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Feb, 2021

Rush Select PDT Weston Cup Sucess!

February 15, 2021 - Maryland Rush 2005 Girls USYS EDP National League player and Captain, Gemma Tamburri, led her National Rush Select team to the Weston Cup & Showcase U16 Girls Showcase Gold Championship on President's Day weekend in Naples, Florida.

Gemma traveled to Florida for the President's Day weekend to meet up with the rest of the players from around the country that had been selected by the National Rush Program called "Rush Select" for the annual PDT tournament selected by the Rush Select Program. This was Gemma's second time being selected to represent Rush Nation at a PDT event, the last time was in Phoenix, Arizona in 2019. There was no event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gemma was the lone representative from of Maryland Rush this year at this National spotlight event. She flew down to Florida very early in the morning on Friday, February 12th to meet up with the other girls select on the team she was assigned, which were from all corners of the country. What's impressive about that, is these girls really don't know one another, and they don't know the Rush coaches assigned either. They just met each other on Friday, the day before the event started.
All the Rush Select teams met at the soccer complex and had an opening ceremony for Rush Select Nation (see photo below) and meet their new teammates from around the country for the first time. These players are all on their own Rush Club teams in whatever state they were selected from.

  Rush Select Opening Ceremony at the Weston Cup - Feb 12, 2021

After the opening ceremony, meeting their new Rush Select teammates and receiving their new Rush Select jersey's, they went and had a training session to get to know each other before playing together in less than 24 hours.

On Saturday morning, February 13th, the 2005 Girls gathered at the beach to have a warm-up, stretching, and get to know each other a bit (see picture below)

 Rush Select 2005 Girls Beach Morning Warm Up

The Weston Cup Begins for Gemma and the other 2005 Girls Rush Select players....

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Game 1 vs. South Orlando SC 2005 Premier Girls - Result: Win 5 - 0
Gemma has a brace (2 goals) in the game and leads the team to a decisive victory in the opening game in the U16 Girls Showcase Gold Flight.

Game 2 vs. Tropical Soccer Sunrise Prime FC Elite 2005 Girls - Result: Win 2-1
Gemma scores one of the two goals for her Rush Select team in this close game, her 3rd goal in two games.

Day 1 was a huge success for the Rush Select 2005 Girls and for Gemma (as seen in her smile in the picture below)

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Game 3 vs. Florida West FC 05 FCL - Result: Win 2 - 0
Gemma bags another goal, the first goal of the game beating both center backs for a cross from the right and while sliding, scored in the lower left corner. The team wins and advances to the Championship game of the Flight.

Game 4 (Championship Game) vs. Tropical Soccer Sunrise Prime FC Elite 2005 Girls - Result: Win 3-1
Gemma has numerous chances, but doesn't score in this one. Team wins the game and the U16 Girls Showcase Gold Flight Champioship .

Final numbers are in....
Gemma Tamburri led her National Rush Select team in scoring over the weekend with 4 goals over the 4 games played. She actually scored 1/3 of the teams overall goals (4 of 12) leading the team to the Weston Cup & Showcase U16 Girls Showcase Gold Championship!
Our club is extremely proud of Gemma and her accomplishments not only on the field, but off the pitch as well. She represents everything great about Rush Soccer, our mission and values.
Well done!


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