University team and a regional team player back in his youth soccer days.  We are excited to have Andrew joining North Area Rush! Stay tuned for much more on Andrew in the coming days.

Conor Casey Named to U.S. Roster for World Cup Qualifier

The United States Men's National Team faces off in a critical World Cup qualifier against El Salvador. The game which is to be played in Utah at Rio Tinto stadium is the first of two games that week for the U.S. Men. The U.S. team will begin gathering August 30 in Utah for training. Following the match against El Salvador, the U.S. team will travel September 7 to Trinidad where they will play September 9. The U.S. currently sits in third place in the final round hexagonal, collecting 10 points and a 3-2-1 record through six games. Click hereto read more.

Rush Girls Named to Eclipse ECNL All-Tournament Team

(Shelby in action, above)
Kelli Drobney, Madison Halbach, and Shelby Bowden were named to the Chicago Eclipse ECNL All-Tournament Team after leading their respective teams to 3-0 starts in the first ever ECNL event. Drobney scored two goals and recorded and assist in 3 games. Madison Halbach did not get scored on in 3 halves, including a complete game shut-out against Region II Champions, Chicago Eclipse. Shelby Bowden was a rock as she anchored a defense that had two shutouts on the weekend. For more info on the ECNL and All-Tournament Team, please click here.

Growling Bunnies are Storm Classic Champs!

Rick Haussler's U9 Cross Quad team kicked, dodged, and scored their way past a field of six U9 teams in the 29th annual Storm Classic Soccer Tournament held August 14-16 at the Gates Soccer Complex. With only 9 of their 12 players available for the tournament, Coach Rick said, "these girls played more like the "Energizer Bunnies".  Their love for soccer gave them the determination and tenacity to finish on top and I couldn't be more proud of this team!" Congratulations Growling Bunnies!

Muscle Soreness: What is it? What can you do about it? 

Sometimes (or perhaps often) a day or so after practices or games, individuals may feel pain in their muscles. When this pain occurs without recollection of a specific injury mechanism, it may be muscle soreness. Read more on the Panorama Tip of the Month by clicking here.

U13 Rush Blue take first at Broomfield Blast Tournament

The newly formed Rush U13 Girls Challenge team, Rush Blue, won the Broomfield Blast Tournament last weekend in their first ever competitive event.  After only practicing a couple of weeks, the new team, comprised of U12 and U13 girls, went 4-0-1 and gave up only one goal the entire tournament.  The tournament provided the perfect opportunity for the new teammates to get to know each other, gel as a team and get excited for the upcoming season!

Rush Girls 7-1-1 at Chicago ECNL Showcase

(Julia Thurston, right, of the U15 Nike team in action)
The GU15, GU16, and GU17 Nike Teams took part in the Chicago ECNL Showcase this past weekend at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex. This event marked the first of five, in the inaugural season of the Elite Clubs National League (formerly Red Bull National League). The GU15 Nike Team sit on top of their division after a perfect 3-0 start. They defeated both Scott Gallagher and Irvine Strikers 3-0. They defeated Region II Champs, Eclipse Select 1-0. The GU16 Nike Team also finished the weekend with three wins. They defeated Scott Gallagher 3-2, Eclipse Select 2-0, and Irvine Strikers 4-0. The GU17 Nike team finished the weekend with a win, a loss, and a draw. All three of these teams will travel to College Station, TX for the Final IV Showcase Dec 4-6. Click here for more information on the Elite Clubs National League.

Erika Sutton signs with Boston Breakers of the WPS

Former Colorado Rush star Erika Sutton has been offered a contract to finish out the season with the Boston Breakers of the WPS. Sutton, who played 90 minutes in her first game with the Breakers, had been playing for the Buffalo Flash of the W-League prior to signing on with the Breakers.

Best of luck to Erika as she looks to secure a long-term contact with the Breakers!

Congratulations to U14 Nike Boys and U14 Nike Girls on Denver Cup Championships

(U14 Nike Boys, above)

(U14 Nike Girls, above)
The four day tournament played out at Dick's Sporting Goods Park concluded Sunday on yet another hot Colorado summer day.  Two Rush teams emerged victorious when all was said and done.  The U14 Nike Girls defeated Boulder Force 1-0 in their final and the U14 Nike Boys defeated Colorado Edge Select in their final after a penalty kick shootout that followed a 1-1 draw in regulation time (which saw a determined Nike team score the equalizer with 3:30 to go).  Brittney Stark scored the game winner for the Rush Girls while Paige Labadie and Lindsey Hendon secured the shut out (the two goal keepers combined for four shut outs in five games). Cameron Guzman scored the late equalizer for the boys and then all five Rush Boys scored their penalty kicks in the shoot out: AJ Fuller, Spencer Goldstein, Hunter Stafford, Ben Rodgers and Lee Holmes. Congratulations to both teams!

Conor Casey Lights Up Chivas in Front of Denver Cup Participants

Teams from all over the western United States in town for the Denver Cup (given Rapids tickets as a part of their participation in the Denver Cup tournament) were treated to a show by hat-trick hero Conor Casey.  The Colorado Rush player, now Rapids forward and U.S. international, scored three goals in the first half including a Zidane-esk PK (penalty kick) which sent the fans in attendance into delirium.  Behind the outpouring of goals by Casey, the Rapids went on to a 4-0 victory.  NOTE: Special congratulations go to Conor Casey for being selected to the 20 man roster (selected by head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. Men's National Team) to face arch rivals, Mexico, in this Wednesday's all important World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium in Mexico.  Good luck to Conor and the U.S. team!

Rush Alumni square off as Chivas USA visit Rapids

(Bobby Burling getting stuck in against Beckham, above)

(Colin, left, and Conor, right, show us their best celebrations)
Three Rush alumni will face off this evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as the Colorado Rapids host Chivas USA. Former Colorado Rush players Colin Clark and Conor Casey will suit up for the home team Rapids while former Pikes Peak Rush standout Bobby Burling will wear the red and white of Chivas.

The stands will be full of Rush supporters as the Denver Cup (hosted by the Colorado Rush) is being played this weekend on the outer fields of the complex. All teams participating in the tournament received tickets for the MLS game to round out a great weekend of soccer.

U3/4 Rush First Steps Program
Colorado Rush is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new program for our youngest players.  Rush First Steps is designed to introduce U3 and U4 players to soccer for the first time in a small-sided team setting.  First Steps will allow players to learn the basic concepts of soccer in a fun environment that will set the foundations for a lifetime of enjoyment in the sport.  Focus will be placed on basic techniques and movement, but mostly on FUN!!

Players will be assigned to small teams (up to 5 players per team) and will be playing in a 3v3 format.  Teams will practice once per week and play one game per week.  Each team will have a volunteer coach who will assist with practice and games, but all teams will practice together under the supervision of the First Steps Coordinator.  This will ensure a consistent level of coaching for all players at this important initial stage of their career.

Parents are encouraged to observe practices and be available to join in when requested by the First Steps Coordinator.

Further details are available by clicking here.

Colin Clark Reflects on the Gold Cup

Former Colorado Rush standout Colin Clark recently finished a stint with the US Men's National Team as they competed in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Colin, who notched his first international cap during the tournament, took a few minutes to reflect on his experience with the National Team.

Q: How does it feel to wear the US jersey and step out onto the pitch for your first cap as part of the National Team?
A: The feeling of having your nations crest over your heart was exhilarating to say the least. Walking out onto the pitch was such an amazing feeling as we were cheered by the fans of both countries.  Once the whistle blew my nerves settled and it was just a normal game of football.

Q: What was going through your mind when you first found out that you would be starting against Haiti?
A: Not too much was different when I found out I was going to receive my first cap. I thought of it as just another match. All of my friends and family were pretty excited for me though.

Q: What has this experience (the Gold Cup) taught you?
A: The gold cup has taught me that having reached the MLS, there is still another level to keep pushing me to improve to reach. Getting a taste of the level was priceless and has shown me I have a long way to go before I get my second cap.

Q: What is the biggest difference between playing with the Rapids and playing with the National Team?
A: I think the biggest difference between playing with my club team and my country is how magnified mistakes are. The Colorado Rush Soccer Club has taught me to move on to the next play after a mistake. That has been some of the best advice I have taken from the club.  Mistakes are going to happen; it's how you react after the mistake that shows who you are as a player.

