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Texas Rush Soccer Camps 2015

The club expanded it’s soccer camp opportunities throughout the summer months and the pre-season period to provide more opportunities for current club members and the local youth player.  Fifteen (15) camps were offered at different sites in The Woodlands, Spring, Montgomery and Kingwood communities.  Eight (8) new camps were introduced based upon the demand and improvement that needed to be made from last year’s camp program.

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The club would like to thank all the current camp sponsors that have provided fantastic support throughout the summer and pre-season period:  HydroPools, Global Shop Solutions, La Bikina, Panther Creek Family Dentistry, Elements Massage and Bikeland.

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“After reviewing last year’s camp program it became very obvious from the feedback received that there was a need to expand the number of camps within The Woodlands area along with our two new areas of operation in Montgomery and Kingwood.  To put 1,689 kids through our camp program which is an increase of 389 players from the previous year shows that there is a high demand for quality soccer camps.  Thanks to all the players that registered for our 2015 camps and we look forward to seeing you next year.”  Jamie Bell, Director of Coaching – Kingwood / Camp Director.

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Rush Cup 2015 Sponsored By Powerade Hits Record Breaking Numbers

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The Texas Rush Soccer Club hosted 272 teams in it’s annual Rush Cup Tournament sponsored by Powerade this last weekend using 13 local competition sites and 38 soccer fields to raise money for the club’s scholarship fund.  Over 4,000 players were hosted in The Woodlands and Conroe over a 48 hour period.  The tournament entered the 11th year and has raised approximately $500,000 in scholarship revenue within this time period.

The following Rush teams won in the tournament:

Champions – 02/03 Girls Azul
Stuart Taylor  – Head Coach
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Champions – U12 Boys Rush Pool (final to be played in training)
Steven Grave/Krisztian Mikoczi – Head Coaches
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Champions – 03 Boys Pre-Academy
Nigel Vaughan – Head Coach
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Champions – 04B Boys Cinza Black
Chris Hutton – Head Coach
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Champions – U15 Boys TEPAL
Steven Grave – Head Coach
U16/17 Boys Open

Champions – Montgomery Boys 03/04
Jason Budd – Head Coach
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Champions – 06/07 Girls Rush 
Adam Starr – Head Coach
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“I would like to thank everybody associated with the event for their help over the weekend.  To have 13 sites, 38 fields and over 4,000 players involved takes an army of people to execute an event of this size.  Without the fantastic volunteer support that helps throughout this specific weekend, the club would not have been able to raise more than $500,000 in scholarship support over the last ten years.  With the addition of Powerade coming on board as a new partner giving out their free products, this also gave the Conroe site an improved look and feel for the event from the spectator point of view.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive / Tournament Director

The club would also like to thank and recognize their food partners for providing food for the staff, volunteers, coaching staff and referees:

La Bikina, Panera Bread, Jimmy Johns, PotbellyWings ‘n More and Lennys

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Bubacarr Jobe – Signs Professional USL Contract With Toronto FC

The Texas Rush Soccer Club is pleased to announce that former standout player Bubacarr Jobe just recently signed a USL contract to play for Toronto FC.  Bubacarr played for the USSDA Boys from 2012-13 (two seasons), providing a pivotal role in the team’s success.  Bubacarr Jobe came from Bakau, a town on the Atlantic coast of Gambia to join the Texas Rush in August 2011.

“Bubacarr is an athletic midfielder that can aid our team both in attack and defensive areas of the pitch,” said Toronto FC II Head Coach Jason Bent.  “He has spent time with us on trial and displayed qualities both on and off the pitch that we are looking for in a soccer player.”

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“In Buba’s time with the club he became an embodiment of our core values.  He tackled numerous adversities with tenacity while simultaneously sharing his passion, leadership and enjoyment for the game throughout the club.  Personally, I could not be more pleased that he has reached his goal to be a professional player and I am equally as pleased by the way he handled his adverse journey.  Thank you Buba for the incredible impact you have had on the players and coaches of the Texas Rush Soccer Club!”  Dave Dengerink, Director of USSDA / Player Development

The club asked Buba some questions about his career so far:

Q.  Describe the feeling of signing your first professional contract?

A. It is so amazing to see one of your dreams actually coming true so I am extremely happy.

Q.  What are your goals now that you have signed for Toronto?

A. From now on I am just going to take each day as it comes, one step at a time and try to be the best I can be each day.

