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Rush's Siguenza makes splash
by Paul Kennedy, March 21st, 2012 12:20AM

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[FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ...] Salvadoran youth star Ruben Siguenza quickly showed off his stuff, scoring a hat trick in his second game since joining Colorado Rush, an 8-1 win over Texas club Classics Elite on Sunday. He is part of an influx of Salvadoran youth players who have arrived as a part of an international exchange program between Rush and FESA, a multi-sport program to provide opportunities for Salvadoran youth. For four things to know about Siguenza ...

FESA OUTREACH. FESA (Federacion Educando a un Salvadoreno) is developing Salvadoran athletes in soccer, swimming, even baseball. Indeed, the program started as a baseball program and expanded into soccer in 2005. Seven players on El Salvador's U-23 national team have tied to FESA. Younger players are heading to the United States and Mexico. Colorado Rush welcomed Jonathan Barahona and Siguenza, while Texas Rush added Miguel Avendano, Kevin Barahona, Diego Coca, Edgardo Mira and Giovanni Zavaleta.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. Siguenza and Barahona are scheduled to remain with Rush through August 2012. They said the opportunity to play soccer and get an education was an important reason to join Rush and live with host families.

WORLD TRAVELER. This isn't Siguenza's first stay abroad. He spent time in the Sevilla youth program in Spain. More recently, he traveled to Italy, so he wasn't taken back by the cold weather he and Barahona experienced when they moved to the Denver area this winter.

IMPACT PLAYER. The win over Classics Elite was just the second in seven games for the U-17/18 Rush, which had only scored six goals in its first six Development Academy games. Next up: the first of two regular-season meetings with archrival Real Colorado March 31 at the Stadium Field at Highlands Heritage Park.



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  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: March 21, 2012 at 12:49 p.m.
    While I applaud this fine, honorable as well as a compassionate program between the Rush and FESA, I am of the opinion that it is more beneficial for clubs of the Rush's caliber to look in its own back and front yards for talent, no matter their ethnicity, race or nationality. Granted, the program is honorable, however, how much longer or how long will it take for local US based clubs, from the academy type to the semi-professional and professional MLS teams to wake up and smell the coffee accepting the "brutal fact" that we do have a new generation of players with skills just as good as those being brought over? All one has to do is to take a good look by opening eyes and hearing those in the know of where the talent is: inner-outer cities, the unaffiliated and affiliated teams, clubs, leagues, accross the breadth and width of this great land of ours. This issue has been gone over and over and over for more than almost two decades, yet the so-called powers that be, have had a tendency of turning a blind eye and a deaf ear and still don't want to accept the fact that there is aplethora of talented youth players who would more than likely give it their all to be identified, recruited and "signed" to one of these clubs. Anyhow, just a thought to continue pondering and mull over in the months, years to come.


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