Conor Casey shines in MLS All-Star game

Former Colorado Rush star Conor Casey was recently voted into the starting 11 for the MLS All-Star game against English Premier Club Everton FC. Casey, who currently is tied for third place for goals scored in the MLS, has had a terrific season and spent several weeks with the US Men's National Team earlier this summer while they were participating in the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Although the MLS All-Stars lost to Everton in a shootout 4-3 (after a 1-1 draw through 90 minutes), it wasn't from a lack of effort from Casey. Gaining an assist on the lone MLS goal, the Colorado Rapids forward collected a ball near the corner of the Everton box and while holding off a defender, sent a short cross towards teammate Stuart Holden. Holden tipped the ball and Brad Davis got on the end of it and put his shot past American keeper Tim Howard to tie the score at one.

Casey would again prove to be big for the MLS team in the shootout. Trailing 3-2, Casey, the fifth shooter for the MLS, needed to make his shot to force a 6th shooter for both sides. He calmly stepped up and buried his shot!

Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushey was very impressed with Conor's performance saying, "Conor embodied much of the Rush Way in his All-Star performance.  In one sequence (the MLS's goal) he showed hard work and brute force in chasing down a relatively harmless ball, battling the defender to gain possession and then showed vision, touch and creativity in rewarding a quality run from Holden with a deft pass.  Great stuff from Conor throughout. Awesome to see!"

Vote Krzysik in '09'


Former Rush great Nikki Krzysik has had a terrific first season for the Chicago Red Stars of the WPS. Krzysik, who played for the Rush U19 National Championship team in 2006, was selected in the second round (13th overall) of the inaugural WPS draft and has started 9 games so far this season for Chicago.

Nikki has been put on the ballot for the first ever WPS All-star game. Rush President Tim Schulz says, "Hello Rush families and fans, Nikki Krzysik, our former Rush player is currently in the running for the WPS All-star team. Please take a minute and support our Rush player by voting for her."  Rush Nation-You can help Nikki make the All-star team by clicking on the link below and casting your vote for Nikki and your other favorite WPS players.  The  voting closes this Friday at 6:00PM, so CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!

U19 Girls Capture National Title for Second Straight Year

In perhaps one of the most difficult matches in their time together, the U19 Nike Girls beat Eclipse Select (Chicago, IL) 4-2 in over time to claim a record setting national championship (more on the record later).  In a week with some crazy weather, which on match day three saw the game get postponed from 9:30am to 3:30pm and moved from grass to turf due to rain, the over night rain prior to the finals subsided and the breeze and clouds gave way to partly sunny skies for the 10:45am kick off.  The field was wet and a bit slick but still capable of supporting a quality soccer match.  The few hundred fans on hand (which included teams from both clubs in a supporting/cheerleading role – Rush 19 Boys and Eclipse 17 Girls) were given a quality show with some nice soccer and plenty of wonderful effort.  Both teams created chances in the first half including a 30 yard rocket by Brittany Kerridge which was only saved by the cross bar, but the score line at the half was 0-0.  As half two began, Eclipse poured on the pressure but with every counter attack and every set piece that Eclipse earned, the Rush Girls had an answer.  In the 83rd minute Danielle Foxhoven was able to tally the game's first goal by beating the two opposing center backs to the ball after a Rush free kick and volleyed the shot into the back of the net.  With time dwindling, the fourth official signaled for four additional minutes of stoppage time.  The Eclipse made the most of it as in the 94th minute they were able to convert a corner kick and equalize.  The referee blew the whistle 30 seconds later.  And though the Eclipse side line was delirious with excitement, the most exciting part of the game was yet to come.  Eight minutes into the first overtime Kate Russell calmly slotted home Rush's second goal after some incredible work by Christine Clark.  A few minutes later Foxhoven finished her second of the game and Rush was up 3-1!  Into the second over time the teams went and with just three minutes remaining, Eclipse, who refused to quit, pulled one back to go 3-2.  But in a fashion we've all become accustomed to, Foxhoven got on the end of a Hayley Marsh long pass, beat the defense and then beat the goal keeper and slotted home the fourth and final goal with just two minutes remaining.  4-2 Win!  Champions again!

With the back to back national titles, Rush became the first club in history to have two different teams repeat as champions (98, 99, 00).  Also with the win, Rush has now won more national championships on the girls side than any other club in the United States.  The Rush Girls were the only team, who won nationals last year, to make it back to the championship game this year.  Danielle Foxhoven led the tournament in scoring with five goals (three in the finals) and Krissy Tribbett was awarded the Golden Glove for her stellar performances in the goal.  It must be said, that all 16 girls who returned to the team this year played a vital role in earning this championship.  We will have more to come on this amazing team (so please be on the look out), but for now, congratulations U19 Rush Nike Girls!!
The girls were also awarded with the US Youth Soccer Fair Play Award within their division.

U19 Rush Girls Advance to Finals, Boys Finish 3rd
The U19 Colorado Rush Girls advanced to finals with a 2-0 win today against Birmingham United. The Rush Girls came out flying as they knew this was a 'must win' game for them. It did not take them long at all to get on the score board. Brittany Kerridge's corner kick in the 3rd minute was flicked on at the near post by Kate Russell and finished by Erin Smith. Rush had several other quality scoring chances in the first half, including Emmalie Pfankuch's header off the post, but took only took a 1-0 lead into half time. The second half saw the Rush under a bit more pressure than in the first half. GK, Krissy Tribbett, came up with some crucial saves, and Amy Steiner cleared one off the line to keep Birmingham off the score board. In the 75th minute, Erin Smith added her second goal of the game off of a blast from the top of the box, giving the Rush a bit more breathing room. The Rush Girls will face Eclipse (Chicago) in the final on Sunday at 10:45 est.

The U19 Colorado Rush Boys were not so fortunate on Day 4. Like the girls, they needed a win against the Baltimore Bays to advance to Sunday's final. After a scoreless first half, Ryan Kawoluk received a ball from Diego Lashlee just inside the box. He took a touch and rifled a shot past the Bays keeper into the far corner of the net. Things looked even better for the Rush when a poorly timed Baltimore challenge led to a Bays player being ejected midway through the second half. Just when the Rush thought they had the game in hand, it took a sudden turn. A poor decision in the box resulted in a Baltimore pk that was converted in the 80th minute. The Rush had a few quality chances to get the game winner, including a goal that was disallowed for an apparent push in the box. However the game ended in 1-1 draw, which knocked the boys out of title contention. The Rush finished the week 1-1-1, which was good enough for 3rd place.

U12 A1 Boys take First at Steamboat Mountain Tournament

Participating in the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament for the second year was glorious redemption for the Boys U12 Colorado Rush Advanced -1 Team coached by Julio Correa.  After losing last year to Steamboat in the championship game the boys had their second shot this year to take home an impressive 1-0 win.  Michael Giebler adds, "it felt like we deserved it. We were determined to get that blue ribbon not the red one!"  All of the arduous work of coaching by Julio Correa came to fruition on fields for us.  Brandon Braun adds, "It was rewarding because we lost last year and not many teams get a second chance.  The win was an example of team effort!"  What a great way to end two successful years with Coach Correa!

U19 Boys and Girls USYS National Championship Update

Day One saw both teams participate in the luncheon to welcome all the players and teams participating in the most prestigious youth soccer event in the country.  (See picture.)  Day Two saw the 19 boys open up their competition against Pike Indy Burn from Indiana.  A 25th minute free kick allowed Cameron Bushey to whip in a free kick from 35 yards out and find the flying head of Eddie Prugh for a glancing header.  The battle continued for the remainder of the 90 minute match and the Rush Boys' defense held strong for a 1-0 victory.  For the girls, they opened up against FC Delco from Pennsylvania.  An early goal by Danielle Foxhoven from Kate Russell got the game off to a good start.  A second half goal by Brittany Kerridge after a wonderful ball from Savanna Hanson gave the Rush Girls a two goal cushion, but it did not last long as Delco scored two minutes later.  The Rush girls held on however for the victory.

