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U18 Boys DA Dominate MLS Houston Dynamo To Win 3-0

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The U18 Boys DA (16-5-2, nationally ranked #9 ) continued their outstanding season with a very convincing win vs. Houston Dynamo U18 Boys DA (16-3-4, nationally ranked #5 ) 3-0 on Saturday, April 31 at Houston Dynamo.  The team has already qualified for the play-offs and with this result it now extends the team to a nine game unbeaten streak.

Scorer(s): Brandon Guhl (2), Jorge Zamarron (1)

** Brandon Guhl ranked 9th in the country with 15 goals from 22 games (U18 DA Boys)

** Kevin Flores ranked 9th in the country with 16 goals from 23 games (U16 DA Boys)

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“This team continues to compete at high levels and find ways of getting results which a great sign at this time of the year.  They are a very focused group and continue to be very disciplined in their approach on game day.  To beat another MLS academy team away from home is an outstanding result and is a great reflection on the continued progress this team continues to make.”  Alex Cardenas, U18 DA Head Coach.

U18 ECNL Season Finishes Strong With Hard Fought 1-0 Victory

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The U18 ECNL finished their youth soccer club careers off in convincing style with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Lonestar Soccer Club at Bear Branch Soccer Complex.  The winning goal was scored by Grace Piper.

“It was great to see these young ladies close out the season with a very positive result.  I would like to personally thank them for their commitment and sacrifice in completing their final season.  It was an honor to coach them this year and the club very much looks forward to following them in their academic and soccer endevours at the collegiate level.  We wish them all the very best for the future.”  Darron Rush, U18 ECNL Head Coach.  

Texas Rush Host Dynamo Dash Player – Janine Beckie

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The club hosted the Houston Dash at Bear Branch soccer complex on Wednesday night with Janine Beckie (Forward) on hand to answer questions from players and parents.

Janine spoke to over 150 Rush players and 75 parents about her journey to becoming an international player (Canadian National Team) and a current professional player with the Houston Dash.

She mentioned that her success was down to the following aspect of her youth:

  • Training multiple times per week outside of regular team training including training with and against boys to improve her technical speed and decision making.
  • Overcoming disappointments and adversities such as being on a ‘B’ team at U13, being one of the weakest players on her team when she was young and being cut from the National Team right before the Women’s World Cup.
  • Having very supportive parents that helped her benefit from multiple opportunities and encouraged her to eat healthy.

Janine also scored a goal at BBVA Stadium less than two weeks ago to help the Houston Dash beat the Chicago Red Star and today she was taking the time to help our young players aspire to reach new heights.  A tremendous role model!

Name: Janine Beckie, #11 Forward
HT: 5′ 8″
Age: 21 (08/20/1994)
Birthplace: Littlejohn, Colorado
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Selected with the eighth pick overall in the 2016 NWSL College Draft

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“Having a professional player like Janine visit the club during training is a great opportunity for our players to see and hear what sacrifices it takes to reach the top. Janine developed as a soccer player in the Rush environment and lived the core values we hold our players to every day. When our young female players hear first hand from a professional player like Janine how beneficial training in different environments can be, such as training with boys and older players, it has a huge impact on their commitment to reach the next step on the ladder.”  Andrew Squire, Director of Coaching – Pre ECNL.

Spring Community Outreach Program – Shadow Forest Elementary in Kingwood

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The club’s Community Outreach Program brought to you by Marble Slab Creamery – Cochran’s Crossing along with ‘Rush Rhino’ recently visited with over 600 pupils at the Shadow Forest Elementary School in Kingwood from April 27-29, 2016.  The Community Outreach Program works with youth groups in providing a fun, age appropriate soccer curriculum in the local communities throughout Houston.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic to have the opportunity to work with all students over the three day period.  We have provided lots of fun games and activities for the children which helps to connect them to the game of soccer.  I would like to thank the school and our coaching staff for their efforts throughout the week and we look forward in possibly coming back in the near future.”  Stuart Taylor, Community Outreach Program Director.

Community Outreach Program information – please contact Stuart Taylor at staylor@texasrush.com

“The club is continually adding more soccer programming to the Kingwood area.  The demand for a professionally ran soccer club is very evident for both boys and girls.  Expanding the Community Outreach Program into the Kingwood area will provide more visibility for people who are looking for a club that can provide a full comprehensive soccer curriculum.”  Jamie Bell, Director of Coaching – Kingwood.  

For Texas Rush – Kingwood Soccer Program information (boys / girls) – please contact Jamie Bell at jbell@texasrush.com or click here

Boys DA And TEPAL Maintain High Standards

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The DA & TEPAL Boys Program entertained Dallas Texans Soccer Club in the following age groups and picked up some very positive results on home soil at Bear Branch Soccer Complex April 23-24, 2016.

Development Academy:
U18 vs. Dallas Texans (Win 6-1)  Scorers:  Alex Reyes (2), Brandon Guhl (2), Jorge Zamarron (2)

U16 vs. Dallas Texans (Tie 1-1)  Scorer:  Kevin Flores

U14 vs. Dallas Texans (Won 4-1)  Scorer:  Tony Bazan (2), Jesus Frias, Cameron Phillips

TEPAL:
U15 vs. Dallas Texans (Lost 3-4)  Scorers: Alex Rincon (2), Eric Gallaga

U13 vs. Dallas Texans (Won 3-0)  Scorers: Eric Nino, Charly Aguilar, Jaime Pineda

Texas Rush Hires Youth Academy Director – Phil Ebner

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The club is very excited to welcome back Phil Ebner back on a full-time basis as the Director of Coaching – Youth Academy.  He will be in charge of the U8-U10 age groups (boys / girls) within the club and will replace Adam Starr who is relocating to Denver, CO.