Q.  What was the hardest thing you encountered in becoming a professional?

A.  Getting up each day and working through my ACL injury.

Q.  If you were to give other Texas Rush players some advice about making it in the professional game, what would that advice be?

A. It takes hard work and being consistent on whatever task that your coaching staff asks you to do. You also have to be a good teammate with the other players around you.  Any day you have a chance to practice as a professional player, there is always something to improve on.  You must take the advice given to you positively and always be willing to learn.

Q. What’s your professional training schedule like? How many times do you train per week?

A.  We train Tuesday – Friday, we play games on Saturday, Sunday is a recovery day and Monday is off.

Q.  What are some of the differences from playing in the USSDA vs. playing as a professional?

A. One of the main differences is in the academy the coaching staff know that you are learning.  In becoming a professional, it’s all 
about consistency and they expect you to know how to play already most of the time.

Q.  Who and what has helped you on the way to becoming a professional?

A. My family, friends and Texas Rush have helped me through this process to become a professional player.  I am very appreciate of all the help and advice.

Q.  What’s your favorite position and what position do you think Toronto will ask you to play?

A.  My favorite position is in a forward role or right midfield.  I will be asked to play right midfield for Toronto FC.

Q.  In terms of your personality and playing ability, what do you offer Toronto?  What are your attributes?

A. Since now I’m officially one of the team, I’ll do my best every day on and off the field and be the best I can be when I represent the club.

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“I am very excited to have signed a professional contract for Toronto FC.  It’s always been a dream of mine to play soccer (football) and I will continue to work very hard to improve myself as a player and I look forward in representing the club.”  Bubacarr Jobe, Toronto FC Player / Texas Rush Alumni

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Texas Picture Day Partnership 2015-16

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The club is very excited to renew their partnership agreement with Texas Picture Day.  Texas Picture Day – the leaders in sports, schools, special events in photography.

Contact Bree at (281) 404-5042 for all your personal, team, group professional photography.

“It’s great news to have Texas Picture Day dealing with our recreational and competitive team pictures.  They have worked with the club for the last four years and we look forward in providing our teams and families with yet again another year of professional photography options.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations.

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TEXAS RUSH ENTERTAINS ADIDAS TOUR

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The club hosted the BeTheDifferenceTour.com at Bear Branch Soccer Complex on Monday night.  The Skillz Skool Camp and the ECNL players were invited to review the new line of exciting adidas shoes for the coming season.

More Information:

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Skillz Skool Sponsored by Panther Creek Family Dentistry

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The Skillz Skool Camp is currently being sponsored by Panther Creek Family Dentistry at Bear Branch Soccer Complex.  The camp lasts for three weeks from July 6 – 23 and is offered Monday – Thursday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

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Remaining Summer Camps:

Goalkeeper Camp – July 11, 18 & 25

Ages 7-10 (8:00am-9:15am) or Ages 11-15 (9:30am-10:45am)

The Woodlands Township Camp – July 27-30

Ages 3-5 (6:30pm-7:30pm) or Ages 6-12 (6:30pm-8:30pm)

Pre-Season Camp – Week 1: August 10-13, 2015; Week 2: August 17-20

Ages 8-18

Kingwood Pre-Season Camp – August 17-20

Ages 10-18

REGISTER HERE!

Panther Creek Family Dentistry Contact Information:

Office: 281-419-2405
Fax: 281-419-2407
Email Address: panthercreekdentistry@yahoo.com

Panther Creek Shopping Center
4775 West Panther Creek Drive, Suite B265
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:00am – 3:00pm

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Emily Alvarado – Texas Rush – Women’s World Cup – Mexico

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The Texas Rush Soccer Club interviewed Emily Alvarado on her experience representing Mexico at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada 2015.

“It was a great honor to represent my country as well as the Texas Rush organization. Although it didn’t go as planned, I know my team will grow from this experience and will be better prepared the next time around.  As for me, my commitment to this sport is even greater now and I’m going to work 100 times harder and try to earn a starting spot.”  Emily Alvarado, Texas Rush Soccer Club / Mexico Women’s National Team.