Day Three started early with the 19 Boys kicking off at 7:30am.  Two minutes in a defensive error opened up the door for the Georgia team and they walked through for a 1-0 lead.  The game slowly began to shift towards Rush, but on this day they could not find the back of the net.  Despite creating more chances than there opponent and holding the lion's share of possession, the score line would not change and a 1-0 defeat was the final result.  The girls played a very athletic and talented team from Chicago, the Eclipse.  Like the boys, an early goal, this time from a free kick, gave the opponent a 1-0 advantage.  And like the boys, the game began to level out and the momentum shift towards the Rush.  Midway through the second half, Foxhoven again found the back of the net with a left footed volley from 15 yards out and it was game on!  With just a few minutes remaining, an Eclipse corner kick could not get cleared and on the fourth attempt the game winner was buried.  Final score was 2-1 Eclipse.  Leading into day four, both teams need a win to secure a spot in the national championship game.  A tie or loss will not due.  The good news is both teams control their own fate. Good luck to both teams!

Congratulations to the Pikes Peak Invitational Champions


(U13 boys, above)

(U11 girls, above)
The U15 Nike Girls, U13 Nike Boys and U11 (soon to be U11!) Nike Girls were crowned champions on Sunday at the PPI.  The U15 Nike Girls defeated Utah Rush 4-1 in the title match vindicating themselves after a draw against the same team in the opening game of the tournament.  The 13 Nike Boys defeated two other Premier 1 teams from Colorado including the Pride U13's in the final, 2-1, with goals from AJ Fuller and Hunter Stafford.  The big news for Rush on the week was, in their first ever competitive tournament ever, the new U11 Nike girls who are still U10, played up a year and won!  The Girls beat Pride 7-1, Colorado Storm 4-1, tied Real Colorado 0-0, and lost to So Cal Rush Nike 2-5 in pool play.  They did however still qualify for the finals in which they had a rematch against So Cal Rush and the new U11 Nike Girls came out victorious by beating the So Cal Rush Nike Girls in the final 3-0.  Congratulations to the Champions!



U19 Boys and Girls Depart for USYS Nationals

Monday morning both Rush teams will set off to Boston to compete for the USYS National Championships.  We wish our teams the very best of luck as the boys go for Rush's first ever McGuire Cup (the U19 trophy), which represents the oldest trophy in American Amateur soccer dating back to 1935, and the girls compete for back to back national titles.  You can follow all the action here on the Rush web site or by visiting and clicking on the national championships link.

Colin Clark Earns First CAP for US Men's National Team 
Former Rush player, Colin Clark, started and played 75 minutes for the US National Team in their 2-2 draw vs. Haiti on Saturday. For Clark, it was his first appearance for the US. With the draw, the US won Group B and will face Panama on Saturday, July 18 in the Quarterfinal of the Gold Cup. Congratulations Colin and Good Luck to the US!

Summer 6v6 Tournament



The Colorado Rush is excited to announce a coed 6v6 Tournament for Nike and Swoosh players July 28-30 at Collegiate Academy. Players will sign up individually and Rush staff will form the teams. 
Date:  July 28- Nike and Swoosh BU11, BU12, GU11, GU12

July 29- Nike and Swoosh BU13, GU13, GU14
July 30- Nike and Swoosh BU14, BU15, GU15, GU16


Time: 5:00-8:00 pm

Location: Collegiate Academy Turf Field

Entry Fee: $25 per player

Registration: Please click here to register. Registration will end on Thursday, July 23rd at noon or once we've reached capacity.

Panorama Tip of the Month

Nobody wants to be injured.  Injuries result not only in pain but time away from sport and activity.  There are some simple things you can do as a player or a coach to prevent injuries.  Please click here to discover some simple tips for preventing injuries.

More Than A Dream at adidas ESP Camp

At least that's what Cole Chapleski, member of the 90 Rush Academy team, must be thinking.  As Andrew Kummer put it, "If I could play with five players in the history of world soccer, he (Zinedine Zidane) would be one of them."  Well, Cole got that chance.  Zinedine Zidane, recognized as one of the world's all time best soccer players, was brought in by adidas to join the ESP camp.  The ESP camp brings in some of the best sophomore and junior soccer players in the country.  For Colorado Rush, we had three players participating: Matt Kerridge, Reid Hukari and Cole Chapleski.  Cole was selected to participate in tonight's all-star game in which Zizou (Zidane's nick name) played one half with each team.  This truly was a once in a life time opportunity for those players, as well as on lookers.  Zidane is one of only two players in history to be awarded FIFA Footballer of the Year award three times.  He led France to the 1998 World Cup title as well as the 2000 European Championship.

Two Rush Players Attend U17 National Camp

Trey Saunders (VA Rush) and Zack Foxhoven (CO Rush) recently had the opportunity to attend a weeklong training camp with the USA U-17 National Team in New Jersey. The U-17 coaching staff, led by Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera, are working to fill their roster for the U-17 World Cup in Nigeria beginning in October.

"The camp experience was good and I enjoyed it a lot," said Trey after camp. "The fields were really nice and the weather, even though it was a little rainy, was nice and cooperative. The professionalism of the event, the players, and the coaches was apparent. We ate every meal together and we had to wear certain outfits to each meal. The play was really fast and I thought I played well. The biggest difference (between the 17's and the Rush Academy teams) would have to be the speed of play and the attention given to minor details (warm-up, cool-down, etc.)"

Virginia Rush President and Technical Director Dave Dengerink believes that Trey's call up was more than due, "Trey is the first Virginia Rush player to truly reflect the Rush Way.  He maximizes opportunities with the club, using training, guest playing and coaching to constantly improve. Trey's work rate, passion and willingness to take risks are displayed daily in any soccer environment. He has also dealt with the adversities of being cut, injured and disappointed yet still shows up to compete everyday! I am very pleased that his efforts and commitment from U12 till now are starting to reap the rewards of opportunities at the National Team level.  He has earned his chance."

Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushey feels that Foxhoven is also more than worthy of the opportunity to play with the 17's, "Zack is without a doubt one of the best goal scorers in our country; if not the best goal scorer.  He is worthy of being in the 17's and I hope the staff see him for what he can be and he is added for the U17 World Cup," said Bushey of the super striker.

Keep up the great work boys and best of luck with the 17's!

"All That" are 3v3 Champions! 

In the annual Littleton Got Milk 3v3 Tournament held on 6-20 and 6-21 the Colorado Rush team, 'All That' earned their name!

Rush's 'All That' team, coached by Bob Turgeon, battled in an 18-team division to emerge as U-8 tournament champions.  Turgeon adds, "These girls love to play soccer.  Their work rate, skills, and determination pose a fun combination and a formidable challenge."  With All That's 1st place win, the team qualified for the Got Milk 3v3 Regional in Vail in early August.  Congratulations!  You Rush girls are truly all that and a bag of chips.

Rush Players Representing US on International Stage

(above, Colin Clark)
Rush Alum, Connor Casey, played the final 6 minutes plus stoppage for the United States as they shocked #1 ranked Spain in the semi finals of the Confederations Cup yesterday. For Casey, it was his third straight appearance. He entered at half time in the US's 3-0 loss to Brazil and in the 82nd minute in their 3-0 win over Egypt. The US will face the winner of Brazil/South Africa in the Confederation Cup Final on Sunday.

In other US National Team news, former Rush standout, Colin Clark, was named to the 23-player roster that will represent the US at the 2009 Gold Cup form July 23rd to July 26th. Clark is having an excellent year for the Colorado Rapids. The left midfielder has scored 3 goals and notched 5 assists so far this season. Clark looks to make his first ever appearance for the US, with his previous National Team experience coming back in November of 2008, when he participated in the U.S's training camp held at Dick;s Sporting Goods Park. Click here for more on the 2009 Gold Cup.

Three Rush Champions Compete against WPS Sky Blue

(from left: Russell, Pfankuch and Foxhoven)
Kate Russell, Emmalie Pfankuch and Danielle Foxhoven of the U19 Nike Girls were invited to join the Force Soccer Team (a women's minor league team based out of Ft. Collins) as they played an exhibition match against the Sky Blue from New York/New Jersey of the Women's Professional Soccer League.  The game, though interrupted with a lightning delay, ended in a 0-0 draw.  All three girls represented Rush Soccer with class.

