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Rush Select Program Philosophy and History

The Rush Select Program is designed to give extended opportunities to the elite level players in Rush. This allows the top players in individual clubs to play with players at and above their level. Domestically it gives older players additional opportunities to be recruited at college showcase events that perhaps their local club will not be invited to, and allow the younger players to compete against the best players in the country.

The Rush Select teams also have the opportunity to travel internationally, training and playing games against local, regional and youth professional teams from various nations. There are international training programs and international tournaments of which both often include attendance to professional games including Champions League games. The immediate goal of the program is to win, so players are selected based on their ability to help the team win and not necessarily for the long term potential development. The long term goal is to identify and put players in a competitive environment for the potential selection for a Rush men's and women's professional team.

The Select program is the foundation of identifying the best talent in Rush. In 2004 Colorado Rush, Virginia Rush and Pikes Peak Rush put together the first Select Team, the Rush 86/87 Boys (U17). The team entered the US Club Soccer National Tournament and after winning their Regional Tournament went on to become National Champions. Since then, the program has grown to having a full time director and coordinator while running as many as 22 Select teams in a calendar year.

RUSH SELECT INTERNATIONAL

RUSH INTERNATIONAL SELECT PROGRAM

The Rush National Select program brings together the top players from across all Rush clubs throughout the US and Internationally. Players are identified and invited to the Rush National ID Event, which is based at the Grande Sports Complex in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Players in attendance, including current US Youth National team players, participate in practice and games under the observation of Rush staff, with the top players in each age group identified and invited to be a part of the Select teams for each age group from U13 – U19.

Players are then invited to travel to tournaments across the US and Internationally to represent Rush Soccer on a global stage.

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