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Postby PAOadmin » Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:55 pm

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Postby gator » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:16 am

Didn't Avalon and Binos have a meeting last night with the Colorado Rush president?

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Postby billyray » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:30 pm

[quote="worldwidesoccer"]Kudos to both teams. The reality is as a country we need to do a better job of developing EPL players. Gallagher is partnering Arsenal and West Ham's partnering with Avalon only helps and I wish them good luck and will be rooting for their new program to succeed.[/quote]

Just curious, but why EPL players? Wouldn't we rather have "La Liga" players since Spain and Barcelona are the best teams/players? They've had the most success.

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Postby John Smith » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:52 pm

The EPL is made up of players from dozens of countries, as is La Liga. We need to develop world class footballers (skill and knowledge of the game). Spain and Barcelona don't have the best players, they have the best players for their respective systems, which may be the best. Yes, Messi is the best player, but he's from Argentina so suggesting he's a product of Spain is inaccurate. IMO, there are more world class players participating in the EPL than the other leagues and many of those players are not English. I believe WWS was suggesting we need to produce more EPL type players.

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Postby Huskies » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:09 pm

What is the benefit to the players to be part of Colorado Rush when your club is in Missouri? I know they have teams all around the country but I never understood what the benefit was. Maybe someone from Avalon or Binos can explain. Thanks!

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Re: Big News from Avalon FC

Postby YYYsoc » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:26 am

As with each year, I continuously search for what is “best” for the kids entrusted to us as a club and continue to look for ways to improve the resources available to them. At times, this includes talking to other teams and/or clubs about joining together to bring better change and energy to the current environment.
For several weeks, the leaders of Bino’s and Avalon FC have been discussing how we could make our soccer community better. These discussions were lively, energetic, and at time there were certainly disagreements. However, at the end of every session each person and club left with a common goal of “creating more opportunity, enhancing our learning environment, and to develop better overall soccer players and individuals through life experiences.

During these discussions, we were approached by the nationally sponsored Rush Soccer Club, headquartered out of Littleton, Colorado. This club is currently sponsored nationally by Nike and All State Insurance with 25 individual chapters in 24 states. They also have 18 International Clubs in Africa, Asia, and South America creating a network of approximately 40,000 players. Also this week, Avalon FC announced its affiliation with the West Ham United International Academy as a Partner Club. This offers players and coaches the opportunity to become part of an exceptional program and be exposed to soccer at the highest levels. West Ham United & Tony Carr’s system is renowned for their youth academy and the players they have developed.

We’ve spoke with them and each other at length about the benefits and opportunities this could bring our current players, coaches, and clubs. Each club President took very seriously the welfare of their players and families.

At this time, both believe and have agreed to combine our (Avalon & Bino’s) local resources under the Missouri Rush Soccer Club banner starting with the fall 2012 season. While this agreement combines the best of both clubs locally with structure, training, and knowledge sharing, it also opens the doors to countless other national/international opportunities and exposure for our members through this larger network. This will indeed change the face of soccer in our region.

We invite all of you to hear more about our new club from Nik Bushell (Avalon FC), Tim Amlong (Bino’s SC), along with Tim Schulz (President & CEO of Rush Soccer Club). This will be a Q/A session for everyone gain a better understanding. The meeting will be Monday, February 6th at 7:00pm All Occasion Banquet Center. All club coaches, parents, and players are welcome and encouraged to attend. I know this is very short notice and appreciate you making time.

Certainly there are many details to sort out but rest assured that our priorities are your children, the coaches, and to accomplish this as cost effectively as possible. We realize both clubs history as value focused organizations must remain.

The Rush Soccer Club‘s motto: ‘Where the Trails of Passion and Purpose Meet - Begins the Path to Victory’ fit our discussions well as it was clear we all have an enormous passion & a driving purpose to be positive influences to our children.

Yours in Soccer,

Nik Bushell & Tim Amlong

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Re: Avalon FC and Bino's are now the Missouri Rush

Postby ShortFusz » Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:52 pm

so will the Missouri Rush kids have a chance to play in the USSDA for the Rush USSDA teams around the country? are there any beside colorado?