Colorado Rush Bring Home Two Region Titles

(U19 Nike Girls)

(U19 Nike Boys)
The Region IV Championships were held this past week in Lancaster, CA.  Of the seven Rush teams present at the event, six teams represented Colorado Rush in the quarter-final round.  The 15 boys had a chance of advancing but struggled to get by injuries and failed to get out of a difficult bracket.  The 14 boys, last year's regional finalist, had multiple injuries which also took toll on the boys.  But after tying the eventual champions in bracket play, and a very exciting draw against New Mexico Rush to qualify for the quarters (including an injury time PK stop my GK Liam O'Connor), the 14 boys fell in the next round.  The 14 girls played in perhaps our most difficult bracket but also played some of the best soccer of all the Rush teams.  Unfortunately they too fell in the quarters, but not before turning many heads and handing Arsenal of Cal-South a 2-0 defeat to push us on and knock them out of the tournament.  The 15 girls, though dominating possession in their quarter final match up went out with a frustrating 1-0 defeat.  The 16 girls were the last to fall on quarter final day.  After taking an early lead against the Eagles of Cal-South, they could not hold on.  Annie Kunz was on record setting pace scoring in each match with a hat trick in two of the games.
The two teams that did win their quarter final match ups were to the two U19 teams.  The 19 girls dismantled New Mexico in the quarter finals and then took on two time national champion Eagles of Cal-South.  In a game of little scoring, passing and team defending led the Rush to a 1-0 victory.  In all the successes for these Rush girls, the Eagles is one team Rush had never beaten: but no more.  This led to a rematch against a very dangerous Utah team in the finals which ended in a 2-2 result.  Again, it was team defense and the finishing touch of Emmalie Pfankuch who scored all three goals in a 3-0 victory that propelled the Rush girls for the second straight year to the National Championships.  The 19 boys made things a bit more exciting, one might say.  After a dominating performance against Hawaii in the quarters which saw the Rush boys take on a red card and score in the 90th minute to win 1-0, the boys played Oregon in the semi's.  After conceding two goals, the Rush boys waited until the dying minutes of the game to net their first goal and with a 'never say die' attitude, netted the winner in the fifth minute of stoppage time.  Once over time hit, the tide had officially turned and the game ended 4-2 for the good guys.  The 19 boys final would also be a rematch of bracket play, a 1-0 win over DMS from Cal-South.  The California boys came out flying.  And on a windy day, made the most with the wind and put the pressure on the Rush boys scoring mid way through the half for a 1-0 lead.  An early goal in the second half would again see Rush go down 2-0.  But in a glance, Rush slotted a ball behind the defense and Eddy Prugh was there to beat the GK to it and finish to make it 2-1.  Minutes later, Rush earned a corner kick and Steven Emory made it 2-2.  Game on!  It wasn't until an exciting second over time when the Rush boys again earned a corner kick and Ryan Kawaluk was there to rock home the winner.  An incredible game!  3-2. Champions!

Both the 19's will compete at the national tournament in Lancaster, MA July 21-26.  Stay tuned for more on these two awesome teams.

Colorado Rush Leading the Way in Fan Support

(U19 Nike Boys Post Game Celebration)
Not to be forgotten in the losses and wins of the Region IV Championships is the support that was given by all of our Colorado Rush family.  A few of the other Rush states joined in as well, especially Hawaii, but game in and game out, the crowd (and specifically Rush players) encouraged, cheered and chanted to help our teams fight and persevere.  In hot, windy, tiring days, every bit of energy counts.  There were multiple games where, as important as passing and finishing are, perhaps nothing was more important than the constant chanting and singing that was coming from the Rush family.  The opponents, the tournament officials and referees, as well as the opposing fans had no answer to the ruckus the Rush was bringing.  Led by Ross Fowler, DOC Developmental, the Rush family put on a show that is seldom seen in US Youth Soccer.  There were some amazing sites and scenes and because of that, some life-long memories for many players and coaches.  Thanks to all of our teams for putting the club first and for sharing your passion.


On behalf of the Colorado Rush Soccer Club we would like to share our condolences for the Nakama family.  Jimmy Nakama, 40, of Littleton, and Thomas Spicknall, 36, of Centennial, died in the rafting accident last week.  

"Jimmy was a much loved husband, father, son and brother. He was the center of a small but close family, he was loved by the people he worked with, the people he went to school with, the athletic teams he coached and the neighborhood in which he lived. His death has left a terrible hole in the center of all our lives."

He left behind two children, Emmitt, 12, and Eva, 9. He is also survived by his wife Gretchen, known as "Grae."  Jimmy served as an assistant coach for our upcoming GU10 Steve Guiterrez Option One team.  Nakama was born in Littleton, graduated from Littleton High School and the University of Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:
The Nakama Memorial College Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.  Donations can be deposited at any Wells Fargo Bank location.

Brian Cvilikas Earns USL Team of the Week Honors
Brian (B.C.) is a frontrunner for the USL's Minnesota Thunder.  With two goals to lead the Thunder to their first win of the season, B.C. was also named Player of the Week.  While at Rush, B.C. helped lead his Rush team to a Region IV Championship.  For more, pleaseclick here.

Regional Championships Update
Congratulations to all of the Colorado Rush teams who have advanced to the knock out round of the 2009 Region IV Championships.  Teams advancing to the knockout round had Thursday off before starting quarterfinal action on Friday morning. The following Colorado Rush teams have advanced through group play: U14 Nike Boys, U19 Nike Boys, U14 Nike Girls, U15 Nike Girls, U16 Nike Girls and the U19 Nike Girls.  Best of luck to all teams!

3rd Annual Women's Soccer Celebration
The Colorado Rush would like to invite all players, parents and soccer fans to the 3rd Annual Women's Soccer Celebration at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on June 24th, 2009 at 4:30 PM.  The NJ/NY Sky Blue will take on the Colorado Force prior to the Rapids game.  The game will feature three players from your Colorado Rush Soccer Club; they are Kate Russell, Danielle Foxhoven and Emmalie Pfankuch who are all playing division 1 collegiate soccer with high profile programs.  Please click here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets.

Rush Cheetahs Take Charge at Thornton SoccerFest

The U6 Rush Cheetahs accomplished great things when they finished 2nd in their very first tournament, the Thornton Soccer Fest, hosted by the North Area Rush.  The thing that makes this pretty remarkable is that this group of feisty 5 and 6 year old girls were competing against 7 and 8 year olds.  The highlight of the tournament was when the Cheetahs beat a much bigger and very aggressive 8 year old team 9-8 to get into the finals.  The Cheetahs played with tremendous passion and every girl on the team scored a goal.  Congratulations girls!!!

Colorado Rush Begins Region IV Championship Quest

Seven Rush teams representing the state of Colorado will kick off on Monday June 15 in Lancaster, California.  The 14, 15 and 19 Nike Boys as well as the 14, 15, 16 and 19 Nike Girls will compete against the top teams from the western region in hopes of being crowned regional champions, and in the process, qualify for the USYS National Championships to be held in late July.  The 19 Nike Girls, defending regional and national champions (pictured above), get things started with an 8am game against Hawaii.  The 19 Nike Boys also share in the first game of the tournament with an 8am game against Southern California.  Good luck to all the Colorado Rush teams!  (And good luck to all other Region IV Rush Soccer clubs.  In the Region IV championships alone there are 23 Rush teams.)

U.S. National Team Calls in Conor Casey for Confederations Cup

Following his performance in the 2010 World Cup qualifying match versus Honduras on June 6th, Colorado Rush alum Conor Casey has been called into the U.S. Men's National Team by head coach Bob Bradley as part of the 23-man roster that will compete in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup from June 14-28 in South Africa.  Please click here to read more.


Rush Team USA heads to Iceland to compete in the prestigious Shellmot Tournament.  On June 25th,  this group of U-10 boys (and one U-8) will join more than 100 teams on a small island off the coast of Iceland for 4 days of competition.  Rush Team USA is the first US team to compete at Shellmot!  Show your support and follow their journey at the team blog by clicking here.

2009 Rush Open
We would like to thank all the coaches and teams that participated this past weekend at the 2009 Rush Open. Other then the crazy weather the tournament ran smoothly and we had a great time. I hope everyone had a great time as well; we had fun watching all of the teams and players this year. We hope to see all of you back next year. Thank you all for a great tournament!

Welcome Jess!
The Rush would like to welcome Jessica Clanton to Colorado!   Jess will join the 93-94 Nike girls' team and Coach Tim Schulz in August.  Jess currently plays for Hawaii Rush.   Over the past few years, she has played with the 93-94 girls in venues such as the Red Bull tournament series and past State Cup and Regional events.  Click here to see what she has to say about her soccer experiences.

