Texas Rush Alumni – Edinburgh University WAFC

Katie MacDonald a former Texas Rush player is now pursuing further education opportunities at Edinburgh University, Scotland.  We spoke to Katie and her coach about the experience of studying abroad and playing ‘football’.

“Edinburgh University are the number 1 ranked soccer University in Scotland and 6th in the UK. As a club we are always looking to improve the quality of player every year. This year we have both our 1st and 2nd team in Division 1 after our 2nd team won promotion last season. The 1st team are current Scottish League and Cup Champions and have managed to maintain several players from last season which has helped us to push on further.

In September we welcomed many new players into the club and we are delighted that Katie was interested to be involved. From the 1st practice you could see the enthusiasm and positive attitude Katie brought to the team and in a short space of time the coaches have already seen improvements in her game. We are thankful for the coaches at Texas Rush for helping her develop and we are hopeful over the next 4 years Katie will progress further and represent the 1st on a regular basis. The University has 3 teams and the current 1st team includes players involved with Scotland u19 to competition to play in the match day 16 can be tough. Many 1st year players begin in the 2nd team to gain experience and confidence and making sure they get adequate game time which is crucial. We value Katie as a player and felt this was best for her right now but I believe if she keeps working hard in practice and having positive performances in matches it’s only a matter of time before she steps up.

We have had visiting teams play in Edinburgh before and would always welcome any players who want to study and play soccer in Scotland to check out and we would love to tour the USA one day if the opportunity arose.”  Michael Ross, Edinburgh WAFC Coach.

Q.  Katie, tell us about your degree of study, and how you plan to use it after graduation?

A.  I am studying a BSc in Medical Sciences, which is essentially the biology and chemistry behind the medical practices commonplace today. So far we have mostly had an introduction to the course but in the next few years I will study a range of topics from pharmacology and immunology to ethics. After graduation I may stay on to do a masters or look to work with organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline or the World Heath Organization.

Q.  What do you like the most about living and studying in Edinburgh?

A.  Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world and I am so happy to be studying here. It is such a beautiful city, and although it can get busy at times, what I love is that there are plenty of green spaces all over the city so you are always able to find a quiet spot when you want to.

Q.  What do you miss the most about Texas?

A.  I think what I miss most about Texas is the people. Everyone was so friendly and I made some of my closest friends in The Woodlands, many of whom I still talk to regularly although I haven’t seen in nearly 2 years. I also miss the Friday Night lights and NFL game-days, which are not quite the same in the UK.

Q.  How did playing at Texas Rush help you prepare for the college environment?

A.  Rush gave me such a supportive environment to play in, with all the coaches, parents and players acting like one big family. It was so easy to go to an extra training session to try to improve a specific aspect of your game. Although the coaches at Rush could be tough on you, they were always giving feedback. I think this has really helped me prepare for university where the competition for places on each team is very high.

Q.  What advice would you give to a young Rush player aspiring to play in college?

A.  Work hard and take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. If you can stay for an extra training session, then do it. If your high school coach makes you do a lot of running, then take it seriously.  Have fun because it will be over before you know it.

NCAA Men’s College Cup Youth Showcase 2016

The following teams participated in the NCAA Men’s College Cup Youth Showcase, December 9-11 at Lindsay Lyons Park and Sports Complex, Houston.

The 2016 NCAA Men’s College Cup Showcase was held in conjunction with the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship weekend.  The 2016 NCAA Men’s College Cup Showcase was open to all boys competitive premier and elite club teams ages U15 to U19. Top teams from across the country competed at the highest level in front of college coaches at the showcase. The showcase followed a three (3) game format with no finals or championship games.