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Re: Avalon FC and Bino's are now the Missouri Rush

Postby overath » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:24 pm

the country needs to do a better job developing players...not just EPL players.....how about creative Barca- type players??? we have none!! West Ham or Smoked Ham....it doesn't matter unless the player is put first! :wink:

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Re: Avalon FC and Bino's are now the Missouri Rush

Postby CADDAD » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:29 am

ShortFusz wrote:so will the Missouri Rush kids have a chance to play in the USSDA for the Rush USSDA teams around the country? are there any beside colorado?
no way this will happen unless you move to colorado

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Re: Avalon + West Ham + Bino's = Missouri Rush

Postby overath » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:03 pm

Glad to hear it!

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Re: Avalon + West Ham + Bino's = Missouri Rush

Postby LLMG » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:36 pm

good article on this merger. Cool to see Darrel Doran joining the staff.

The newest club in the area has plenty of momentum heading into its first season.
Beginning with tryouts, the merging of Avalon and Bino’s to form the Missouri Rush became official. The new name and colors reflect an affiliation with the Colorado Rush professional club. And interest in the club is high. Missouri Rush president Nik Bushell said the club will field 51 teams this season, seven more than Avalon and Bino’s fielded last year combined.

“You can’t really pick it apart and say it is because we combined Bino’s and Avalon or that we went to the Missouri Rush or our affiliation with (West Ham United),” Bushell said. “It’s the synergy of it all coming together. People who didn’t think about joining our club before have decided to come and check it out.”
The affiliation connects the Missouri Rush to 26 other teams nationwide and 30 more teams internationally. The connection makes thousands of training documents and dozens of other documents on topics such as sports nutrition and sports psychology available to Missouri Rush coaches.

Tim Amlong, who was the Bino’s president, is now the Missouri Rush’s technical director as well as an assistant coach for the Rush U13 girls regional team, which is designed to accumulate the best talent in the Midwest. Those players eventually could play for the Rush club’s national teams.

The Missouri Rush already has teams in the Midwest Regional League, but the affiliation now gives the club access to put teams in the Elite Clubs National League and the U.S. Club Premier League.
It also gives players more options for development. The Missouri Rush can send a particularly gifted player from an age group to a different affiliate if it would help that player’s development.
“If you are a high-level player, we can get that player as high as anybody in this city or country now,” Bushell said.

Several big names, notably Daryl Doran, have also joined the Missouri Rush. Doran is the Missouri Rush director of player development and will coach players in speed and agility as well as soccer skills. Other names on the coaching and training staff include Mike Menendez, Kevin Groak and Matt Spiess.

Bushell said the club’s big focus is developing its College Assistance Program, which is designed to help educate players about the college recruiting process. The club will also participate in the Reach Program, in which the Missouri Rush sends all of its old uniforms and equipment to the Colorado Rush and the parent club distributes that equipment to needy children throughout the world.

The Missouri Rush is also setting up a Youth Council, made up of player volunteers. The council is designed to give Missouri Rush leadership suggestions from the players’ perspective on how to improve the club.
Bushell said all of the moves have been made with the players’ interest in mind.

“We didn’t do this to say we’re part of a big organization,” Bushell said. “We did it because we knew it would impact kids in a positive way. We didn’t merge to get bigger. We merged to get better.”

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Re: Avalon + West Ham + Bino's = Missouri Rush

Postby pitchpapa » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:25 am

Have you seen Amlong's team play? They're competitive ,but it is not because of their technical skills. Not impressed.

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Re: Missouri Rush

Postby GRAPEVINEsoccer » Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:32 am


West Ham United Football (soccer) Club from London, England, have arguably one of the greatest youth academies in the world. In recent years the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Glen Johnson are all graduates of the West Ham United Academy. The West Ham United International Academy has been established to identify players who may one day be good enough to play for the West Ham first team - Will you “Be The One?”

When: June 24 - 27, 2013
Where: Woodlands Soccer Park
1 Woodlands Pkwy, St. Peters, MO

Time: Monday, 6/24 - Thursday, 6/27
U9-U11 (9:00am-11:00am)
U12-U14 (11:00am-1:00pm)
U15+ (6:00pm-8:00pm)
Cost: $130.00 for Club Members
$160.00 for Non-Club Members
To register go to:

In 2012 the St. Louis area West Ham id Camp saw 9 of its players
invited to the West Ham National id Camp in Rome, GA with
one player, Missouri Rush's Nick Hanson, selected and invited to the
West Ham Academy in London, England.