Panorama Tip of the Month

Making sure your body is properly hydrated is an important aspect in boosting performance and avoiding injury and illness.  Click here to read the Panorama Tip of the Month to learn more about OPTIMAL HYDRATION.

19 Nike Boys Capture State Cup Title!
A goal by Eddy Prugh (Whitworth University) was enough to seal a convincing victory for our 19 boys over Colorado Storm.  The final was played Friday night in conjunction with the Rush Open and a packed sideline saw an energetic and spirited match, but in the end, the Rush Boys showed their class.  Coach Danny Bills stated, "I'm proud of the boys.  A core group of long time Rush players helped bring this group together in a relatively short time, and for those boys in particular, I know they feel this title is a long time coming.  I couldn't be happier for them and for the whole team."  The state championship now means there will be seven Rush state champions at the Region IV Championships which begin June 15 in Lancaster, California.

Rush Banquet: A Wonderful Evening
Thanks to all those who attended the Rush Banquet last week.  Indeed it was a wonderful celebration of the many incredible members in our club and of many of the successes that have been experienced over the course of this last year.  In a busy and sometimes crazy world (never mind just the crazy soccer season!), it was nice to sit back and enjoy the company of people around us and celebrate the Rush.  Please click here for pictures and captions of the evening.

Arsenal Summer Academy USA
Sign-up today for English Premier League giants, Arsenal's inaugural summer soccer academy USA.  This camp is offered for 11 to 16 year old boys and girls and will include five days of intensive soccer training led by Arsenal coaches.  Residential or day camper options are available.  There is also a special discount to all Rush players.  Please click here for additional information.

Colorado Rush Players Celebrate High School Championships!

(Annie Kunz battles two players to win the ball during the 4A Championship Game, left; and Kelsi Latham challenges for the ball in Chatfield's 5A state title soccer game, right)
Congratulations are in order for the Colorado Rush players who participated in the High School championships last week.  Chatfield beat Air Academy 1-0 on Wednesday, May 20th.  Chatfield's team consists of many Rush players including their strong back line with Kelsi Latham and Sara Sheets, the Chargers did not allow a goal in the playoffs, outscoring their five opponents 11-0.   "It's crazy," Chargers senior midfielder Steph Rowe said. "There are no words even for that. It's just amazing."   Other Rush players on the Chatfield team include: Kelly McGrath, Kaitlyn Bassett, Callie Hancock, Shianna Falk, Natalie D'Adamio, Sarah Schmeida, Claire Lelong, Jamie Kadera, and Chelsea Mangold.

Wheat Ridge Farmers took the championship for 4A from Valor Christian with the final score being 2-1.  Annie Kunz who plays on our upcoming U17 Nike team scored a goal in the final, plus had an assist on the winning goal.  The Farmers (16-0-0) outscored their opponents 109-1 this season. Sophomore forward Annie Kunz had 35 goals, 15 assists.   She was a huge part in this team's success.  Antonia Land is another player from this team who plays for Colorado Rush.  Outstanding work from our Rush players!

Colorado Rush Captures Two More State Titles!

(U14 Nike Boys, above)
The Colorado Rush U14 Nike Boys defeated Real 2-1 on Sunday, May 17th to claim their second consecutive State Cup. Oscar Montes gave his team the early lead off a long shot from a difficult angle. It was Oscar's ninth goal in six State Cup games. Real equalized in the second half from a penalty kick. Kirby Brazleton scored the game winner from a header off of a corner kick with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

The Colorado Rush U15 Nike Boys defeated Pride 2-1 in OT. Axel Fleischli scored early in the first overtime off a feed from Soya Bissau. Pride equalized in the second overtime. Five minutes before time expired, Axel scored the game winner off of a rebound from Dylan Hagen's blast from 18 yards out.

The Rush's bid for a third cup on Sunday was denied when Arsenal defeated the U18 Nike Boys 4-1. 

Rush will be sending at least six teams to Far West Regional's in Lancaster, CA June 15-21. The U19 Rush Boys will be playing their Cup Final on June 5th. Should they win, they will head to Regional's too.

Rush Developmental 'Way to Go' Board
Congratulations to those who earned a spot on the third issue of the Rush Developmental 'Way to Go' notification board. Again, this feature is designed to recognize players in our program who have shown outstanding examples of the Rush Way to play soccer.  DOC Developmental, Ross Fowler and DOC Youth Girls have been scouring Developmental games and practices to identify players who have shown creativity, team spirit, good technique, been a leader or tried to use a new skill in a match situation, to name but a few. 

As well as being recognized on the notice board, the players named below also received a 'Rush Way to Go' card from the club.  Congratulations, and keep up the great work!!

The following players are those who earned 'Way to Go' cards last week: Cavica Wilkerson for good dribbling and passing; Walker Narog for working back to goal to defend; Jaden Fojut for making very good decisions about where to pass or dribble; Josh Roylance for looking up and taking an early shot; Jaden Ashbrook for hustling back and blocking a shot; Megan VanBeek for winning the ball and dribbling to the side away from goal; Braham Lorenz for squeezing in field to defend and being strong in the tackle; Matt Bair for tracking back from the midfield and doing a sliding block; Daniel Luna for his calmness and decision making and Sarah Smith for having an attacking attitude.

Panorama Tip of the Month

Knowing when to use ice vs. heat is an important aspect in treating an injury.  You should also know that using heat at the wrong time could lead to more injury symptoms such as increased swelling and inflammation.  Click here to read the Panorama Tip of the Month to learn more about ICE vs. HEAT.

On A Combat Patrol One Day, Playing A Soccer Tournament The Next
Any escape from the combat zone, even if only for an hour or two, is a much needed respite that all Soldiers and service members need and cherish.  On 26 April 2009, nearly 100 Soldiers and various service members stationed in northern Iraq participated in a single day 3v3 soccer tournament, earning their relief from the rigors of Operation Iraqi Freedom in a mild sandstorm and later in 90-plus degree weather.  Please click here to read more and to see pictures on the experience shared by 1LT Vince Castillo, Infantry Platoon Leader, US Army and Colorado Rush Alumni.

Rush Developmental 'Way to Go' Board
Congratulations to those who earned a spot on the second issue of our new Rush Developmental 'Way to Go' notification board. Again, this feature is designed to recognize players in our program who have shown outstanding examples of the Rush Way to play soccer.  DOC Developmental, Ross Fowler has been scouring Developmental games and practices to identify players who have shown creativity, team spirit, good technique, been a leader or tried to use a new skill in a match situation, to name but a few. 

As well as being recognized on the notice board, the players named below also received a 'Rush Way to Go' card from the club.  Congratulations, and keep up the great work!!

The following players are those who earned 'Way to Go' cards last week: Kelsey DeLarber for following up on goal quickly, Jordan Gabriel for her excellent communication; Maddie Masielo for shooting with both feet; Brooke Wachuta for her excellent pullbacks; Ty Thompson for his smooth dribbling and passing; Logan Howard for his great heading and strong tackles; Simon Castagneri for following up on goal quickly; Maddie Yengo for looking up and taking early shots; Luke Elges for dribbling towards open space and Kaleb Lovato for following up on goal quickly.

Rush Developmental 'Way to Go' Board
Congratulations to those who earned a spot on the first issue of our new Rush Developmental 'Way to Go' notification board.  This new feature is designed to recognize players in our program who have shown outstanding examples of the Rush Way to play soccer.  DOC Developmental, Ross Fowler has been scouring Developmental games and practices to identify players who have shown creativity, team spirit, good technique, been a leader or tried to use a new skill in a match situation, to name but a few.

As well as being recognized on the notice board, the players named below also received a 'Rush Way to Go' card from the club.  Congratulations, and keep up the great work!!

The following players are those who earned 'Way to Go' cards last week: Natalie Bollig for her decision making at practice; Simon Connors for his fast and controlled dribbling at his game; Raymond Holt for his good defensive position and tackling at his game; Ethan DiGiovanni for his big time recovery runs and tackles at his game; Derek Stordahl for his passing to the open channels at his game; Lyndon Cartwright for his strong tackling at his game and Hayden Van Doren for his unstoppable work rate at his game.

Night of Champions

On Saturday April 25, Colorado Rush champion teams were invited to participate in the Rapids annual Night of Champions celebration.  Among the teams who participated was one of our Boys U10 Option 1 teams, the Rush Crush, which placed first in the State League last fall as well as first in the Colorado Storm 2009 Spring Cup.  The boys were even lucky enough to hold the Rapids flags on the field before the game.  Congratulations to all of the Rush Champions!