Texas Rush 02B Nero – Coach Stuart Taylor

02 Boys Nero vs. KSA 2002 (Lost 3-1)

02 Boys Nero vs. SCFC 02B (Lost 1-3)

02 Boys Nero vs. Texans 02 Houston Elite (Won 2-1)

Record:  W1-T0-L2

“The Texas Rush 02 Boys Nero experienced 3 competitive games against teams who have played at a higher level than us this season. The boys performed great in all three games and the event was a good way to wrap up what has been a terrific season for the boys.”  Stuart Taylor, Head Coach 02 Boys Nero.

Texas Rush 98B Rush – Coach Michael Quinn

San Antonio Titans SA 98B vs. 98 Boys (Won 6-0)

VKM Fussball 98B vs.  98 Boys (Won 2-0)

98 Boys vs. Real Colorado Edge Select 98 (1-1 Tie)

Record: W2-T1-L0

“It was a great experience for the boys to play against a wide range of opponents from both in and out of state, as well as in front of the numerous college coaches in attendance.
The event also provided the opportunity for the boys to see the top end of the College Game live through the NCAA Final Four Event.”  Michael Quinn, Head Coach 98 Boys.

99/00B Rush – Coach Nigel Vaughan

99/00B vs.  Alamo City SC 98B Silver (Won 8-0)

99/00B  vs. RGV FC Academy U19 (Won 2-0)

Texas Spurs FC 98/99 1 vs. 99/00 Boys (Lost 1-0)

Record: W2-T0-L1

“Participating in the showcase was a great experience.  I noticed probably 20 college coaches watching at least part of our games over the weekend.  Plus, it was fun to play with my team one last weekend for the Fall, and the level of competition was good.  Thanks to Coach Nigel and Texas Rush for the opportunity.”  Max Mouer #21, 99/00 Boys.

00B Rush – Coach Nigel Vaughan

00 Boys vs. Texans East (Won 1-0)

00 Boys vs. Lonestar 00B Red (Tied)

00 Boys vs. Texans 00 Houston Elite (Won 4-0)

Record:  W2-T1-L0

“It was great experience for all the players, playing in such a massive NCCA tournament with plenty of College Coaches watching the 00B team.”  Alex Gomez #56, 00 Boys.

01B Rush – Coach Mike Czarnecki

01B Rush v EPSC 01B (MN) (Tied 2-2)

01B Rush v Texans 01 Premier (Won 4-1)

01B Rush v SA United 01B (Won 4-1)

Record: W2-T1-L0


“The 2016 College Cup Showcase was a good end-of-season event that was well organized and well run. It provided an opportunity for the players to be seen by college coaches, and the opportunity for us to play against teams we normally wouldn’t play, including a team from Minnesota. Overall, it was a very positive experience and a great way to finish the fall season.” Head Coach Mike Czarnecki.


Sarah Piper (U17 ECNL) just completed the Under-16 Girls’ National Team training camp that ran from Dec. 3-10 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. It was the sixth event of the year for this age group and its fourth domestic camp.  U.S. head coach Jaime Frias called up 24 players, all born in 2000. This specific age group is at the end of the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

“We are happy Sarah continues to get opportunities to represent our country and play with the best. Sarah regularly engages in extra training throughout the year so it is nice to see that all her hard work does pay off.”  Nick O’Shea, Director of Coaching – ECNL.

“It was really exciting to be back in the training camp environment after being hurt for a while and missing a few. It is always a blessing to be coached by some of the best coaches and  teammates in the country.”  Sarah Piper, U17 ECNL / U16 GNT

3 vs. 3 Winter Blast Tournament 2016

Over 200 teams (1,000+ players) visited Bear Branch Soccer Complex for the annual 3 vs. 3 Winter Blast Tournament on Saturday, December 10.  U5 – U14 age groups were formed and played four games in a festival atmosphere over the 10 hour period.  Awards were presented connected to the following activities:  juggling station, soccer tennis, dance competitions, best costume and team name.  Holiday picture opportunities were also offered with Rush Rhino – Santa Claus for players and families.  The soccer fun zone implemented a new soccer radar gun and a fun heading challenge.