The camp is open to U9-U18 boys and girls and will be overseen by a senior member of the West Ham United International Academy coaching staff. The camp will consist of coaching methods and drills from the West Ham United Academy, with each player receiving a West Ham United International Academy camp t-shirt. Players excelling at this camp will be invited to the 2013 West Ham United International Academy National Residential Camp, staffed by the Academy coaches from the West Ham United Academy in London and directed by Academy Director Tony Carr. Players excelling there will be invited to London for a West Ham United Academy experience.

Link to Camp Details:

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Big News At Rush

Postby dgfred » Fri Jan 16, 2015 2:04 pm

Missouri Rush is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Lux as the club's new Technical Director.

Brian comes to Mo Rush from Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club in Colorado Springs, where he has been Director of Soccer Operations since 2013 and Director of Coaching - Youth Academy.

"I want Missouri Rush to be the club that Rush Nation looks at as doing things the right way," says Brian, 33. "The club has grown from 350 to 1,400 players in two years and I want to help continue that success. I want to create growth that is measured and sustainable and leads us to become the best club in St Louis and then Missouri and then the country."

Lux grew up in the Denver area and became one of the original Rush players when his Lakewood Fury merged to help create Colorado Rush in 1996. Lux, a keeper, went on to play collegiality at Drury in Springfield, Mo., in 1999 and 2000 and then the University of Denver in 2002 and 2003. He also played with the Fort Wayne Fever of the PDL and the Denver Kickers of the NPSL.

In 2006, he shifted gears into coaching. He joined Rush Pikes Peak in 2010 and became Director of Coaching for Juniors and Keepers before becoming the Director of the Youth Academy Division. In 2013, he became Pikes Peak's first Director of Soccer Operations. Brian holds a USSF A License, Youth License, NSCAA Premier Diploma and a USSF National GK License.

Now with Mo Rush, his top priorities as Technical Director will be to develop the club training program and curriculum as well as the club culture and player identification and development. Among those areas, Brian said he'll be focusing on creating sustainable growth, providing good facilities and training and also creating good exposure for Rush players.

"Brian is a Rush guy and speaks our language," said Nick Teater, Mo Rush Vice President. "We are excited about the possibilities Brian brings to Missouri Rush and the insight he brings on a national level."

Brian, who is also Rush's Technical Director for the Caribbean, was among 90 applicants. The Missouri Rush board conducted phone interviews with 16 of the candidates, before narrowing the field to four and then naming Brian as Technical Director.

Brian is scheduled to officially come aboard in time for the Rush Mother's Day Classic and College Showcase on May 8-10 at the SLYSA fields. He also plans to visit before then. "I haven't set a date yet but I'd like to introduce myself, get things rolling," he says.

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Re: Missouri Rush

Postby Huskies » Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:56 pm

Is TA still one of the director/coaches at Missouri Rush?

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Re: Missouri Rush

Postby Longball » Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:10 am

Rumor has it, him and Chico are going to SLSG to start up the SLSG Mid-Rivers complex.

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Re: Missouri Rush

Postby Huskies » Sun Feb 01, 2015 8:51 am

That will be good for him and SLSG. Is he taking any of the Mo Rush teams with him? He probably would have been better off staying with Bino's instead of joining Mo Rush.

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Re: Missouri Rush

Postby dgfred » Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:00 pm

Wednesday February 4th is a momentous day for High School Seniors across the country as players can officially sign their Letter of Intent to play College Soccer. Rush Soccer would like to congratulate all of our graduating seniors and wish the best of luck to you all in your next soccer venture!

Below are the Rush players committing to schools on Wednesday and the University to which they will be attending.
Megan Anth Grand Canyon University DI
Brooke Greiner Eastern Illinois University DI
Lauren Nosal Murray State University DI
Nicole Bascio University of Illinois-Springfield DII
Hailey Carbray Lindenwood University DII
Madeline Cowell University of Missouri Western DII
Karisa Rodgers University of Illinois-Springfield DII
Annie Valenti University of Illinois-Springfield DII
Hailey Womack University of Central Missouri DII
Jesse Arevalo Rockford University DIII
Brendan Willers Rockford University DIII
Leah Bonugli William Woods University NAIA
Maggie Houska Culver-Stockton College NAIA
Samantha Lang St. Ambrose University NAIA
Megan Peterson Stephens College NAIA
Taylor Andert Lewis and Clark Community College NJCAA
Natalie Otten Lewis and Clark Community College NJCAA
Hailey Todd Lewis and Clark Community College NJCAA

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