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May 6, 2012
(05.07.12) Due to the poor weather we will be canceling training for 5/7. Instead, we would like you to drop by the Rush Office anytime between 5:00-6:00p.m. to pick up gear, drop off any needed paper work and get a head shot of each player. U20 Reserves do not need to attend.
Johnson Signs With Rush Women
University of Portland standout and U20 WNT player Kendall Johnson has commited to play with the Rush Women for the summer W-League season. "Kendall is coming from a fine program and has national team and World Cup experience," said Rush Women's Head Coach Erik Bushey. "I believe she will be a great fit here at Rush, not only on the field as a player and role model for younger players but off the field as well. Kendall took a few minutes to share her thoughts about joining the Rush.
Rush: What are you looking forward to most with playing for the Rush Women this summer?
Kendall: I’m really looking forward to playing competitive soccer with the Rush this summer. It’s unfortunate that the WPS league folded, but it gives us a great opportunity to play with and against the best players in the nation. My University of Portland teammate Dani (Foxhoven) has had great things to say about this program and I’m excited to get to know everyone. Also, my host family just told me they have a golden retriever and a 10 week-old puppy! I love dogs, so I have to admit this is an added bonus.
R: Have you played in the W-League prior to this summer?
KJ: This is my first time playing in the W-league. Having grown up and played soccer in Portland, Oregon my whole life, I think this will be a great opportunity to try something new and expand and improve as a soccer player.
R: How was it playing with Rush alum Danielle Foxhoven? Are you keeping in touch with her while she is playing in Russia?
KJ: Dani is an incredible player and an all-around great person. It’s been so amazing playing with her over the past few years. She’s one of the best finishers I’ve ever played with and most importantly, she is always playing with a smile on her face and that’s so contagious. I’ve gotten to chat with her a few times while she’s been in Russia and she has some pretty crazy stories. She will come away with a great experience playing abroad as she has such a positive attitude about everything.
R: Briefly describe your time playing with the U20 National team.
KJ: I played with the U20 national team during the 2010 World Cup in Germany. As a young soccer player, you dream about representing your country. And to actually travel, wear the USA jersey and play on the field against different nations was unbelievable. It was great to be able train with the top US players in my age. I also really enjoyed traveling and experiencing the culture of different countries.
Kendall and the Rush Women begin the 2012 season on the road at Vancouver Whitecaps on May 18th. Rush play at Victoria Highlanders two days later before returning to Colorado for the Home Opener on May 24th against Victoria at Valor Christian High School at 7:30PM.
Rush Women Sign U20 Canadian National Team Goalkeeper, Dayle Colpitts!
Littleton, CO – The Colorado Rush Women are pleased to announce their signing of Dayle Colpitts, pending USSF approval. Dayle was selected to compete in the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Championships held in Panama, representing Canada.
This is the second year that Colpitts has been called up to Canada’s U-20 team. The goalkeeper helped her squad to three wins and two losses at the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship to finish fourth in 2010. Although not qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, in five games, Canada scored six goals and only allowed three goals against.
Colpitts is currently at Virginia Tech. She has helped the Hokies match their best program finish this season, as Tech made a run all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada native recorded seven shut outs this season, while setting a new Tech record for a single season.
Colorado Rush Women, Head Coach Erik Bushey expresses his excitement to add Colpitts to the roster, “The position of goal keeper is incredibly important. As much as any player on the field, this position can mean the difference between three points or one point from a game, or a playoff spot or an early end to the season. To bring in a player like Dayle who has represented her country, and who even though is a young player has gained such valuable experience…well, it is a great and exciting addition to our team.”
Come and join us for our home opener on Thursday, May 24th at 7:30p.m. at Valor Christian High School!
Colorado Rush Women Sign Soccer Standout Brittany Bock!
Littleton, Colorado – Colorado Rush W-League Team signs former WPS Western New York Flash player Brittany Bock for the 2012 season, pending USSF approval.
Brittany is a Naperville, Illinois native who played for the Windy City Pride Soccer Club in her High School years. She became a highly influential player during her career at Notre Dame. In the 2006 NCAA D1 Women’s Soccer National Finals, Notre Dame lost 2-1 to the University of North Carolina. Brittany scored the only goal for the Irish in the 81st minute.
Brittany, currently 24 years old, was a member of the United States U-20 Women’s National Team that competed in the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia coached by our very own Tim Schulz. When asked about Brittany Bock playing with the Rush Tim stated, “When I was the U20 WNT Head Coach, she was my first choice out of 1,000’s of players. This gal is hard as nails, has a competitive spirit and athleticism to boot. She ended up starting for U20 National Team on just about every occasion. I was honored to coach her and be part of her development. Now, I will be able to see her play in our own back yard.”