Rush Cup 2009

Rush Cup 2009 has been cancelled due to weather and the shortened Spring schedule.  Thank you to all teams who registered to play and we are looking forward to seeing you in next year's event!  We are in the process of providing refunds for all teams, please give us 7-10 business days to process these refunds.

Panorama Tip of the Month 

What immediate care should you provide for an injury?  The answer is rest, ice, compression and elevation or R.I.C.E.  Click here to read the Panorama Tip of the Month to learn more about R.I.C.E.

Get to Know Sarah Wagenfuhr of the Chicago Red Stars and the WPS

Sarah currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the WPS (Women's Pro Soccer).  Even after being a two-year captain for a high profile Division 1 school she found herself undrafted after her senior year.  The Red Stars contacted Sarah after the draft and brought her in for an invitation only tryout.  Sarah made the cut and has now earned her self a professional contract!  Please click here to learn more about Sarah.

Rapids Victorious Thanks to Conor Casey's Hat Trick 
Rush Alumnus and Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey recorded his second career hat trick as the Rapids won their second straight match, this time over the LA Galaxy.  The Rapids could not have asked for a better start, as Casey netted his first goal just 16 seconds into the match and hit the game winner five minutes from time.  Click here to read the full game breakdown and to see all three of Conor's goals.

"Colorado Rush 'R.E.A.C.H.' Day" has been proclaimed by Senate Joint Resolution 09-034

Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-seventh General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein: that we, the members of the Colorado General Assembly, praise the efforts of the Colorado Rush Soccer Club and proclaim May 1st as "Colorado Rush 'REACH' Day" in the state in honor of the Club's founding day, May 1, 1997.

The R.E.A.C.H. program has shipped soccer equipment to over 15 third world countries since 2004, and sent soccer gear to Nigeria, Sudan, and other parts of Africa as recently as last week.  The United States military distributed the donated soccer equipment, weighing a total of nearly five tons, to children in several cities in Iraq, including Baghdad, Sadr City, Karrada, Mosul, Samawah, and Basra.

Donna Pettigrew, R.E.A.C.H. Project Manager, said "the whole group was in shock, it was a very special moment for those in attendance and the entire Rush Family."

Please click here to read the full Senate Joint Resolution.

2009 Tournament Schedule
We are once again very excited for the upcoming 2009 tournaments. These include the Front Range Invitational, Rush Open, Thornton Soccer Fest, Pikes Peak Invitational, Denver Cup and Thornton Kick-Off Classic.  Online registration is now open for all six tournaments.  We need your help to make these tournaments successful!  Please click here for tournament details.

Below is a list of teams we recommend for each tournament:
FRIT- Classic and Challenge level teams
Rush Open - Elite, Premier and Classic level teams   
Thornton Soccer Fest - All developmental (U7-U10) and all Cross Quad and Option 1 teams
PPI - Elite and Premier level teams
Denver Cup - Elite and Premier level teams
Thornton Kick-Off Classic - Classic and Challenge level teams

Respect is the 8th Rush Core Value
Our 8th Core Value states, Respect:  Respect everyone.  Respect the opponent, the rules, your colleagues, your superiors and subordinates.  Be thoughtful and considerate.

Please click here to see a short, interesting video clip about respect.

Colorado Rush 90 Academy Boys Help Coach at School of Excellence
With our new Turbo Tots program and our Mighty Mites program joining our School of Excellence program, we have around 300 players participating in our special Friday program(s).  Amazingly, with such numbers, Ross Fowler, Colorado Rush Director of Developmental, has organized the training such that every group (which average around 10-12 players per group) has two coaches dedicated to teaching players and creating an enjoyable environment.  With the addition of the Rush 90 Academy Boys, as well as four players representing Denver University, and other Rush players who volunteered (including members of U14 Nike Boys and U17 Nike Girls), most groups had three and four people dedicated to creating the best soccer environment in the state of Colorado for our young future all-stars.

Wes Hart, DOC Academy and his own Mighty Mite, Dominic.  All of the Rush Directors were present at Friday's School of Excellence.

Players Cole Chapleski and Garrett Seitz teach (or get taught??) the skill of juggling.

What??  Homework!!??  Part of our the training program with School of Excellence requires all participants to complete weekly homework.  (Don't worry kids, this kind of work is fun!)

Academy Player, Conrad Bess and U17 Nike Girl, Morgan Kennedy attempt to double team this U9 player, but the 9 year old wins!

Paolo DelPiccolo, captain of the Academy team, keeps possession for his yellow jackets.

Ross Fowler, the conductor, leading the Turbo Tots and Mighty Mites in a stirring rendition of 'When the Rush Go Marching In!'

Coach Folwer, the conductor part II!  Leading the girl's session with coaches, DU players and Academy players watching on.  

James Riley Helps Seattle Win Opener

Former Rush player, James Riley, started and played 90 min for Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS season opener Thursday night. A lively crowd of 32,523 were on hand to witness Sounders FC in their first ever MLS game as they defeated the NY Red Bulls 3-0.

Mighty Mights and Turbo Tots show the way!

(Mighty Mights with Coach Mike, above)

(Turbo Tots with Coach Dom, above)
Friday, March 13th saw the big kick-off to the Spring Developmental Season with the first week's sessions of School of Excellence, Turbo Tots and Mighty Mights.  Clement Park was awash with Colorado Rush players of all ages as over 320 boys and girls participated in the biggest Developmental Program to date.

The School of Excellence and Mighty Mights programs have been steadily growing for the past few seasons, but this is the inaugural season for Turbo Tots.  Turbo Tots is the stepping stone for our U5 and U6 players who want to improve their technical skills and have some serious FUN!

"It is fantastic to see so many young players enjoying themselves, and improving their soccer skills," said Ross Fowler, DOC Developmental, "We have worked hard to assemble such an incredible coaching staff for these 3 programs, and the energy level out there is incredible."
It is a unique environment where Rush;s youngest players can learn to love the game, and parents can see the development that will occur within their children over the next few years.

Thank You 2009 World Cup Wine Sponsors!
The Colorado Rush staff and members want to say Thank You to all the generous community sponsors for supporting the 2009 World Cup Wines event!  Click here to see the full list of sponsors.

Rush Core Values
Dear Rush Membership, as we kick off the 2009 Spring season, the Rush BOD and Staff request you take moment to look at the Rush Core Values by clicking here.  Many good points are addressed here but the one that we would like our membership to pay particular close attention to is respect.

Our 8th Core Value states, Respect:  Respect everyone.  Respect the opponent, the rules, your colleagues, your superiors and subordinates.  Be thoughtful and considerate.

Ironically, the athletes we respect are the athletes that portray respect.  When interviewed, you can see the respect that is given to the game and the opponent.  They put others up instead of putting them down.  These athletes, the LeBron James', Tiger Woods', Lionel Messi's exhibit respect when in the public eye.  We at the Rush should not act any different.  So, Staff, Coaches and Player, let the Rush be known for our professional and respectful behavior on and off the field.

Thank you.  Tim Schulz, President.

What are two Rush soccer players doing playing baseball in the Dominican Republic??

In January, Ben (U16 Nike) and Kirby (U14 Nike) Brazelton accompanied their family along with 7 other church members on a medical mission trip to the 'D.R.'  The draw, outside of missing a week of school, was a chance to help the poorest of the poor and experience how others live in the world.  It was quite the eye opener when the first baseball game they saw was being played with a stick and a baby doll head!  
The medical team ran a clinic for 4 days and saw about 700 people, who otherwise may not have had access to routine health care.  There were three doctors, one being Ben and Kirby's dad, Mike who is a pediatrician at Pediatrics West. Ben and Kirby helped with eye exams and waiting room entertainment all while practicing their Spanish!  One of their favorite parts of the trip was helping to distribute all of the toys and balls that had been donated.
The group slept on air mattresses with mosquito netting, awoke to roosters crowing, took cold showers and had a toilet, although it did not flush!  It was one step up from camping!  They also toured the historical section of Santa Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas, went to the last game of the 'World Series' of the D.R. and spent one day at the beach with many of the friends they had made over the week.  Another highlight was jumping off of a 40 foot cliff into crystal blue ocean.

