Koby Carr – U18 U.S. Men’s National Team

Koby Carr (U-18 DA Boys) recently returned from his international trip to Europe after representing the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, April 24-28 in Trnava, Slovakia.  The club asked Koby a few questions in regards to his experience.

Q.  What was the most enjoyable part of the trip?

A.  I think the most enjoyable part of the trip was not only representing my country, but also being around players who have the same aspirations in the game of soccer as I do.

Q:  What were the three main things that you took away from this trip?

A.  Three main things I took away from this trip were: you can always work harder even if you are the hardest worker, I must improve my technical ability to get to the next level and I need to study and understand all of the positions I play in order to become a complete player.

Q.  What were the main challenges that you faced throughout the trip?

A.  The main challenges I faced when playing in this camp was the speed of play and knowing where the next pass should go when the ball came to me.  The pace of the game was much higher than I was used to and I had to adapt to it when I started my first game against Hungary.  In cooperation with the speed of play, my understanding of where the ball needed to go next when it came to my feet was a whole other challenge.

Q.  If there was one thing that stood out that you will never forget from your experience, what was it?

A.  The one thing that stood out to me during this international call up was that although I may think I am a good player, there are other players out there who have better aspects in their game in which I need to match. Whether it be from my country or another, there will always be a player better than me, which means I need to train harder and harder everyday in order to catch that player.

Q. How can the things you have learned on the trip now translate or help you move forward positively as an individual player or for your club team?

A.  With the things I have learned from this camp, I feel that I can help my club by pushing my teammates to the level that this camp pushed me.  Now that I have an understanding in what it takes to become a national team player, I can now help my teammates reach the level that it takes to become one.

Q. What’s your personal goal for the next 12 months?

A.  My personal goal for the next 12 months is to be called back into the national team and to lead this year’s and next year’s team to the playoffs.  In order for me to take this initiative, I must work harder than anybody on and off the field.  Whether it be from putting the right nutrients in my body, or to scoring goals, I will lead my team to success.

Q. If you have any advice to a younger player in the club, what would it be?

A.  If I had to give any advice to a younger player, I would say that you have to work harder than all of the teammates around you and you have to give up things in life in order to become successful.  I have had to give up a great amount of things in my life, but all of the sacrifices I have made have allowed me to become the player and person I am today.

“This was definitely an experience of a lifetime that I could not have obtained without the help of Texas Rush and its staff. Texas Rush has not only built me as a player, but as a person as well. Rush has taught me how to deal with difficulties in life and how to handle them. The club has also taught me how to face challenges and adversities in which I needed for this call up. If I did not have this soccer club in my life, I don’t know where I would be.”  Koby Carr, U18 DA Boys / U18 U.S. Men’s National Team. 


USA vs. Hungary 1-1 (Tied)
USA vs. Belarus 2-1 (Won)
USA vs. Slovakia 1-1 (Won 4-3 PK’s)
USA Winner of Group B
USA vs. Russia 1-3 Final (Lost)

Koby Carr – U18 U.S. Men’s National Team

The club is very excited to announce that Koby Carr (U18 DA Boys) has been selected for the U.S. U18 Men’s National Team for the trip to the Slovakia Cup on April 24-28 in Trnava, Slovakia.

The USA begins its quest for back-to-back Slovakia Cup titles in Group B along with Hungary, Belarus, and Slovakia.  The U-18 MNT opens the tournament against Hungary on April 24 at 11 a.m. ET, followed by Belarus on April 25 at 11 a.m. ET, and Slovakia on April 27 at 5 a.m. ET.  The U.S. will wrap up the competition on April 28 in either the final or a consolation bracket, pending the team’s finish in Group B.

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“I was extremely excited when I first received the call. It’s very pleasing to see that all hard work and sacrifices have paid off. I am happy to not only represent Texas Rush, but also my country.  I couldn’t be in this situation without Texas Rush.”  Koby Carr, U18 DA Boys.

“It’s fantastic news to see Koby getting called up for the U-18 U.S. MNT.  He’s an outstanding young man that continues to work hard at his game on a daily basis.  Going to play in a foreign country will be a great experience for him as the standard of competition will be very challenging and very educational.”  Alex Cardenas, Head Coach, U-18 DA Boys.

