Texas Rush U.S. Soccer Development Academy


Contact Dave Dengerink – ddengerink@texasrush.com

Contact Alex Cardenas – acardenas@texasrush.com (si hablo espanol).

  • Trials can occur at anytime of year as long as the player is not rostered to another Academy. Currently rostered players, must be released by their club and US Soccer before trial can occur.
  • Trials usually last 3-5 training sessions
  • Contact ddengerink@texasrush.com or acardenas@texasrush.com (si hablo espanol)
  • Contact sgrave@texasrush.com to inquire about trials for players born in 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002

Texas Rush Soccer Club is an official member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, serving male soccer players in the Greater Houston area.

About the US Soccer Development Academy:

Developing the Next Generation U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program is driven by the game and its players, coaches and referees. This game-centric approach allows for long-term development to occur through a deep understanding of what makes players successful around the world. As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides the optimum developmental environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition.

Meaningful Training Academy teams spend a greater amount of time focused on training to improve as individuals and as a team. The teams and players receive direct feedback and evaluations from National Team Staff and ProZone video analysis. To round-out the complete training environment, Academy teams are tested in their physical capabilities using the SPARQ testing methodology and their hydration levels by Gatorade. They also receive a SPARQ training curriculum for soccer-specific athletic training and Nutrition and Hydration recommendations from Gatorade’s Sports Science Institute. Each athlete then gains a greater understanding of how they compare physically against their peers and what they need to do to achieve their optimal performance levels.

Competitive Environment The Academy program features teams from the top youth clubs from around the country. Each Academy team plays approximately 30 regular season games to ensure all games are meaningful. Games are also played according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game and officiated by a pool of the nation’s top young referees in order to prepare players for the next level of competition. National Team Scouts regularly attend Academy games, so players are evaluated over the course of the season and in their natural positions allowing for better player assessment.

Early Success As the program enters its second year, it has already dramatically impacted the player development process in the United States. In 2008, more than 100 players from Academy clubs were included in U.S. Youth National Teams and almost 800 graduates from the inaugural Academy class participated in college soccer the following fall. Virtually all college programs use the Academy program as a scouting vehicle and the program has received increased attention from professional scouts representing domestic and international clubs. Visit ussoccer.com to view the top Academy teams in action.

To view the latest information on the Development Academy, please visit the new Development Academy Home Page on ussoccer.com.

Texas Rush DA Program Additional Information

Texas Rush USSDA Program Quick Facts

  • Training 4 times per week
  • Teams are formed by birth year: 2014 – U18 1996/97 U16 1998/99 U14 2000/01
  • Training Center – Lents Family Park West
  • USSDA Member of Frontier Conference
  • Travel includes Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Showcase Events
  • Scholarships available based on player performance


Texas Rush is proud to partner with Fit For 90. The Texas Rush USSDA Program works with Fit For 90 to provide players with the best player monitoring system. Visit our Fit For 90 page to find out more about science driven player monitoring.

Texas Rush USSDA Alumni Success

Kekuta Manneh – Vancouver Whitecaps FC, MLS

CLICK HERE to see a full list of student-athletes who have graduated from Texas Rush Soccer Club and are now fulfilling their soccer endeavors at the collegiate levels (NCAA Div I, II, III, NAIA and Junior Colleges) around the country.

Super – U20 National Title Winners

Mitchell Cardenas was selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft

Mitchell Cardenas Invited to Train with MLS Team – Sporting Kansas City

Buba Jobe Signs with Toronto FC

National Team Success 2012

CLICK HERE to visit the Texas Rush Alumni page for more


Quick Links

Program Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

Player Parent Resources

USSDA Powerpoint Presentation


U.S. Soccer Training Centers

U.S. Soccer Training Centers are single day, invitational training sessions run by U.S. Soccer staff for elite players in key soccer markets. Training Centers are open to the top players from any team, club or organization at no cost to the player. The purpose of the Training Center program is to identify the best players for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program. Click for more information.