“I would like to thank all the teams, volunteers, referees, coaching staff for their help in providing support during the event. It was a tremendous festival atmosphere and an excellent way to finish off the fall season for the age groups that participated.  To see all the smiling faces from the players and the creative costumes was outstanding.  We look forward to our next 3 vs. 3 event in April, 2017.”  Milton Arraez, 3 vs. 3 Winter Blast Tournament Director.

The club would also like to thank Wings ‘N More, Potbelly, Panera Bread and Lennys for providing food for the volunteers, referees, staff throughout the day and for IGi Playground for bringing their mascot for the dance competitions.  Thanks to Bikeland for hosting the registration night on Thursday.

If you would like to market your products and services to our soccer membership (10,000 people), please contact Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations at

College Showcase Events – Fall 2016

The DA Boys competed at the Development Academy Winter Showcase – Premier Sports Campus, Lakewood Ranch, FL, December 1-5.

The ECNL Girls competed at the ECNL Composite NC Showcase – Greensboro, NC, December 2-4.


U18 Texas Rush vs Carolina Rapids 1-2 Lost (Kevin Flores)
U18 Texas Rush vs. Santa Cruz Breakers 4-1 Won (Kevin Flores 1, Koby Carr 3)
U18 Texas Rush vs. Boca United 1-0 Won (Dadwin Hernandez)

U16 Texas Rush vs. Carolina Rapids 3 – 3 Tie (Cameron Phillips 1, Colton Stanley 2)
U16 Texas Rush vs. Bethesda SC 1 – 2 Lost (Cameron Phillips)
U16 Texas Rush vs. Charlotte Soccer Academy 0 – 2 Lost

Showcase Record:

U18:  W2-L1-T0

U16: W0-L2-T1


’02 ECNL Texas Rush vs. ’01 Boca United Composite 0-0 Tie
’02 ECNL Texas Rush vs. ’01 West Florida Flames Composite 6-1 Won
’02 ECNL Texas Rush vs. ’01 Ohio Elite Soccer Academy Composite 5-0 Won

’98/99 Texas Rush ECNL Composite vs. ’98/99 Minnesota Thunder ECNL Composite 0-2 Lost
’98/99 Texas Rush ECNL Composite vs. ’98/99 FC Boston ECNL Composite 1-0 Win
’98/99 Texas Rush ECNL Composite vs. ’98/99 West Florida Flames Composite 4-0 Win

Showcase Record:

’02 ECNL: W2-L0-T1

’98/99 Composite: W2-L1-T0

Club Success – Fall 2016

Many teams from the competitive branch of the club had tremendous success in winning their respective fall leagues.

Team Name: 01B Nero
Coach: Bogdan Onut
League: USC Bracket B
Record: 9-0-1


Team Name: 04 Nero Boys Black Team
Coach: Neil Oversby
League: USC Bracket D
Record: 7-2-1


Team Name: Texas Rush – Kingwood 06B Blue
Coach: David Hubbard
League: USC Bracket G
Record: 7-0-0


Team Name: Kingwood 05B
Coach: Dale Darling
League: USC F Bracket 
Record: 8-0-0


Team Name: 05G Blue
Coach: Andrew Squire
League: USC U12 A Bracket
Record: 7-3-0


Team Name: 05G Rush Black
Coach: Stuart Taylor
League: USC U12 Girls B Bracket
Record: 5-2-1


Team: 06G Blue
Coach: Andrew Squire
League: USC U11 A Bracket
Record: 7-1-1


Name: 06G Black
Coach: Chris Davis
League: USC U11 B Bracket
Record: 8-1-0


Team Name: 02B Azul
Head Coach Name: Radojica Ristic
League: USC D Bracket
Record: 7-2-0


Team Name: 06B Azul
Head Coach Name: Radojica Ristic
League: USC C Bracket
Record: 9-0-1


Team: 06B Rush Blue
Coach: Mike Czarnecki
League: USC U11 Bracket A
Record: 7-2-1