15, 16, 17 Nike Girls Play in Las Vegas in Red Bull National League
Between the three teams, 12 games were played in the last two and a half days against some of the best teams in the country (including number one ranked teams nationally, past national champions and regional champions).  Overall, the Rush girls, many of whom are in the middle of their high school season which limited time for preparation, won six games, tied three and lost three.  As important as winning, the girls showcased themselves very well in front of many of the hundreds of college coaches in attendance, and represented Colorado Rush with a great deal of class.  There is one more event associated with the Red Bull National League (soon to be renamed Elite Clubs National League) which will take place over Memorial Day weekend in New Jersey.

U-18 Nike Boys 
When Chris Reagan of the U-18 Nike team played games with the bottoms of his game shorts tucked up under the legs of his sliders, he knew he ran the risk of being called 'Diaper Boy' by his opponents or their fans.  But Chris didn't care.  Quite the opposite.  What opponents failed to understand was that when they called him 'Diaper Boy', Chris had won.  He had taken the other team out of their game and more importantly he had succeeded in getting them to announce to everyone present that Chris was an original.  Which Chris Reagan certainly was.  Please click here to read the full press release.

Colorado Rush / Boys Town National Hotline Partnership

Colorado Rush is very proud to announce a new working partnership with the Boys Town National Hotline (1-800-448-3000).  The partnership agreement will provide all Rush members and players with direct access to counseling and referral services, 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.  Click here for the full press release.

Rush Success at Storm Spring Classic
Mark Dougherty's U10 Option 1 boys team, including two guest players from Evergreen, were crowned the competitive U11 Silver Champions at the Storm Spring Cup this past weekend.  After securing permission to play in the tournament normally reserved only for competitive teams U11 and above, the boys went on to become undefeated in their pool play with one tie and two wins.  During their second game, the boys came back from a 3 goal deficit at half time to beat BC Force Barca 6-4, scoring 6 goals in the second half.  In a must win game, they then went on to defeat CO United Red 2-1 in convincing fashion.  Congratulations to the boys for a great start to their season! (team picture below)

Also sharing in the title celebrations were the U13 Nike Boys, who defeated state cup semi-finalists Pikes Peak Rush 2-0 in the final.  Lee Holmes scored the first goal of the final and Liam Noone finished the second half goal that sealed the championship.  Steven Seagraves recorded his second clean sheet of the weekend.  Congratulations to all the 13 Nike Boys for a weekend of well-played soccer. (team picture below)

Chris Salvaggione's journey to the MLS
Please click here to read week 3 of Chris Salvaggione's blog on his journey to the MLS

Click here to view the Spring 2009 Colorado Rush Newsletter

Former Rush Player Helps Reveal New WPS Uniforms

Nikki Krzysik (left) of the Chicago Red Stars modeled the 2009 Chicago Red Stars Jersey at Puma's Unveiling in NYC on Tuesday, Feb. 24th.  Nikki played in the Rush and was instrumental in helping win the 2006 National Championship at the U19 age group.

03.10.09. Today, March 10, 2009, a soccer coach was arrested on charges of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust with a pattern.

The Rush are greatly saddened by this occurrence and are aware that we need to stand alert.

Families, please familiarize yourselves with the Rush Risk Management practices by clicking here.

If any of our players or parents are confused or need a professional counselor to speak to please contact the Boys Town National Hotline, a toll free crisis, resource and referral number for youth and parents.  We have a partnership with Boys Town to provide this trusted resource as a benefit to Colorado Rush children and parents. 

Boys Town National Hotline 

Thank You.  Rush Soccer.

World Cup Wines  2009 Wrap Up
Thanks to the more than 160 people attended this years World Cup Wines event.  The night was filled with great food and even better wine! The silent and live auction items went over very well and the night was a great success.

A BIG thank you to all of the teams, team managers, parents, families and businesses who donated  their time, energy and effort for the greater good of the Club.     

The most creative basket award went to the U12 Girls Nike team, coached by Dorian Barnes.  Their basket was titled 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' which had 2 snowboards, an ipod, a winter jacket and many more mountain essentials.  They will receive a team party for their efforts. 

If you were unable to attend or did not have a chance to purchase the wines that were tasted, you can still do so. 10% of all wine sales will be donated to the Titan Project.  Please click here for the order form.  All orders must be either faxed to the Rush office or emailed by Friday, February 27th, for the Friday, March 6th pick-up.  Don't miss this great opportunity to order some wonderful wines at exceptional prices and help us out in the process. As always, we appreciate your support!

Chris Salvaggione's journey to the MLS
Please click here to read week 2 of Chris Salvaggione's blog on his journey to the MLS.

The Second Week of Rush Nike Friendlies

(Above: BU13)

(Above: BU14)

(Above: GU13)

(Above: GU14 & BU14 Swoosh)

(Above: Members of 90 Academy Boys and Match Officials: Jared Roberts, Paolo DelPiccolo and Zack Foxhoven)
The second week of Nike Friendlies included matches with the 13 and 14 Nike Boys and Girls (with the 14 Swoosh Boys of Pikes Peak subbing in on day one for the PP Rush 14 Nike Girls) from Colorado Rush (Denver) and Pikes Peak Rush (Colorado Springs).  Two full days of soccer included player evaluations for every player participating as well as coaching evaluations for each coach involved.  As with week one of the Friendlies, a specific coaching education session was put on for coaches in attendance following day one's games.  The weekend concluded with a spirited match between the 90 Academy Boys (who are also volunteering as referees for the Friendlies) versus the Rush I Men's team.  The game ended after 98 minutes, 2-2.  The Rush Nike Friendlies come to a conclusion on Sunday March 1 when the 11's and 12's take the field again.

Digital Standards & Protections
Rush coaches, players and parents all utilize the 'digital world' for communication; it is instant, constant and global.  Cell phones, email and the web are utilized daily.  Common everyday forms of communication can come with a risk.  Click here to learn more.

U11 Nike Girls Take First at New Mexico Rush Spring Cup

The U11 Nike Girls played up in the U12 age group throughout the weekend, playing four games; winning 2, tying 1 and losing 1.  The girls showed great heart and determination throughout the tournament, especially in the semi-final game where they came back from a goal down winning in extra time.  Sweet retribution was had in the final game as overtime was needed again to beat the team that they lost to earlier in the tournament.  This was the teams first competitive tournament and they represented Rush to the fullest.  Check back for more updates on this group; there certainly will be more to come!!

Rush Players Sign on the Dotted Line!! 
Click here for more information on the College bound Rush players.

Interview with recently drafted Rush players
Ellen Steiner, parent of Amy from the U19 Nike girls team, recently had a chance to talk to Nikki Krzysik, Chris Salvaggione & Ameera Abdullah regarding their recent drafting into the WPS (Women's Professional Soccer) and MLS (Major League Soccer).  Nikki was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago Red Stars, Ameera  selected 30th overall by FC Gold Pride in the Bay area, and Chris Salvaggione was the 38th overall pick in the MLS Super draft  by the New England Revolution.  Click here to read the full interview.

Please click here to read week 1 of Chris Salvaggione's blog on his journey to the MLS.

Colorado Rush Named to Top Drawer's Top 20 Clubs in America
Colorado Rush, the only Colorado club in the top 20, a week after seeing the boys ranked #28 and girls ranked #8 nationally by Soccer America, has again been recognized by Top Drawer as one of our nation's best.  The girl's side was ranked #19.  The boy's side was ranked #39 (no other Colorado club inside the top 50).  These rankings are different to Soccer America.  This is the first installment of the ClubRank by Top Drawer and points are awarded for full and youth national team call-ups, plus domestic and overseas professional rosters for 2008. Top Drawer will continue to research 2008 college rosters and will add those points to the totals in our next installment.They will then begin counting 2009 points.  These rankings do not give points for state, regional, or national titles. The purpose of these rankings is to rank clubs in the fulfillment of their main goal of developing players for the next level. For the complete lists click here.

Christopher Reagan Memorial Indoor Soccer Tournament
Chris' sister, Laura, is putting together an indoor soccer tournament in Chris's name.  We would like to invite anyone and everyone to participate in this tournament.  Please visit the website or click here for more information about the upcoming fundraising event. 

Also, if you know anyone who would like to donate, there will also be a silent auction held during the tournament.

