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Oct, 2017

U14 DA Player of the Week

The weekend of September 23 and 24 was the inaugural kickoff of the US Soccer Girls' Development Academy. The 04 Rush team couldn’t have asked for a better start as they welcomed in the Dallas Texans and FC Dallas to Denver's Metro soccer field. On Saturday, Rush beat the Texans 6-3 with four different goal scorers. Then on Sunday, Rush took down a very strong FC Dallas team  2-1, which meant they were 2-0-0 in the Frontier Conference straight out of the gate.


Among those players putting in consistent and strong performances was Colorado Rush's #10 and team captain Gracie Reynolds. Gracie was named U14 Development Academy Player of the Week. Against the Texans Gracie recorded a hat trick as an attacking midfielder. On Sunday Gracie stepped up and slotted home a penalty kick to open up the scoring after Kylie Smith sliced and diced two FC Dallas defenders right before being brought down in the box. With the score 1-1, Reynolds combined with teammates before rattling the crossbar from 25 yards out which rebounded down to 04 Rush forward, Elli Higashi, who calmly put in the game’s winning goal.


"The demands we put on our players here [Rush] in training, but yet the freedom they get in the games are unlike any other around the country. Our players are taught to be thinkers and problem solvers where intelligence, passion, tenacity and technique must overcome pace, strength, and power. Gracie is a special player. She's a prime example for the rest of the country of what defines a Rush player: The way she sees the game, her ability to change it with a crafty pass in tight spaces or on the dribble, as well as how she can influence others around her. Knowing Gracie, she'll just say, "That's cool," and be just as happy for herself as if it was one of her own teammates being recognized. That's the type of player she is: humble and hardworking. - Russell Finch, 04 Colorado Rush Head Coach 


Gracie, like many of her teammates, totally buys into the club’s philosophy [Rush Way] where the club, coach, and player all wanting the same end goal truly exists. Gracie trains with the Boys 04 Development Academy teams through the club’s Tutor program, she gets up early in the mornings for the Center program, she trains at Friday night finishing, and she is even one of the top kids in the Juggling Club with 2,284 feet ONLY juggles.


"It's so exciting to receive such an honor. As I learn more and more about the game I am realizing that it is hard for me to accept being recognized individually knowing that my success often times is a result of the success of my teammates and coaches. As you saw last weekend at our games, I am surrounded by a lot of quality individuals on the field who helped me earn this recognition." #RUID  

-Gracie Reynolds, 04 Colorado Rush


Gracie is also a member of the US Training Center and was selected for the US Regional Training Center this past Summer. Gracie and her team travel to Austin and Houston to play Lonestars and the Dash in their next Development Academy games.


Rush Soccer would like to congratulate Gracie, and the rest of her teammates, on a great start to the season!


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