USL News Release
Thursday, December 17, 2009
LITTLETON, CO -- The Colorado Rush is pleased to announce that beginning in the summer of 2010, the Rush will be represented in the W-League.
Erik Bushéy, Technical Director of Colorado Rush stated, “This franchise marks the beginning of another new era for Colorado Rush Soccer. We have been blessed with a number of great female soccer players that have grown up participating in Rush Soccer. For some, this franchise will mean Rush Soccer does not have to end after U19 and college. For others, this franchise will be another source for player development and will serve as a stepping stone on their way to becoming professional players.”
Since its inception in 1997, the Colorado Rush has become one of the top clubs not only in the state, but across the country. On the girls side, the Colorado Rush has won more USYS National Championships (including the back to back champion ’89-90 girls in 2008 and 2009) than any club in the United States. The Rush also play in the ‘A’ Division of the newly formed Elite Clubs National League (one of just 40 clubs nationally) at the U15, U16 and U17 age groups. Great players have come through the Colorado Rush system.
“Without question, the Colorado Rush are one of the premier youth clubs in the country and are part of one of the top youth organizations nationally,” said W-League Director of Operations Melanie Fitzgerald. “We are thrilled to welcome the Rush as one of our newest franchises, and fully anticipate them to be natural leaders on and off the pitch in women’s soccer as they have been at the youth level.”
The likes of former US National Team member, Aleisha Rose (formerly Aleisha Cramer) and current US National Team member, Marian Dalmy grew up in Rush. Both Jordan Angeli and Sara Wagenfuhr (both Rush graduates) played in the U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the list of youth national team members is extensive. Current All-American Danielle Foxhoven (Univ. of Portland) figures to be a key component of Colorado Rush’s attack this season in the W-League.
Erik Bushéy will head up the Rush W-League side. Tim Schulz, a former U20 US Women’s National Team and World Cup coach, will also be on the sideline for Rush.
“We are excited! We will be tested right from the get go. What an awesome challenge,” said Bushéy. “This team will represent the top of Colorado Rush’s pyramid on the girls side and we will do everything we can to be the very best. In looking at many of the clubs in the league, their history, their players and coaching staffs, this will be no easy task. Again, this is a wonderful challenge. The USL has afforded our club and our players the opportunity to compete at a top level. We are proud to join this great organization,” Bushéy said.
He continued, “We are excited to invite our western conference rivals, including the national champs, Pali Blues, and respected in-state rival, Colorado Force to our home and provide a great show for all the local soccer fans.”