Sarah Piper – U.S. U18 Women’s National Team

The club is excited to announce that Sarah Piper (U17 ECNL) will be brought into the U18 Women’s National Team Training Center from April 15-22 in Chula Vista, California.  U.S. Soccer Development Coach Jaime Frias will run the camp and has called up 24 players, all born in 2000. This group of players is at the start of a two-year cycle as U-18s before transitioning to U-20s in 2019 and will form the core of the group that will eventually attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Full Release

“It’s great news for Sarah and the club that she has been brought back into the national team environment. Our new relationship with US Soccer as part of the Development Academy will ensure more of our players get the same opportunities. We are very proud of Sara and her accomplishments.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.

“I am very excited to be representing Texas Rush at camp this April. It is always an honor, but an even better learning experience to be taught by the staff we have here at camp!”  Sarah Piper, U17 ECNL

’03 ECNL – ECNL Phoenix Showcase 2017

The ’03 ECNL Girls recently returned from Phoenix, AZ after competing in the U14 ECNL Showcase, April 7-9.  The team played three games against quality competition from around the country.  The results were as follows:

Texas Rush 2 vs. Utah Avalanche 3 (L)
Texas Rush 0 vs. Santa Rosa United 0 (T)
Texas Rush 2 vs. FC Nova 1 (W)

Record:  1-1-1

“It was great to see the progress these young players have made this year. In particular, such a strong cohesiveness in the way they defend which has been a focus in training through the winter. Off the field, the girls exemplified our core values of accountability, humility and respect which is equally important when traveling out of state.”   Andrew Squire, Director of Coaching – Jnr. ECNL.


Sarah Piper – U.S. Under-18 WNT Compete In England

Sarah Piper (U17 ECNL) has been selected to the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team that will travel to England from February 15-26 and will play three matches, two against England and one against Norway.

The U.S. team is made up of players born in 2000 and will be playing against its same age group during the three matches. The USA will play England on Feb. 19 and Norway on Feb. 21, both at St. George’s Park, England’s National Training Center, and then finish with a match against England on Feb. 25 that will be played at New Bucks Head in Wellington, which is the stadium for AFC Telford United.

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“It’s fantastic news that Sarah has been selected for the U-18 Women’s National Team that will play in England.  It will be another positive learning experience and great for her individual development.  It’s an incredible opportunity and we wish her every success for the trip.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.

“I am very excited for our next camp in England and blessed to have the opportunity to play with the best soccer players in the country. Thankful to be able to compete against the top players for both England and Norway and I hope to be able to go to the U20 World Cup which our cycle is routed towards!”  Sarah Piper, U.S. U-18 WNT / U17 ECNL.

Club Events – January 2017


Texas Rush Soccer Club hosted the U11 Winter Festival, Houston Jr. ECNL Event and a College Showcase this past weekend utilizing two premier soccer facilities in The Woodlands, TX.

Eighteen (18) of the best teams from Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas attended the U11 Winter Festival.  Over 650 players, coaches and parents enjoyed beautiful weather and first class playing facilities at Gosling Sports Park.
Just 1 mile away, thirty eight (38) teams competed at the Houston Jr. ECNL event hosted at Bear Branch Sports Fields in The Woodlands.  The top U12 and U13 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Florida competed in three days of high-level competition.
Bear Branch Sports Fields also played host to the first Houston Winter Festival College Combine.  Fifty four (54) players, representing 3 Houston soccer clubs showcased their skills for 15 college coaches who were present.

“We always seek the highest level of competition for our players to aid their development as they prepare for the national competition platform. It is great to host the Houston Winter Festival which allows match-ups for each team outside of their regular local competition. I would like to thank all of the attending clubs, coaches, managers and parents for helping to create an environment that was favorable to the development and enjoyment of the players.”  Andrew Squire – Houston Winter Festival Event Director.

“Looking to get players more opportunities to play in front of college coaches is really important to our club. We are extremely proud of the Houston Winter Festival College Combine event in its first year, and could not be happier with the reviews we received from the college coaches and parents that attended.”  Darron Rush — College Combine Director.

“We enjoyed your tournament so much!  The facilities, the organization of the tournament, the competition and our stay in The Woodlands were great. Thanks!”  Ali Patterson – Dallas Sting (Team Manager).

“We are very proud of our ability to host events of such quality in The Woodlands.  It is a testament to our collaborative working relationship with The Woodlands Township and The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau that we can host these type of programs.  The club worked with twelve (12) local hotels that provided outstanding accommodation for our guests and we look forward to planning future programs and events which will bring in further economic impact to our local community.”  Simon Boddison – Director of Soccer Operations.

