Melina H from the Iowa Rush Girls State Championship U16 Team recently was invited to travel to Arizona to take part in the U.S. Soccer National Training Camp. We are all very proud of Melina's hard work and recognition for being invited to train in this highly competitive environment. Senior Girls Director and U16 Girls Head Coach Daryl Brazeau said "It is great to once again have an Iowa Rush player attend a National Training Camp. Melina has worked very hard throughout her time at the Rush and she deserved this opportunity".
Melina joins a growing list of Iowa Rush Players who have been invited to U.S. Soccer National Training Events, including Megan Fuller who went on to play at the Ohio State University, and Rachel McCloskey who currently plays at the University of Minnesota.
See below to read about Melina's personal experiences at the U.S. Soccer ODP National Training Camp:
"As part of the US Soccer National Training Camp, I got to spend five days with about 80 girls from all over the U.S. in Phoenix, Arizona. We practiced in teams of 12-14, focusing on topics like transitioning and defensive shape. Each of the four teams was scrambled, meaning it included players from all four regions. We trained twice a day, and each training consisted of either regular practices with our scrambled teams, small-sided games, or full-field games. I think being on a very competitive team with Iowa Rush definitely prepared me for this event, and all in all, I had a great experience."