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.

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“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

Michael Perez – Air Force Academy 2017

The club is very excited to announce that Michael Perez has committed to play collegiate soccer and further his education at the Air Force Academy.  Last year the Falcons finished the season 14-7-1 and competed at the NCAA Div. I level.  Perez currently plays for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U17/18.

“I would like to thank Texas Rush for helping me develop myself both as an athlete and person as I move on to this great opportunity.”  Michael Perez, U.S. Soccer Development Academy U17/U18.

“I would like to congratulate Michael being accepted to the very prestigious institution of the Air Force Academy to continue his athletic and academic education.  We’ve had Michael in the club for the past five years and he’s worked tremendously hard and it’s superb to see him move on to the next level and have this great opportunity.”  Alex Cardenas, Head Coach, U18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy.


’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.


Houston Dynamo | Dash Youth Soccer Club




HOUSTON – (Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017) – The Houston Dynamo, Houston Dash, Texas Rush Soccer Club and Space City Football Club have partnered to create a new organization poised to transform the landscape of youth soccer in Houston.

The new partnership is designed to build a unique youth soccer organization that will enhance the experience for players of all skill levels. By combining resources, the organization will be able to provide a full range of programming and a complete pathway for the beginner through to the collegiate and professional levels.

“We are delighted to partner with a successful professional organization like the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash,” said Don Gemmell, Technical Director for Texas Rush Soccer Club. “I believe we have a unique opportunity to build a youth soccer club that does not exist in the Houston market.  It’s a club that will improve player development opportunities for boys and girls at every level and built to compete nationally.”

The newly formed club has more than 5,500 youth soccer players and makes up one of the largest youth soccer clubs in Texas. The club has 3,300 recreational players and 2,200 competitive players competing in 15 Houston-area facilities.

“This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive impact on thousands of young boys and girls,” said Randy Evans, Executive Director of Space City FC. “There is a true sense of commitment from the professional and youth sides to work together to best serve the greater Houston soccer community. We are thrilled to be part of this new path.”

The boys’ division will compete as the Houston Dynamo Youth Soccer Club, and the girls’ division will compete as the Houston Dash Youth Soccer Club. With the merger, the club will be managed by the same leadership groups of the previous clubs.

“We are very excited about this partnership and the many opportunities it creates for the future,” said Dynamo and Dash President Chris Canetti. “As a professional club, we hope we can have a greater impact on growing the game and on individual player development here in Houston. At the same time, we are creating a direct path to the pros for both boys and girls.”

The Dynamo and Dash will provide resources to enhance the experience of the members through an all-encompassing and inclusive programming beginning at the age of 3. The partnership will offer a unified training philosophy, enhanced coaching pool and enhanced standards as set by U.S. Soccer. Additionally, the partnership will facilitate the creation of the Dash Development Academy which was announced last August.

The Dash and Dynamo organization are one of only three in the United States to operate an MLS club, an NWSL club, a boys’ Developmental Academy and a girls’ Developmental Academy. The other two such organizations are the Portland Timbers and Thorns and Orlando City FC and the Orlando Pride.

For additional information, visit DynamoDashYouth.com.


U14 DA Boys Compete In Regional Showcase 2016




The U14 DA Boys traveled north to Westfield, IN to compete in the Development Academy Regional Showcase during October 14-16 with a final record of 2-1.

vs. Indiana Fire (Won 5-0)

Scorers: Adam Cerna (3), Jesus Morin & Erick Lopez

vs. Colorado Pride (Won 5-0)

Scorers: Adam Cerna (2), Julian Perez (2), OG

vs. Chicago Fire (Lost 1-2)

Scorer: Steven Hernandez

“Being part of the DA Program, it enables our young boys to travel and experience playing teams outside of our own Texas conference in other parts of the country.  Facing teams on the road and going away for a weekend of extensive travel is all part of the opportunities that the DA program provides within the club.  Overall, a very satisfying weekend for the boys and a great learning experience which will help the team mature and move forward in a positive fashion.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive / U14 DA Head Coach.


Boys DA / Girls ECNL – June Showcase Events 2016




Both the DA (Boys) and ECNL (Girls) have just completed their last event of the season in Oceanside, CA (Girls) and in Frisco, TX (Boys).