Rush U10 Girls finish 2nd at Florida's 3v3 World Championships

The U10 Lima Beans from Colorado Rush successfully traveled undefeated through this year's World Championship until the very last game of the tournament.  Losing a hard-fought battle in the Finals 7-5 to the 3-time World Champions from Texas, the Colorado Rush girls showed remarkable composure and skill throughout the entire weekend. The 2nd place honor was truly a well-deserved reward for the team's passion and hard work. Players include Tess Boade, Caleigh Michael, Katelynn Barthel, Hailee Lansville, Amanda Porter, and Molly Ballinger.  The girls are coached by Stacey Michael.


Rush Nike Friendlies Begin at Douglas County Fairgrounds

(above pictures from top: BU11, GU11, BU12, GU12)
The Rush Nike Friendlies is a friendly competition with CO Rush and PP Rush 11-14 Nike boys and girls.  The purpose of the Nike Friendlies is to evaluate players/teams as an entire staff.  The goals thereafter are to use the evaluations to help teams prepare for the spring season, to use the dates as coaching education and to use player evaluations by staff to help individual players.  Another primary goal is to identify the best Rush players in age group(s) and to allow the Colorado Rush staff and Pikes Peak Rush staff to work together as we endeavor to grow 'our club' closer together.  We are one club with two different branches (three now with the inclusion of North Area Rush).  We need to believe this and live this.  It begins with the staff before it can trickle down to players and parents.  The Rush Nike Friendlies are another step in helping us achieve this goal of uniformity and togetherness.

Click here to view the Winter 2008 Colorado Rush Newsletter

Colorado Rush Ranked in top 10 and top 30 Nationally
Soccer America has ranked the Colorado Rush girls #8 in the country and the Colorado Rush boys #28. The Rush girls won a U18 National Championship last year and this year have captured state cup titles at U14, U15, U16. Two Rush players were recently drafted in the new Women's Professional Soccer League. We currently have three Rush girls players in the US Youth National Team pools.

The Rush Boys side had two teams compete at Nationals last summer. The U19's at USYS Nationals and the U18 Academy team U.S. Soccer Development Academy Nationals.  Both teams finished third. The U13's were Regional finalists. One Rush player was drafted two weeks ago in the MLS draft.  We currently have three Rush boys players in the US Youth National Team pools.

For a complete list of girls rankings  click here.

For a complete list of boys rankings click here.

Colorado Youth Soccer Honors State Cup MVP's

CYS hosted its annual MVP breakfast honoring the top performers of this year's State Cup finals.  A group of coaches designated by CYS selected MVP's for each finalist in which 5 Rush players were recipients of this award.  Congratulations goes out to Morgan Stanton (U14 G), Cameron Mohseni (U15 B), Lindsey Horan (U15 G), Molly Poletto (U16 G) and BJ Heffernan (U17 B) not only for this individual honor but also for achieving the ultimate team goal of winning a state championship.  The players were accompanied by coaches Brian Schultz, Andrew Kummer and Wes Hart.

Krzysik and Abdullah Drafted into New Women's Professional Soccer League

Nikki Krzysik and Ameera Abdullah, members of Colorado Rush's U19 National Champions three years ago are soon to be professional soccer players!  Krzysik, selected #13 overall, has anchored the University of Virginia defense for the last few years and Abdullah, selected #31 overall, has been the dynamic component to the University of Florida's attack.  Krzysik is off to play for the Chicago Red Stars and Abdulla is going west coast to play for the FC Gold Pride in the Bay Area.  Stay tuned for more!  Click here to see full list of WPS selections.

Rush Player Chris Salvaggione Drafted by MLS's New England Revolution

Salvaggione (Sal), a member of the Colorado Rush 86/87 team and has been playing with UNC Charlotte the past four seasons, was drafted #38 in the MLS Super Draft held in St. Louis this past week.  New England will be Sal's next destination.  The draft selection is representative of the fine season Sal had at Charlotte this past season and certainly the years of work he has put towards the game.  If you've followed the web site, then you've seen Sal on it throughout the college season.  Stay tuned for more, but in the mean time, congratulations to Sal on a wonderful accomplishment!  Let the next stage of work begin!

16 Colorado Rush Players and Five Pikes Peak Rush Players Join Rush Soccer Select Teams at Sereno Soccer Classic This Weekend
Rush players representing 11 different states being led by coaches from eight different states travel to Arizona to compete for a Sereno Soccer Classic Championship.  Click here to read the press release from Rush Soccer and to see who is attending from Colorado.  Good luck to the Rush teams and specifically our Colorado players!


The Speedy Midgets,  (Betsy Brandon, Jamie Brunworth, Maren Craig, Jordan DiBiasi and Jastin Redman) all members of the U12 Nike team, recently competed in the 3v3 World Championships in Orlando, Florida.  In pool play they defeated teams from Ohio, North Carolina and Wisconsin.  In the playoffs they posted wins against teams from New Hampshire, Tennessee and Illinois.  In the semifinals they came away with an overtime win against a very strong team from Indiana.  In the finals they faced a very physical team from Pennsylvania and despite a great effort came up one goal short.  The parents and players all shared in an amazing experience while bringing home the second place trophy!!

16 Colorado Rush Players and Five Pikes Peak Rush Players Join Rush Soccer Select Teams at Sereno Soccer Classic This Weekend
Rush players representing 11 different states being led by coaches from eight different states travel to Arizona to compete for a Sereno Soccer Classic Championship.  Click here to read the press release from Rush Soccer and to see who is attending from Colorado.  Good luck to the Rush teams and specifically our Colorado players!

Rush Welcomes Seth Trembly as New Director of Coaching - Junior Boys
Seth has returned to his home here in Colorado from Montreal as he played in the USL Division 1 last year.  Previous to that he had a two year stint with Real Salt Lake of the MLS and a several year run with the Colorado Rapids.  Seth's playing career was kicked off here in Colorado and led him to the U17 National Team where he was part of a semi-final appearance at the U17 World Cup.  Seth is bringing his experience and passion to Colorado Rush and we could not be more excited about having him here.  Please welcome Seth to the Rush family as he prepares to take responsibility for our U13, U14 and U15 boys!

Wes Hart Moves to DOC Academy
The addition of Seth Trembly to the Rush staff has also meant a move for our previous DOC Junior Boys, Wes Hart.  Wes is now Colorado Rush's Director of Coaching - Academy.  Wes will be working up and down both the boys and girls side of our club and will be working with Nike teams of all ages.  We at Colorado Rush are truly excited about these recent movements and know that our entire staff is dedicated to our members and players specifically, both competitive and developmental, enjoying the best season of soccer ever!

Collegiate National Champions
Winning a national championship is a feat that only a few players will ever accomplish, but doing it twice in 5 months : incredible!! That's exactly what two Rush players did. Back in July, Emmalie Pfankuch and Savanna Hanson won a USYSA National Championship as members of the Colorado Rush U-18 Nike team. Then in December, as freshmen on their respective college teams, they won a NCAA National Championship. Pfanny helped the University of North Carolina capture their record 19th Division I National Championship while Savanna and Seattle Pacific University won their programs first NCAA Division II title. We caught up with Pfanny and Savannah while home on winter break, click here to read more!!

Erik Bushey has been named the NSCAA/adidas West Regional Youth Coach of the Year
Please join us in congratulating Erik, our Colorado Rush Technical Director, in his recent recognition asNSCAA/adidas Regional Youth Coach of the Year, for the West region on the girl's side!!!!  Erik has been recognized along with some of the best coaches the nation including former U.S. Menâ's National team star, Tab Ramos.  Regional Coaches of the Year are finalists for the NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year award at their respective levels. The national awards will be announced at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet, which will be held January 16th as part of the 2009 NSCAA Convention.  Click here for the full list of NSCAA coaches of the year. 
Ellen Steiner, parent of Amy from the 89-90 girls Nike team recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Erik, please click here to read more.

Panorama Orthopedics
Colorado Rush is excited to announce a new partnership with Panorama Orthopedics.  Panorama has a team of twenty-three fellowship-trained physicians with specialized training and expertise in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, spine, trauma, foot and ankle, hand and elbow, and total joint.  Please visit to learn more about their physicians and facilities.  If you happen to be in need of their services, please contact Kristin Lundgren 303-986-5200 ext. 141 for more information on priority appointments at one of their three locations in Golden, Littleton and Westminster.


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