METUCHEN, N.J. – Albany Rush will join United Women’s Soccer in the East Conference this year.
The Capital District team is the second new organization to be added to the UWS East in the past few weeks, alongside the New Jersey Teamsterz Football Club. The Albany, N.Y.-based club has been in operation since 2016 as a region of New York Rush and has a comprehensive youth program with more than 80 teams and 1,000 players.
Albany Rush will launch it first-ever adult women’s program. Tryouts will be held in May 2021 with times and dates to be confirmed.
“We are excited to add an Albany team to the East Conference as it’s a perfect geographical fit for UWS,” UWS commissioner Joe Ferrara. Jr. said in a statement”The ownership group has a proven track record in both professional and amateur soccer in the United States and will be a positive addition to our league.”
Brian Gordon will serve as Rush head coach. The Erskine, Scotland native has worked in the college game as assistant women’s coach with the University at Albany and head women’s coach at his alma mater Hartwick College. Gordon guided Hartwick to double digit wins his final two years, the first time since the 1991-92 seasons. He has earned a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma.
“We are very excited to add to the landscape of women’s soccer in the Albany area,” Gordon said in a statement. “There are a lot of quality players in the area who are eager to play at a high level during the summer. I am excited that we are able to accommodate their needs while expanding what Albany Rush has to offer.”
The team is associated with Northeast Rush, which operates underneath the umbrella of Rush Soccer. That is an international sports organization focused on the development of soccer players. Northeast Rush is composed of clubs based in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Connecticut Shoreline and New York. With more than 150 teams and 2,000 players, Northeast Rush is one of the largest Rush groups within the organization.
“We are very excited about having our Albany Rush team participate in UWS,” Northeast Rush president Danielle Athanasiadis said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing this high level of women’s soccer to the Rush Family and Albany community this summer.”