2018 SAVE THE DATE! Houston Winter Festival will be open to all of the top U10-U13 teams in Texas and beyond.

College Commitments 2017

The club is very excited to announce that the following student-athletes have verbally committed or signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play collegiate soccer for the Fall 2017.

Abi Janszen

Xavier University, NCAA Div. I

“I am excited to play in college,thank you to everyone that helped me on this journey”

Anastasia Helmert

University of South Alabama, NCAA Div. I

“I am very thankful for everyone at Texas Rush”

Erynn Johns

West Point Academy, NCAA Div. I

“I am extremely excited to play at the collegiate level and continue my soccer and academic career at West Point. I can’t wait to improve as a player along side my new teammates.”

Anna Watson

McNeese State University, NCAA Div. I

“I’d like to thank my Mom and Coach Gemmell for presenting me with this great opportunity.”

Azalea ‘Z’ Ayala

North East Texas Community College, NJCAA

“I am excited for my future at NTCC and doing college my way!”

Darbey Hargrove

University of Oklahoma, NCAA Div. I

“I am so excited for my future at Oklahoma and I couldn’t have done it without the support from friends, family and the Rush community.”

Jazmin Grant

University of Houston, NCAA Div. I

“I want to say thank you to my family and Texas Rush soccer for helping me further my love for soccer.”

Katie Lawrence

Texas A&M Corpus Christi, NCAA Div. I

“I am very grateful for this new experience”

Kimberly Rodriguez

Oklahoma State University, NCAA Div. I

“Can’t wait for college!  Love Mom, Dad and Texas Rush.”

Kelsey Brann

University of Tulsa, NCAA Div. I

“I am extremely excited about going to Tulsa. I hope that I can improve the program with my hard work and I look forward to getting a great education.”

Mary Maddison Guerra

University of Louisiana Monroe, NCAA Div. I

“I would like to thank my family and Texas Rush for allowing me to pursue my life long dream.  I’m excited to start this new chapter in my life.”

Taylor Olson

Oklahoma State University, NCAA Div. I

“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to continue my education and soccer career at Oklahoma State University.  I look forward to the next 4 years in Stillwater.  The best is yet to come! Go Pokes!”

Abby McDowell

University of Texas at Dallas, NCAA Div. III

“I am very excited to be able to play soccer for the next four years at the collegiate level.”  

Candace Haney

Union University, NCAA Div. II

“I’d like to thank my coaches, family and teammates for everything they’ve done to prepare me for playing at the next level.  I’m excited to see what God has in store for me at Union.”

Emma Rose Stockton

Queens University, NCAA Div. II

“I’d love to thank my parents, coaches and my Texas Rush family especially Coach Darron for believing in me and taking me to the next level.  To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”  

Isabella Sanabria

Abilene Christian University, NCAA Div. I

“I’m excited to continue my soccer career at ACU and I’m very thankful for everyone who’s helped me get there.”

Lillie Lightsey

William Carey University, NCAA Div. I

“Don’t stress do your best forget the rest”

Destiny Haliburton

Texas Lutheran University, NCAA Div. III

“I am blessed with this opportunity and cannot wait to see what the future holds.  Thanks Mom and Mimaw for never letting me give up!  #GO DOGS!”

Cora Baker

Mary Hardin Baylor, NCAA Div. III

“I’m beyond excited to have the opportunity to play at the next level: something I’ve always dreamed of doing! “

Kylie Stewart

Central Washington University, NCAA Div. II

“I am excited to play at the next level.”

Seth Castillo

Schreiner University


“Extremely blessed and fortunate to have played for Texas Rush to enhance my playing ability and to better myself on and off the field to continue this journey to the next level.”

Jose Chavez

University of Incarnate Word

“I would like to thank the club for the opportunities it has given me, my parents for always supporting me and the coaching staff for guiding and helping me become the player and the young man I am.”

“We are very excited about what the future holds for these aspiring college student-athletes.  Some of these players started with the club at a very young age and have developed though the age groups.  The club is extremely proud of their accomplishments and we will continue to follow them in the collegiate environment as Rush alumni.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / College Advisory Program Director.

A big thank you goes out to our main College Advisory Program partners – Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and The Sport Source.

The club is continuing to work with other prospective student-athletes within the club and will be announced throughout the Spring when their individual cases are complete.

Year In Review 2016

Texas Rush Soccer Club had another outstanding year of results.

