It has been an incredible spring season for the Virginia Rush GU13 team. The team started the Spring season as a finalist in the Jefferson Cup, a top girls tournament in the country. The team has also put together an amazing run in the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) State Cup and qualified for the Final Four weekend, later this month at VYSA Training Center in Fredericksburg, VA, all while maintaining excellent league results in the Virginia National Premier League (VNPL), sitting in second place headed into the final weekend of competition.
With all the team accolades piling up for the 13 team, some individual player recognition is being handed out as well. Alexis Sisino (’02) and Hannah Antonick (’02) have been invited to attend the US National Training Center next week in Richmond, VA. “These girls have put in a tremendous amount of work over the past two years and I can’t be more proud”, said Matt Mittelstaedt, Director of Coaching Girls at Virginia Rush. Mittelstaedt continued, “This is a great honor for the girls but I can assure you it won’t be the last for these two and even more girls in the age group. This is an incredibly talented age group for Virginia Rush and they will set a new standard for the club and the area.”
Help Virginia Rush wish Alexis and Hannah the best of luck next week! GO RUSH!
US SOCCER TRAINING CENTER PROGRAM – U.S. Soccer is conducting training sessions in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with Youth National Team potential. Training Centers (TC) will be conducted by a member of the U.S. Soccer National Team staff. TCs are a new platform designed to improve player identification, player development and coach development. Each TC will be administered by the Academy conference’s Technical Advisor, assisted by Academy coaches and National Team coaches. Most TCs will be aligned with the Youth National Team calendar to evaluate players before trips and camps. Top players from each Academy club at both age groups will be invited to attend the training sessions. Non-host coaches are encouraged to attend. After piloting the program during the 2008-09 season in large markets such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, positive feedback was given by both Academy players and coaches and has led to an increased number of TCs that continue to improve the everyday environment.
There are no fees for players to participate in the U.S. Soccer Training Centers, but players are responsible for their own travel and must be invited by a U.S. Soccer National Team coach or scout.