U14 DA Boys:

vs. Santa Cruz Won 5-0 Scorers: Jesus Frias (2), Christian Coria, Cameron Phillips, Enrique Ortiz

vs. Weston Won 2-0 Scorers: Jesus Frias (2)

vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy Tied 2-2 Scorers: Anthony Bazan (2)

 U16 DA Boys:

vs. St. Louis Gallagher Lost 2-4 Scorers: Alexis Calzada, Frankie Garcia

vs. Weston Won 2-0 Scorers: Kevin Flores, Michael Guzman

vs. Clearwater Chargers Tied 1-1 Scorers: Cameron Phillips

U18 Boys DA:

vs. Nomads Lost 0-1

 Georgia United Tied 2-2 Scorers: Jorge Zamarron, Brandon Guhl

vs. Michigan Wolves Tied 4-4 Scorers: Jorge Zamarron (3), Brandon Guhl

“All the DA teams finished playing in Dallas and had the opportunity to compete in three competitive games at the final event of the year at Toyota Soccer Center, Frisco, TX (FC Dallas).  It was pleasing to see an abundance of college coaches and US National Coaching Staff present to watch our players play through the event.”  Dave Dengerink, Director of Coaching – DA / Player Development.



vs. Pleasanton Rage Lost 0-1

vs. Ohio Elite Lost 0-1

vs. FC Wisconsin Eclipse Won 1-0 Scorer: Paloma Martinez


vs. SC Del Sol Tied 1-1 (Won 3-2 on PK’s) Scorer: Ana Helmert

vs. Penn Fusion Lost 2-0

vs. Ohio Elite Soccer Academy Tied 1-1 (Won 4-3 on Pk’s) Scorer: Ana Helmert


vs. Tophat Lost 1-0

vs. De Anza Lost 3-0

vs. Matchfit Lost 3-0

“The event provided yet another valuable experience to play in a national event watched by hundreds of college coaches from around the country.  The club will continue to attend these showcases to provide opportunities for the players to be recruited and be placed in college.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.


Boys Development Academy Finishes The Season Unbeaten In Colorado



The U18 & U16 Boys DA traveled to play their final league games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Denver, CO vs. Colorado Rapids (MLS opponent) and came away unbeaten on the road.

The U16 Boys DA won 2-1 (Scorers: Guzman, Carr) and the U18 Boys DA tied 3-3 (Guhl, Zamarron 2).

“The boys completed their season in a positive fashion on a long road trip to Colorado.  The U16 DA Boys missed out on a play-off spot by the slimmest of margins and U18 DA Boys finished in third place and will compete in post season play.  We look forward in preparing the groups (U14, U16, U18) for our final event at Toyota Park, Frisco, TX on June 20-26, 2016.”  Dave Dengerink, Director of Coaching – DA / Player Development.  

Texas Rush DA Score Hat-trick Over Houston Texans Soccer Club 3-0



The DA Program had an outstanding day vs. local rival Houston Texans on ‘Senior Day’ winning all three games and not conceding a goal in all three contests.  The following three goalkeepers all had clean sheets – Jorge Cabrera (U18), Oliver Padilla (U16) and Oscar Bravo (U14).

Won 3-0

Texas Rush U18 DA (17-5-2) vs. Houston Texans U18 DA (2-14-9)

Scorer(s): Brandon Guhl, Dadwin Hernadez, Andrew Canales

Conference Standings – ranked #3

Playoffs – ranked #9

Won 3-0

Texas Rush U16 DA (10-8-6) vs. Houston Texans U16 DA (7-13-5)

Scorer(s): Jake Bates, Koby Carr, Jorge Mandujano

Conference Standings – ranked #4

Wildcard Pool – ranked #11


Won 1-0

Texas Rush U14 DA vs. Houston Texans U14 DA

Scorer: Jesus Frias

“A very positive day of results right across the DA Program with some very impressive team and individual performances.  It was also ‘Senior Day’ for some of the U18 boys so a very special occasion.   To go out on top in such a convincing fashion against a local rival was a perfect way to end the home season league play.  The recognition that the teams are now getting on a national basis is very well deserved.”  Dave Dengerink, Director of Coaching – DA