B13 Select representing in Italy
Thirty of the top U13 boys from Rush Soccer are in Italy competing in the 3rd Rush Select International trip (following the two trips the B16 players took to Real Madrid in 2013). Alongside the sightseeing, the guys have already shown what they are capable of playing in a 4 way round robin friendly tournament in Lake Como, Italy. The two teams (named Rush Select VA and Rush Select CO) were too good for the local teams easily beating them both and ending up playing each other for the final game. From this tournament the teams were chosen to compete in the main event Margine Pro Tournament.
Next the boys trained at the Italian National Training Center (pictured above). Both teams again surprised the Italians with the picture below showing the Rush Select CO starting 11, which after a 3-0 opening win, beat the host team Margine Coperta 2-0 with goals from Cole Bassett (CO) and Sean Yoshida (HI). The Rush Select VA team also won both games with a score of 2-0 and 3-0, which now sets them up with a showdown with the professional youth teams. Rush Select CO will be playing Sienna and Rush Select VA will be playing Livorno and coaches, Matt Mittelstaedt (VA), Dan Highstead (PP), Matt Saul (MI) and John Salvatore (CT) are quietly confident that they could get a result.
There will be more sightseeing like the picture here of the boys at Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo de Milano and more soccer. Stay tuned for more updates as they arrive.
Good Luck boys.