Q.  What were the top five things that were most memorable representing Mexico at the World Cup Finals in Canada?

1. Walking out of the tunnel and seeing all the fans in a sold-out stadium.
2. Scoring our first goal of the World Cup against Colombia.
3. Arriving at the airport in Ottawa and seeing 200 fans waiting for us.
4. Being able to celebrate my birthday and also our debut in the World Cup.
5. Receiving a medal for my participation.

Emily will also be participating in the U20 training camp in Mexico City at the end of this month where she will be playing friendlies again the U.S.A. in preparation for the CONCACAF tournament in December.

“Congratulations to Emily for making the team and representing Mexico at the World Cup.  The drive and ambition that she shows when she trains or plays is outstanding.  She sets very high standards and she’s been an absolute pleasure to coach throughout the year.  Everybody at the club is very proud of her accomplishments and wishes her well for the U20 tournament in December.”  Andy Squire, Director of ECNL.

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Development Academy U-17/18 All-Conference Teams – Jeremy Colvin, Brandon Guhl

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The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has announced its Best XI selections for the three conferences that comprise a total of 77 teams at the U-17/18 level.  Two Texas Rush Soccer players were listed.  See below:

Central Conference:

Goalkeeper: Marcel DaSilva (Shattuck-St. Mary’s).
Defenders: Akeem Ward (Shattuck-St. Mary’s), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Jeremy Colvin (Texas Rush), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana Fire).
Midfielders: Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder Academy), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo).
Forwards: Brandon Guhl (Texas Rush), Nash Popovic (Vardar), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Fire).

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U16 ECNL – Redmond, WA

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The U16 ECNL girls will compete in the Elite Clubs National League Showcase from June 25-30 at 60 Acre Park in Redmond, WA.

Elite Clubs National League 2014-2015 Playoffs

Texas Rush ECNL U16 vs. Boston Breakers Academy ECNL U16

Won 5-1

Scorer(s): Jazmin Grant (2), Kim Rodriguez, Darbey Hargrove, Maddie Guerra.

Continental FC Delco ECNL U16 vs Texas Rush ECNL U16

Tied 1-1

Scorer: Katy Lawrence
(Won on Penalty Kicks: Kelsey Brann – GK saved two; Kim Rodriguez, Mollie Bond, Erynn Johns, Darbey Hargrove scored.)

FC Bucks ECNL U16 vs. Texas Rush ECNL U16

Won 3-0

Scorer(s): Kim Rodriguez, Erynn Johns, Maddie Guerra.

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Texas Rush ECNL U16  vs. Sporting Blue Valley ECNL U16

WON 2-0 – CHAMPIONS!

Scorer(s): Kim Rodriguez (2)

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Squad Selected:  Christina Artega, Moiile Bond, Kelsey Brann, Jazmin Grant, Maddie Guerra, Darbey Hargrove, Abi Janszen, Erynn Johns, Katie Lawrence, Sophie Manibo, Kate McCullough, Kimberly Rodriguez, Sidney Runeberg, Isa Sanabria, Brianna Woodall, Erin Kaltenbaugh

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Texas Rush GK Coach – US Men’s National Paralympic Team

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The Texas Rush Soccer Club is extremely proud of Coach Keith Johnson (GK Coach – 93 National Team Caps) who just finished competing with the US Men’s Paralympic National Team at St. George’s Park, England in the Cerebral Palsey Football World Championships 2015.

The Championships took place from Saturday 13th June – Sunday 28 June 2015 and saw the 16 qualifiers from around the world compete for the title to become World Champions. This tournament comes with an added incentive as it is also the main qualification tournament for the 2016 Paralympic Games, taking place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

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vs. England (Lost 10-0)

vs. Venezuela (Won 3-0)

vs. Brazil (Lost 6-0)

vs.  Holland (Lost 2-1)

vs. Scotland (Won 3-1)

vs. Argentina (Won 4-1)

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“It has been an incredible experience to be apart of this team. This is the first time that we have qualified back-to-back for the Paralympics. Having the opportunity to represent my country has always been a dream come true. I would like to also acknowledge the handwork and dedication of our coaches. Without them, we wouldn’t have the success we do.”  Keith Johnson, US Men’s National Paralympic Team Player / Texas Rush GK Coach.

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