Bock was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 Women’s Professional draft, going to Los Angeles Sol, becoming part of a defense that allowed a mere ten goals in twenty-one matches. When the Sol folded in 2010, Bock was drafted by the Washington Freedom. After the 2010 season, Bock was signed by the Western New York Flash where she won her first WPS championship.
General Manager, Dominique Hoecherl, had a chance to sit down with Brittany and ask her a few questions:
What is your main source of motivation?
I have always wanted to be the best at what I do, ever since I was a kid I have had this extremely competitive drive. I still strive to be the best I can be and reach the highest level but my motives have somewhat shifted. The last few years have been a battle for me with unfortunate foot injuries, and I was at an all-time low. I changed my outlook after 2010 and started focusing on the positives, and it was God that carried me through the tough times. When I play now, I play for Him. Everything I am is because he gave it to me and I just want to glorify Him.
What was some of the best advice you have received?
Always have faith and believe in yourself. There will be obstacles and setbacks in your life, but never, ever give up on yourself. Give 100% everyday, you cannot give 110% because that is more than you are humanly capable of, but if you give 100% you know that you did everything in your power and should have no regrets. At the end of the day, everything will work out the way it is supposed to. There is a plan for us and you just have to enjoy the ride and trust that.
What is it like playing for the US National Team at the highest level?
Like I said, it has been a dream of mine since I can remember. I used to have a poster above my bed with a picture of the National Team (winning the Gold Medal) and a sign that I drew with crayon on a cardboard that said "National Team. JUST DO IT". Every morning when I would wake up that was the first thing I saw, and it was the last thing I saw every night before I went to bed. I was 14 when I made my first Youth National Team, and have been overcoming obstacles and had many sacrifices along the way, but it has all been worth it. Playing on the US National Team is an honor, and when you put that jersey on you are not only representing your country, but you are paving the way and inspiring so many young soccer players out there. Every time I have trained with the National Team I never take it for-granted and always pushed myself to improve my game.
Do you have any words of advice for young players?
Respect the game, and enjoy every second that you are playing! When you are truly having fun out on the field, it shows. Play with passion and heart, and your hard work and perseverance WILL pay off. Set your goals and dreams high, and write them down, and then give 100% every time you step out on the field. I always want to come off the field at the end of the day, whether it is a game or practice, and know that I gave everything I had. When I do that I know that I have no regrets and the rest is out of my hands, but good things will come for me.
What does playing for the Colorado Rush W-League Team mean to you?
I am so excited to play for the Colorado Rush this summer! Tim Schulz was my coach for the U20 WNT; when we went to the Youth World Cup in Russia my sophomore year in college, and I absolutely loved playing for him! He is one of THE BEST coaches I have ever had the opportunity to play for! When the WPS suspended operations for 2012, I had some very hard decisions to make as to where I would play this summer. I wanted to be in an environment where I would continue to grow as a player and be back on the National Team roster. I am extremely excited to live out here in Denver with my sister, Jenny and get some great training/games in! I'm a competitor, so I'm looking to win another championship this year like I did last year with the WNY Flash!
What are your other passions in life off of the soccer field?
W-League Tryouts Announced!
Come and join the top Women’s League in the United States, the W-League. Come and join the Colorado Rush this summer to compete with and against some of the top players in the Country. Tryouts for our Full Team and U20 Reserve Team (eligible players for birthdates on or after January 1, 1992) will be held at the same time/date. We will be hosting our open tryouts on Sunday, May 6th at 1:00p.m. at Addenbrooke Park. Register prior to May 4th for a $30 fee, each player is required to register. Walk up registrations will also be accepted for a $35 fee. We highly recommend you register online prior to May 4th.
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Rush Girls Return From Spain
Lizzy Raben, Morgan Stanton and Gabbi Miranda (at right), along with the rest of the U17 US Women's National Team recently returned from La Manga, Spain where the team went undefeated in the U19 Ten Nations Tournament. With a 2-0 win over France, 1-1 draw with England and 2-0 victory over Holland, the 17's left Spain feeling good after gaining positive results against teams two years older.
"I’ve spoken to Albertin Montoya (U17 Head National Team Coach) and received glowing reports about all three of the girls. This is an exciting time as they prepare for World Cup qualifying," commented Colorado Rush Technical Director Erik Bushey. He continued, "The experience in Spain competing against traditional soccer powers like France, England and Holland further enhances the overall value of their time with the national team. Of course they are representing their country but they are becoming better players as a result of such experiences and as further result, same goes for their club mates here at home. I am proud of the girls for the way they are representing Rush Soccer with their performance on and off the field.”
The three Rush girls have spent much of 2012 with the 17's as the team prepares for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in early May with a trip to the U17 Women's World Cup on the line. The girls currently play for the U17 CO Rush Nike team that lead the Mountain West Conference of the ECNL(13th overall).