Club / Expansions

Membership – 3,250 players

U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy acceptance

Montgomery – new floodlights, Fellowship of Montgomery

Kingwood – multiple playing sites (Insperity Sports Complex), new programming (Youth Academy) & camps

Lents Family Park – GK training site

47 Coaching Staff

DA – Boys

U18 Boys DA – finished 3rd Central Conference (Frontier Division)

Alex Fetterly
Texas Rush U18 DA Boys

Darwin Hernandez
Texas Rush U18 DA Boys
U20 El Salvador National Team

Competitive Boys / Girls

1,252 players

19 teams won their Fall league

19 teams won their Spring league

Rush Select – Lucas Hickey, Eddie Winstanley and Andy Davison

Youth Academy – 310 players, 35 teams

College Advisory Program (30 student-athletes graduated to play college soccer)

Alumni Post Season Competition

NCAA Div. I Men / Women
Mitch Ostrowski – Butler University, Grace Piper – Texas A&M, Michaela Abam – West Virginia University, Cienna Arrieta – Texas A&M

NCAA Div. II Men / Women
Lindsey Washburn – Dallas Baptist University, Allison Katri –Dallas Baptist University

NCAA Div. III Men / Women
Ryan Stinebaugh – Carnegie Mellon University, Alberto Carmona – Kenyon College


Conner Haney – John Brown University

60+ alumni currently playing in college


Sarah Piper
U16 US Girls National Team

Kim Rodriguez
U17 Mexico Women’s National Team

Kelsey Brann
U17 Mexico Women’s National Team

Kelly Rodriguez
Texas Rush U15 ECNL
U15 Women’s National Team Camp

Events / Programs

Rush Cup – 130 teams

3 vs. 3 Winter Blast Tournament – 185 teams

3 vs. 3 Turf Cup – 150 teams

Golf Outing – 144 golfers

Jnr. ECNL Tournament – 40 teams

5 vs. 5 Memorial Day Cup – 50 teams

Rush Festival – Denver, CO (4 teams)

REACH – 367 lbs of equipment shipped to Trinidad & Tobago

Rush Night – 1,500 players / families

TOPS – 25 players

College Advisory Program – 90 registrants

Breast Cancer Awareness Program – donated $10K

U.S. Soccer Performance Center – 30 candidates at Bear Branch

Awards / Recognition

The Lex Frieden Award – Coach Keith Johnson

Rush Award of Excellence – Jackson Goebel (Boys); Sommer Stanley (Girls)

Texas Rush Award of Excellence – Payton Miller (Boys); Grace Piper (Girls)

Bob Bennett Texas Rush Golf Winner – Effex Management Solutions

Award of Outstanding Service – James Simmons (TX Rush President 2007 – 2015)

Financial Aid – $77K

Community Outreach

Communities –  The Woodlands, Conroe, Montgomery, Kingwood, Tomball, Creekside and Huntsville

School Districts – Conroe, Humble and Montgomery  (2,250 kids)

Events – Texas 10 Series (Conroe, Cypress, Huntsville), Kids Running for Kids, Houston Family Magazine Fall Fun Fest, Montgomery Haunted House and Carnival, Run Thru the Woods 2017

(8,500 families)

Corporate Partners

CHI St. Luke’s Health Performance Medicine, adWhite, Springhill Suites, Wings ‘N More, Panera Bread, Global Shop Solutions,, Panther Creek Family Dentistry, Woodforest National Bank, Texas Picture Day, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Sport Source, Enterprise, Shorty’s Plumbing & Drain Doctors, Buckalew Chevrolet, Chevrolet, Northwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Embassy Suites, adidas, The Nelson Company, Bikeland, Effex Management Solutions, Drury Inn & Suites, Marble Slab Creamery, Igi Playground and Bradbury Brothers.

Recreational Soccer

1518 players

177 teams

161 coaches


1,837 registrants

16 camps (6 different venues)

10% increase growth from 2015-16

5 new camps in 2016

Market Training

Girls – Grace Morris, Abigail Koehn, Peyton Graves, Ximena Hammeken, Rylie Graves, Reese Rupe, Ellen Persson, Samone Knight, Alexis Fowlkes, Sydney O’Shea, Sydney Thibodaux, Sophia Dean, Kayla Zimny, Michelle Polo, Madeline Ellis, Ashlyn O’Shea, Krista Peterson, Sara Engles.

Boys – Tony Bazan, Qasir Morton, Cesar Onut, Siddiq Lezzar, Cesar Cordova.