Team Name: 02B Nero
Head Coach Name: Stuart Taylor
League: USC U15 Championship Bracket B
Record: 6-4-0


Team: 02B Rush
Coach: Krisztian Mikoczi
League: USC U15 Championship Bracket A
Record: 9-0-1


Team: 06B Cinza Blue
Coach: Chris Hutton
Bracket: USC U11 Bracket H & H1
Record: 6-0-1
Record: 2-1-0


Team: Texas Rush – Montgomery 06B Rush Blue
Coach: Jason Budd
League: USC U-11 Bracket E
Record: 5-0-1


Team: Texas Rush Montgomery 04B Rush Blue
Coach: Jack Woolsey
League: USC U-13 Bracket E
Record: 9-1-1


Team: 03 Boys Rush
Coach: Michael Quinn
League: Champions Boys U14 Bracket B
Record: 8-1-0


Team: 06B Nero Blue
Coach: Brian Cvilikas
League: Bracket C
Record: 6-2-2


Team: Texas Rush Kingwood 06B Black
Coach: Trey Tesno
League: U11B Bracket I
Record: 8-3-1


“Our players have worked very hard throughout the fall season and it’s great to see so many of the teams succeed in winning their respective leagues.  Congratulations go out to the players, coaching staff, managers and parents for all their hard work and commitment.  We look forward to working with all the players in their soccer development in the spring season.”  Stuart Fitzsimons, Director of Coaching – Competitive.


Community Outreach – Thanksgiving Run Thru The Woods 2016

The club actively got involved in the Thanksgiving Run Thru The Woods sponsored by the YMCA.  A one, three, five mile run was offered for thousands of local runners which consisted of a large amount of Texas Rush families.  The club had a tent on site offering fun activities and had staff talking to the public in regards to the club and the soccer programs that we offer.

“Congratulations to all the Texas Rush players who ran the 1, 3 or 5 mile race, proudly represented our club, and showed why soccer players are among the best athletes in the world.”  Phil Ebner, Director of Coaching – Youth Academy.


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

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

Texas Rush – Montgomery Upgrade Soccer Facilities

The club is very excited to announce that we have upgraded the lighting facilities at the Fellowship of Montgomery (Hwy. FM 149).  This will provide the opportunity to further expand the site for further soccer programming on a more permanent basis.  The club offers soccer opportunities for both boys & girls from 3-18 years of age in Montgomery.  This includes a new Youth Academy (Fall 2016) sponsored by The Nelson Company as well as running competitive and recreational areas.  The club currently has increased it’s membership base to 194 players registered in Montgomery in 2016 from 138 players in 2015.

For more information about the Texas Rush – Montgomery program, please contact Jason Budd, Director of Coaching – Montgomery at or 281-298-2180.

“Upgrading our lighting was one of the goals of this year’s program.  This will drastically improve our daily soccer operations and it will allow more flexibility in the planning of our soccer programming.   We continually review all our current soccer facilities and make needed improvements where necessary which ultimately provides a better environment for our players to develop and to enjoy their experience “  Don Gemmell, Technical Director.


Texas Rush Alumni – College Post Season Competition Fall 2016

The following Texas Rush Alumni have or are currently participating in post-season NCAA / NAIA tournaments across the country.

NCAA Div. I Men / Women

Mitch OstrowskiButler University

Grace PiperTexas A&M

Michaela AbamWest Virginia University

Cienna Arrieta Texas A&M

NCAA Div. II Men / Women

Lindsey WashburnDallas Baptist University

Allison KatriDallas Baptist University

NCAA Div. III Men / Women

Ryan StinebaughCarnegie Mellon University

Alberto CarmonaKenyon College


Conner Haney – John Brown University

“It’s very exciting to read that our former club players are advancing to the post-season period in their fall seasons.  We continue to track, support and correspond to all the players across the country that have graduated from our club and continue to compete athletically for their respective schools.”  Simon Boddison, Director of Soccer Operations / CAP 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.