Congratulations to our very own Danielle Foxhoven who has recently signed with FC Energy Voronezh. The team is located in Voronezh, Russia. The team started out in the USSR Women's Championship League but since the fall they have competed in Russia's Premier League. They have the most championships in the Russian league, winning five championships. They are three time quarter finalists in the UEFA Champions League. Danielle has signed a four month contract with the FC Energy. Please click here to read more including an interview with Danielle.
Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) announced last week that its Board of Governors has voted to suspend the 2012 season to permit the League to focus on the resolution of certain pending legal issues and the challenges that now face the League as a result of its ongoing dispute with a former owner. This is very disappointing for the young female hopefuls wanting to play at the next level.
Players that are now without a team could certainly find a home with a high level of training right here in our back yard. The W-League is the first and longest-standing women’s league in North America, the W-League is the highest level of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada. The 2012 W-League campaign will feature 30 teams in three regional conferences playing 12-14 regular season matches. The W-League features international and professional stars, and elite amateur players have the opportunity to compete in the W-League while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league is recognized throughout the world for providing superior competition for female players, while offering affordable family entertainment for fans across North America.
Stay tuned for the 2012 Colorado Rush W-League schedule to be released in the next few weeks.
For more information on the WPS Suspended 2012 season, click here.
Horan Gets Second Shot at World Cup
Two years ago Lindsey Horan (CO Rush) and the U17 National Team cruised through group play during World Cup Qualifying in Costa Rica. The Americans outscored their three opponents (Haiti, Cayman Islands and Costa Rica) by 32 goals. Lindsey broke the CONCACAF scoring record by netting nine goals in those three games. Then the unthinkable happened…(click here for full article.)
Colorado Rush W-League Looking Forward to a Bright 2012 Season
The Club is very proud of all of the work the W-League players are doing right now, competing and training at the highest levels. Colorado Rush W-League Team players are very busy with their college seasons as well as their youth seasons.
Many of the Rush W-League young talents are currently playing in the ECNL league. Just past the midway point in ECNL conference play, three Rush ECNL Teams are in first place in their respective conferences. The G15 Nike (featuring standout players Betsy Brandon and Jordan Dibiasi – U20 Reserves) are riding an eight game winning streak and have lost just one time this season. Rush has 11-1 record and they are 17 points clear of second place Sereno, although they’ve played three more games. Rush 15’s are 13 points ahead of Real Colorado, having played the same amount of games. The 15’s have scored 40 times this season. Ten different players have notched at least one goal, and Jordan Di Biasi leads the way with 11.
The G17 Nike also sit atop the Mountain Division. Like the 16’s, they too have been shorthanded all season long, but mostly due to National Team call ups. The 17’s have not lost since falling 2-1 to Heat back at the end of August, when six of their players (including Lizzy Raben, Danica Evans, Morgan Stanton, Gabby Miranda – 2011 W-League players) were called into the US Under 17 National Team Camp. Rush is one point clear of Real Colorado, whom they beat 5-3 last month. In 11 games this season, the 17’s have scored 31 goals and have allowed only 8.
The G18 Nike are 8-3 this season and trail first place Real Colorado by just three points. They defeated Real Colorado earlier this season 4-0. In 11 games this season. Twelve different goal scorers have accounted for Rush’s 35 goals. In just 8 games this season, US International and W-League Rookie Player of the Year, Lindsey Horan, has scored 14 times.
The G15-18 Nike teams will travel to Las Vegas the first weekend in December to take on Heat/LV Premier. They will then break until their first National Showcase in San Antonio the last weekend in February.
Colorado Rush W-League Standout Foxhoven Closes out an Outstanding Collegiate Career at Portland
On a chilly Saturday night, Danielle capped an outstanding collegiate career by scoring a goal and adding an assist as the University of Portland beat Gonzaga 3-0. It is only fitting that Danielle finishes the way she started. On August 23rd, 2008, in her first collegiate game, she scored the game winner against Oregon. With the goal and assist on Saturday night, Foxhoven ranks fourth all-time at UP in career goals and career points (139). Danielle has led Portland in scoring and points all four years she has played. Her highlight coming in 2009 when she netted 25 goals and 12 assists. Portland finishes the regular season 9-9-1 and 4-4-0 in the WCC.
Colorado Rush W-League Players attend National Camp
Five Colorado Rush players are at national team camp in Carson, California this week. The camp includes both the U17 and U18 national teams. On Wednesday night, the two teams matched up against one another and all five players featured in the game. Gabrielle Miranda, Lizzy Raben, Morgan Stanton and Danica Evans all played for the U17 team and Lindsey Horan starred for the 18’s. It was her performance that secured the victory for the older side as Lindsey assisted on one goal by beating her defender, attacking the end line and cutting the ball back for the finish, and then later finishing on her own after getting behind the 17’s defense and beating the keeper one on one. Congratulations to Lindsey Horan and our continued best to each of the girls as they finish out the camp with three more days of training and an inter-squad game on the weekend.