“It has been another great year with further developments across the club, thus expanding our footprint in the Houston soccer community.  We will look to continue to expand our operational areas in 2017 and continue to serve our Texas Rush families with an excellent soccer program.  The youth soccer landscape continues to change yearly and next year will be no different with some new and exciting challenges.”  Don Gemmell, Technical Director.

ECNL Phoenix Showcase 2016

Three ECNL teams traveled to Phoenix, AZ to play in the Phoenix Showcase (Reach Complex), November 11-13, 2016.  Over 200+ college coaching staff were present watching games throughout the event and the club came away with an overall record of 4-3-2.

00 ECNL Girls

Won 2-1 vs. Birmingham United

Lost 1-2 vs. Heat FC

Lost 1-4 vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy


01 ECNL Girls

Won 2-1 vs. Utah Avalanche

Tied 1-1 vs. Atlanta Fire

Tied 0-0 vs. Boca United


98/99 ECNL Girls

Lost 0-4 vs. Real Colorado

Won 2-1 vs. Eclipse Select

Won 3-2 So Cal Blues


“The trip was extremely positive for the ECNL Program.  The complex and playing surfaces were superb, we encountered great competition outside of our regular conference and the teams had many opportunities to play in front of college coaches from around the country.  All three teams performed very well and there was interest for a couple of our players from their respective national team programs.  The club looks forward in continuing to work with the ladies in terms of the college recruiting process.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.


Breast Cancer Awareness – Texas Rush Soccer Club 2016



The club is very proud to announce that they have donated $10,635.00 and presented a check to Erica Johnson, Founder & Executive Director with IGoPink – The Breast Cancer Charities of America (local organization) on Wednesday night at Bear Branch soccer complex.  The program was led by the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) section of the club selling pink shirts throughout the month of October to the club’s membership, family, friends and supporters.  The club increased their donation for the fourth year running.


“First of all, I would like to thank everybody that was associated with the club’s Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser 2016.  We had many people behind the scenes volunteering countless hours in helping to sell, market and raise awareness through the the pink t-shirt campaign.  It’s with great pride that we are able to present a check to IGoPink – The Breast Cancer Charities of America for 2016.  We look forward in supporting this very worthy cause next Fall 2017.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.


“The Breast Cancer Charities of America is honored to partner with the staff and the players of RUSH Soccer in The Woodlands. What amazing work the players pulled together to do to honor and support breast cancer patients in our community.”  Erica Johnson, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Charities of America.


Breast Cancer Awareness – October 2016





Breast Cancer Awareness month of October is quickly approaching and the club is looking to have the color pink prominently displayed across the club.

We invite all Texas Rush players and families to support this cause by purchasing the 2016 “Rush for the Cure” T-shirt. During October, players are encouraged to wear their pink shirts on their team’s first training session each week and before games during their warm up.


One thousand seven hundred shirts (1,700) will be sold as part of the ECNL fundraiser.

All shirts (YXS, YS, YM, YL, YXL, AS, AM, AL, AXL, AXXL unisex fit) are $25.00

“The ECNL Program is very proud to be leading this fundraiser and partnering up with the Breast Cancer Awareness month of October.  This program has rapidly grown over the years and this year will be no different as we’re expecting fantastic membership support for such a worthy cause.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.  



Coach O’Brien U13/14G sold the most shirts (12) and won the $100 voucher to Dicks Sporting Goods in the Recreational area of the club – congrats!

Dick's Sporting Goods Logo 2016

Kelsey Brann – U17 Mexico Women’s National Team




The club is very excited to announce that Kelsey Brann was chosen to represent the U17 Women’s National Team at the following events:

National Team Camp, September 10 – October 21 (Mexico, France & Jordan)

U17 Women’s World Cup, September 30 – October 21 (Jordan)

Team trip to France from September 20 – 26 and will play games vs. Paris-St. Germaine and FCCF Juvissy

World Cup Game #1 vs. New Zealand, September 30 (Jordan)

World Cup Game #2 vs. Jordan, October 3 (Jordan)

World Cup Game #3 vs. Spain, October 7 (Jordan)

U17 Women’s World Cup Game Schedule 2016

“This is an incredible experience that I can’t wait to be part of. This type of event is what I have been training for throughout my years with Texas Rush.  Being on the big stages with my Rush teammates has helped prepare me both mentally and physically for this World Cup. Hopefully, we can pull out the win for Mexico and bring back the 1st place trophy.”  Kelsey Brann, U18 Texas Rush ECNL / U17 Mexico Women’s National Team.

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