Local players from Western Canada RUSH will play soccer in various corners of the world this spring. Photo supplied

Soccer youths to play at international level

Seven local youth soccer players from the Western Canada RUSH Soccer Academy have been selected to play at the international level this spring in the U.S., Italy, Costa Rica and Spain.

Michael Edwards (birth year 2004), Wyatt Lyon and Jayden Sohal (2005), and Jordan Sohal, Liam Howe, Ben Langhans and Parker Guild (2007) were selected through an identification process. They will join other elite RUSH players from around the world as they take on professional academies such as AS Roma, Manchester United, AC Milan, Barcelona FC, ACF Fiorentina and the LA Galaxy.

“The Rush Academy adopts a training philosophy tailored to the capabilities, talents, and goals of each individual youth player, following a strategy that not only ensures the full development of athletes physically, but also nurtures their character and prepares them to represent themselves on a local and international stage,” said Eric Sarno, director of coaching. “I’m proud of our players to reach this level of success where they are going to be competing with the best of the best. The success achieved by all our RUSH players is the fruit of the excellent collaboration between several community soccer clubs and Western Canada Rush Academy.”

The academy has centres in the Comox Valley and Nanaimo.

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