Rush Look to Youth
Colorado focuses on academy for W-League squad

Colorado Rush News Release -

Friday, May 24th, 2013

LITTLETON, Colo. - Since joining the W-League in 2010, the Colorado Rush have always relied on using players from the youth branch of the club. A longtime powerhouse in youth soccer, results in the W-League have improved with each year of play for the Rush women.

In 2013, that success is expected to continue, even with the losses of Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), and Brittany Bock and Kendall Johnson (Sky Blue FC) to professional teams. The 2013 roster features 11 current youth players including 2012 U17 National team members Gabbi Miranda, Morgan Stanton, and Lizzy Raben.

Madi Hall, Danica Evans, Havana McElvaine and Rebecca Rasmussen, along with 2012 U16 ECNL National Champions Betsy Brandon and Jordan DiBiasi, also have time with various youth national teams. An additional 10 players also spent their youth careers with the Rush and hope to lead the Rush Women to their first conference championship this summer.

“The Rush have always prided themselves on player development. The W-League is just another avenue for our players to play at a high level,” General Manger Dominique Hoecherl said. “The fact we have 16-, 17-, 18-year-old girls stepping in and competing with great success against grown women is fun for coaches, parents, and soccer fans alike to see and is a testament of the work being done by our coaches and players.”

Can the youth overcome some very tough Western Conference opponents in 2013?

The Rush will open the 2013 campaign Saturday when they take on the Colorado Rapids before setting off to the Pacific Northwest for games with Seattle and Bay Area. The 2013 home opener is set for Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada.

Pictured above: Back row left to right: Brandon, DiBiasi, McElvaine, Raben, Hall, Miranda. Front Row: Rasmussen, Kayla Hill (Reserves), Sabrina Macias (Reserves), Evans, Stanton.