“It is an honor to be back at Texas Rush in a Director’s role, and a pleasure to be serving our members in the grass roots developmental programs. As the club continues to evolve and expand, we will continue to strive to provide the best youth soccer programming in the nation and look forward to the future.”  Phil Ebner, Director of Coaching – Youth Academy

“We are very excited to welcome Phil back on staff full-time with the Youth Academy which is a vitally important age group within the club in terms of player development.  He will be a great asset and a superb addition to our staff.  I would also like to recognize and thank Adam Starr who has had this role in the club for the last two years and wish him and his family the very best for the future.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive.

Texas Rush U12 Boys Rush Pool Group Striving For Excellence

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The U12 Boys Rush Pool group is continuing to make very positive strides this year and have a very bright future within the club.

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“The U12 Boys Rush pool group has had another outstanding season. The blue team has mathematically won the USC ‘A Bracket’ with two games still yet to play. The black team currently sits tied in second place, also in the USC ‘A Bracket’.  A tremendous achievement for the overall pool group. The boys have shown that they are on the right developmental path with the consistent quality they show in training and games.  There is a lot of promise for next year’s U12 Development Academy.”  Steven Grave, Director of Coaching – Pre-Academy.

Texas Rush Golf Outing 2016

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Winners – Louis Flory, Jerrid Payton, Nic Milito, Bryan Daniele
shot 49 to win the Bob Bennett Award for the lowest score.

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The club hosted it’s annual Golf Outing 2016 at Woodforest Golf Course on Thursday, April 14 with great success.  Over 140 golfers participated in near perfect weather.  The event offered the following fun activities:

  • Longest Drive – Hole #6 (Men & Women)
  • Big Hitter “Rhino Drive” – Hole #10 (Bobby Bradley – 9 Time World Longest Drive Finalist)
  • Longest Putt – Hole #18 (Men & Women)
  • Goal In One – Hole #18
  • Hole In One Contest – Hole #9
  • Lowest Team Score
  • Highest Team Score
  • Yellow Ball Contest
  • Silent Auction (20+ items)
  • Live Auction (4 items)
  • Raffle (40+ items)

The club would like to thank the following sponsors:

Golf Committee Members:

Stacey Knox, Carrie Navarro, Sara Krach, Lynn Bennett, Adam Starr, Michael Quinn, Stephanie Hudson, Nigel Vaughan, Ursula Masters, Jose Palafox, Jill Hunter, Yeiny Perla, Darron Rush, Diego Lopez-Videla & Simon Boddison.

“On behalf of the club and the golf committee I would like to take the opportunity to thank the following groups for their support: golf participants, sponsors, golf team reps, team managers, volunteers, coaching staff, Rush administration, Bobby Bradley (big hitter) and Woodforest Golf Course in making the event a tremendous success.  It takes a huge amount of people to pull an event this size together and to deliver a first class product.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations

 

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Texas Rush Earn Home Results vs. Colorado Teams

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The club picked up three excellent wins out of four games played against tough opposition in Colorado Rush / Real Colorado at Bear Branch Soccer Complex, The Woodlands, TX this last weekend.

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vs. Real Colorado (Won 4-3) Scorer(s): Koby Carr, Jorge Zamarron, Brandon Guhl, Alex Reyes

vs. Colorado Rush (Won 3-1). Scorer(s): Koby Carr, Brandon Guhl, Payton Miller

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vs. Real Colorado (Lost 0-5)

vs. Colorado Rush (Won 5-0) Scorer(s): Danny Cabrera, Jesus Frias, Kevin Flores 2, Michael Guzman

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“The Staff is very pleased with the spirit within the program right now. There has been a tremendous amount of growth in a number of our young players and they are responding to adversities with a very positive mentality.”  Dave Dengerink, Director of Coaching – Development Academy / Player Development. 

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Texas Rush Boys Compete In Italy

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Three Texas Rush Boys (Lucas Hickey, Eddie Winstanley and Andy Davison) were part of the Rush Select group that competed in Italy from March 20 – 29, 2016 traveling specifically to Milan, Como, Florence, Lucca and Montecatini Terme.  They also visited the home of Inter Milan and AC Milan (San Siro Stadium).

Trip Details:

  • The boys had a training session in Florence with the Italian Soccer Federation Coaching Staff
  • Watched a Seria B game between Livorno and Pro Vercelli
  • The two Rush teams that were formed participated in the 4-day soccer tournament (u13) in Montecatini Terme
  • Twenty four (24) teams participated, twenty two (22) from Italy and two (2) from the United States

Results: Virginia Rush (Lucas Hickey) – 13th place

3/25 Virginia Rush 0 – Fiorentina 4
3/26 Virginia Rush 1 – Lombardia 1
3/27 Virginia Rush 0 – Sestese 1
3/27 Virginia Rush 1 – Tor Tre Teste 0
3/28 Virginia Rush 2 – Lucchese 0

Results:  Colorado Rush (Eddie Winstanley and Andy Davison) – 19th place

3/25 Colorado Rush 1 – Spezia 4
3/26 Colorado Rush 0 – Tor Tre Teste 1
3/27 Colorado Rush 1 – Tau Calcio 0
3/28 Colorado Rush 4 – Juventus 2 (PKs) 0:0 at the end of regulation time

“I really enjoyed the experience and scoring a penalty against Juventus was great.”  Eddie Winstanley

“I really enjoyed the trip to Italy. It was a great learning experience, and it was lots of fun. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I would do it again if I had the chance.”  Lucas Hickey

“Traveling around Italy playing soccer was awesome, but beating Juventus on penalty kicks to finish the tournament was the best part.”  Andy Davidson

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