VA Rush Boys in 2015 High School Coastal Conference Finals


The 2015 Coastal Conference Finals were held tonight at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.  Ocean Lakes HS vs. First Colonial HS.  Many of our own Virginia Rush boys were out there playing on both teams.  Great job boys, you represent Virgina Rush well!


Virginia Rush Has Two Invited to US Training Center

as_ha_usntcIt 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.


VA Rush Welcomes Tony Nweke

tonyVirginia Rush is proud to announce the newest member to the coaching staff, Tony Nweke.  Tony joined us this spring and will be working with the youth girls side of the club (GU10—GU14).

Tony comes to us from Chesapeake United Soccer Club serving as their Director of Coaching for the last 14 years. He is also a Board Member of the Tidewater Soccer Referee Association. “I have gotten to know Tony over the last two years that I have been in the area.  He is a wonderful addition to the club.”, said Matt Mittelstaedt, Director of Coaching.

Tony attended the University of Maryland, College Park.  He was the “Engineer” & Director of Coaching, Chesapeake United Soccer Club, 14 years, He was Head Coach for the Piranhas, Women.  He  has been a youth coach in Norfolk, Virginia Beach Atlantic Soccer Club & Chesapeake United Soccer Club.  Tony played soccer in both Nigeria & USA.  He was a founding member of  the Tidewater Advance Soccer League (TASL) and is a Board member for the Tidewater Soccer Referee Association.

Please help Virginia Rush welcome Tony to the family!



VA Rush Welcomes Mercy Akide-Udoh

mercyVirginia Rush is proud and excited to announce the addition of “Marvelous” Mercy Akide-Udoh to our coaching staff.

Mercy started playing soccer at the age of 5 in her hometown of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. From a very early age, it was apparent that she was born to play soccer.  Mercy’s soccer accomplishments are many, and include the following:

  • Played on a soccer scholarship at Milligan College in Tennessee
  • First African Women’s Footballer of the year – 2002
  • FIFA World All-Star – 1999 & 2004
  • Two-time Olympian – Nigeria – 2000 & 2004
  • Played in (3) FIFA Women’s World Cups w/ Nigeria’s Team
  • Helped Nigeria’s Super Falcons win three African Women Championships (AWC) Titles – 1998, 2000 & 2002
  • Named by FIFA as one of its 15 Ambassadors for Women Football – 2005
  • Former WUSA Professional player (Boston  Breakers & San Diego Spirit), Hampton Roads Piranhas W-League Player
  • USL Hall of Fame Inductee-2013
  • Youth Soccer Coach – 2006-Present

Mercy’s knowledge and passion for the game, her experience as a Coach and her love and enthusiasm with kids are all reasons  why Mercy will be an incredible asset to Virginia Rush Soccer.  Welcome Mercy!


Jackie Harris/VA Rush Golf Tournament Rescheduled

Unfortunately, Virginia weather has once again reared it’s ugly head and we have been forced to reschedule the 9th Annual Jackie Harris/VA Rush Golf Tournament.  The new date for the tournament is June 26, 2015.  The good news is that this gives you extra time to sign up to sponsor the tournament and to form those golf foursomes and plan on being out there with us!


Virginia Rush and Virginia High Performance Announce Exclusive Partnership!

VHP-logoWe are very pleased to announce a new partnership with Virginia High Performance.  Virginia High Performance is a state of the art fully functional performance based gym. They work with individuals and athletes at all levels towards goals based on their needs, whether it is strength, balance and recovery. VHP’s staff will structure exclusive  training programs for our young players based off of their age, skill level and goals.


Over the past winter, our BU13 Rush team had the pleasure of working with their amazing staff.  The atmosphere and environment created by VHP and their instructors fits perfectly with our Virginia Rush model and the experience we want our teams to have on the fields.  The boys have truly enjoyed the experience and we are pleased to be able to offer this to all players within the club.

FullSizeRenderWe look forward to  building a great relationship with the VHP staff!