Spring Season Success – 9th Annual Copa Lonestar Tournament 2017

Teams competed in the 9th Annual Copa Lonestar Tournament during February 18-19, 2017 (San Antonio, TX).

 Texas Rush 06G Black – CHAMPIONS!
Coach Name: Chris Davis
Record: 3W – 1T – 0L

Texas Rush 05G Blue – CHAMPIONS!
Coach: Andrew Squire
Record: 4W – 0T – 0L

Texas Rush 04G Blue – CHAMPIONS!
Coach: Andrew Squire
Record: 4W – 0T – 0L

Texas Rush 03G – CHAMPIONS!
Coach: Milton Arraez
Record: 4W – 0T – 0L

Texas Rush Kingwood 06B Blue – FINALISTS!
Coach: David Hubbard
Record: 1W-3T-0L

Texas Rush Kingwood 06B Black – CHAMPIONS!
Coach: Trey Tesno
Record: 4W-0T-0L

Texas Rush Kingwood 03G – FINALISTS
Name: Dale Darling
Record: 2W-2T-0L

Texas Rush 03B Nero – FINALISTS!
Coach: Mike Czarnecki
Record: 1W-2T-1L

Texas Rush 06B Rush Black – FINALISTS!
Coach: Bogdan Onut
Record: 2W-1T-1L

Texas Rush 06B Rush Blue – CHAMPIONS!
Coach: Mike Czarnecki
Record: 3W-1T-0L

Texas Rush 03B Rush – CHAMPIONS!
Coach: Radojica Ristic
Record: W4-T0-L0

Texas Rush 06G Rush Blue – FINALISTS!
Coach: Andrew Squire
Record: 2W – 0T– 2L

“The tournament was a very productive event as it gave the teams some valuable playing time prior to their regular Spring season. It was great to see the teams above doing exceptionally well and gaining success.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive.

Kaela Davis – Texas A&M Corpus Christi

The club is very excited to announce that Kaela Davis has committed to Texas A&M Corpus Christi (NCAA Div. I) to play collegiate soccer for fall 2017.  Texas A&M Corpus Christi is a member of the Southland Conference

“I am so excited to have committed to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and look forward to challenge of playing for them in college. I want to thank Texas Rush for organizing the College Combine and everything they have done to help me along the way.  Go Islanders!”  Kaela Davis, ’98 ECNL Girls.

“It’s fantastic news that Kaela has committed to Texas A&M Corpus Christi after being seen at the college combine that we hosted at the end of January.  The club decided to add a combine feature to our Jnr. ECNL / Winter Festival event and we invited college coaching staff to attend.    It was very successful and the feedback gained was extremely encouraging.  It’s great to see Kaela move on to college and we’ll enjoy watching her compete as an NCAA student-athlete.”  Darron Rush, Head Coach, ’98 ECNL Composite Girls.

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.

Dynamos Puma Cup 2017

04G Nero Black Team – Champions!

Coach: Bryan Shipp

Record: 2-2-0

07 Girls Nero Team – Finalists!

Coach: Phil Ebner

Record: 2-2

07 Boys Nero Team – Finalists!

Coach: Chris Kidd

Record: 3-1

Kingwood 06B Blue – Champions!

Coach: David Hubbard

Record: 4-0

Texas Rush Kingwood 05G Blue – Finalists!

Coach: Jamie Bell

Record: 3-1-0

Montgomery 05B Rush Blue – Finalists!

Coach: Jason Budd

Record: 3-1

04G Rush Black – Finalist!

Record: 1-2-1

Coach: Michael Openshaw

“We’re extremely proud of the efforts of our players, and must thank the parents for giving up an entire weekend to allow their children this opportunity to compete. It was a valuable learning experience for them.” Phil Ebner, Director of Coaching – Youth Academy.

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.

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Community Outreach Program – February 2017

The club were involved in their latest Community Outreach event at the 5th Annual Kids Running for Kids Race on February 4th at Town Green Park.  Over 1,000 kids were taking part in the event and Rush Rhino was also present to join in with all the festivities.

If you’re interested in having Rush Rhino (mascot) appear at your next event, please feel free to contact Stuart Taylor, Director of Community Outreach at

Community Outreach Program sponsored by Marble Slab Creamery @ Cochran’s Crossing (Research & Gosling in The Woodlands)

If you wish to find more information about partnering with the club to market your products and services, please contact Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations at

Global Shop Solutions – Texas Rush Soccer Club 2017

The club is very excited to announce that Global Shop Solutions (GSS) has renewed their partnership with the club for the 10th year running (longest serving partner in club history).  They will partner and support the Soccer Camp Program – The Woodlands and R.E.A.C.H (Rush Equipment Assisting Children) throughout 2017.

Established in 2002, Rush Equipment Assisting Children is an amazing program that allows every Rush player to make a difference. By collecting used soccer equipment and uniforms from Rush players the REACH program redistributes them to underprivledged children around the nation and the globe.  Last year the club shipped 400 pounds of used soccer equipment to Trinidad & Tobago.  Over 2,000 players attended our camp program from the ages of 3-18.

“Its fantastic news that Global Shop Solutions are partnering with the club for the 10th year running. I would like to personally thank the Alexander family for their tremendous support they have provided over the years.  They have hosted coaching staff, helped support events and volunteered to coach in the Recreational Program.  The company truly understands how important soccer is to the local community for children.  It’s about partnering with fantastic people that share the same caring values where children are concerned.  We look forward to another great year.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.


“We are very excited to partner with the Texas Rush Soccer Club for the 10th year running. They have first class facilities and provide a soccer program which caters for all kids and ability levels. We look forward to another great year with our renewed partnership.”  Dusty Alexander, Global Shop Solutions, President/CEO.

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.

Houston Express NRG Power Cup 2017

The club took multiple teams down to the Houston Express NRG Power Cup 2017 to play some early Spring competition with our Youth Academy and competitive teams.

Youth Academy
09 Boys – Champions!
09 Girls – Champions!
08 Girls – Finalists
08 Boys – 3rd Place

Games Played – 15
Games Won – 11
Goal Scored – 74

Competitive Branch:

07 Girls Black – Champions!

Texas Rush Kingwood 03G – Champions!

Texas Rush Kingwood 05B – Runners Up

03 Boys Azul – Runners Up

“This was a tremendous weekend for our Youth Academy program. We’re proud of the efforts of all these young players, and must thank the parents; whose continued support and representation of our club is magnificent.”  Phil Ebner, Director of Coaching – Youth Academy.