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Alvaro Saldana prepares for Colorado Academy

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So Cal Rush athlete continues playing in Hawaii

Alvarito

Alvaro Saldana had been playing with the So Cal Rush B95 team for years until it dissolved. As a former guest player for Hawaii Rush, the opportunity presented itself to have Alvarito continue his relationship with the Rush Family by playing with the Hawaii crew.  Alvaro has been in Hawaii since the summer of 2011 being hosted by a local family, and he is now ready to make a move to Colorado to tryout for the Academy. He writes: "they love how SoCal Players play the game, it just shows that SoCal Rush has some Good coaches and players"

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For the last eight months I have been in Hawaii training and getting ready to tryout for the Colorado Rush Academy.  I been living with a wonderful family that supports me in not just soccer but school also. I've been involved  with coaching as well as playing on two teams, the BU16 and the Division One Men's League. This past February I was invited to play with Rush Select in PDT (President's Day Tournament) in Scottsdale, AZ. I train with multiple  coaches, the main coach I train with is Arian Hoxha (Hawaii Rush TD) he also came from Colorado Rush as a coach. My other coach is Steve Whitehouse, who coached for the Chicago Fire before coming to Hawaii, he is my BU16 coach. Coach Nico is a great goalie coach and a finishing coach. The three of these coaches are good mentors to me, they help me have a better feel of the game, and thats why in the next couple months I will be on my way to Denver Colorado trying out for the BU18  Rush Academy.  - Alvaro Saldana

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This is our 96B Nike ohana, which Alvaro has fit himself into.  This picture was taken at the 2011 Honolulu Marathon.  When Alvaro heard that we had to get up at 1:30AM, because we had a thirty minute drive from Mililani to Hawaii Kai to get there by 3AM, he was not a happy camper.  This was our team's 4th year running our Maunalua Beach Park aid-station; providing water, gatorade and ice sponges for the more than 25,000 runners passing through.  Every year comes with one major obstacle and this year we struggle with strong winds.  We had to build towers of water and gatorade cups.  When we got our second layer almost done, the winds would pick up and blow it all down.  Wow, we were in a panic.  Alvaro and his teammate TJ were working together building their water cup tower and figured it out, no lip on one side and where to stack the first row of cups.  We completed our setup with only minutes to spare, what a big sense of accomplishment.  As the day wore on, Alvaro found out how much fun and rewarding it is to be a part of this event.  He wants to come back to Hawaii this coming December to do it again with his team.   - Cecily Williams (Team Administrator)

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