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Jun, 2018

Dibiasi and Brandt: Rush Alumni Attend U23 National Team Training Camp

Colorado Rush alum Jordan Dibiasi joined Iowa Rush alum Meg Brandt in Carson, California, this past week for the U-23 Women’s National Team training camp. All collegiate players were called up for a 23-player roster, seven from reigning NCAA Champions Stanford, Dibiasi among them. Another call up to this squad is Meg Brandt of the Nebraska Huskers, as she made her first ever appearance at training camp.

Jordan Dibiasi began with Colorado Rush at 5 years old, growing up in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Dibiasi was team captain for 8 years, leading the Rush to the 2011 Elite Clubs National League Title and earning two-time NSCAA Youth All-America honors.

“Rush is far more than a soccer club,” spoke Dibiasi on the role Rush has played in her career. “On the field, I learned how to compete and was constantly taught the importance that technique and tactics play in soccer. These are skills that I think are very unique to our club. The Rush encourages players to push themselves out of their comfort zone and to be unafraid of failure.”

From U-14 on, Dibiasi has been consistent in her time with the U.S. youth national teams. After Dibiasi started in March 2014 for the U-18s at the 10 Nations Tournament in Spain, she was part of both U-19 and U-20 U.S. National Teams before her call to the U-23 team this month.

“I feel so honored anytime I am given the opportunity to wear the crest,” Dibiasi said. “It is such a privilege for me to be able to represent my country and I know I wouldn't have had the opportunities I did if it weren't for Rush and my coaches.”

Amidst her play with these national teams, Dibiasi is a junior midfielder for Stanford University. Dibiasi has thrived in her years with the Cardinals, earning 2015 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, 2016 NSCAA All-Pacific Region second team, 2017 All Pac-12 second team, and 2017 College Cup All-Tournament team honors.

Rush has stuck with Dibiasi amidst the successes of life, college, and even national level soccer.

“The lessons I learned on the field have also carried into my life off the field. I strive to embody and practice the Rush Core Values always. The Core Values serve as a foundation I try to live my life by. Growing up, before games, my team use to write a core value we wanted to focus on while we played. Even at school, I continue to do this. I remember writing passion on my wrist before our national championship game.”

In addition to Dibiasi, Meg Brandt, a standout from Ankeny, Iowa, has earned her first call up to the U23 team. Brandt brings skill and work ethic to the squad, establishing herself on the national stage and becoming a role model for other Rush players.

Beginning her career with Iowa Rush under Academy and Senior Girls Director Coach Daryl Brazeau, Brandt set her eyes on a goal: playing at the national level. Brandt worked to develop her skills, becoming a resilient player that does the little things well.

“She is a two-way player,” Coach Brazeau commented. “She loves to attack but has no problem getting back when she needs to. Her desire and commitment, these Rush core values go on to the next Rush kid. I can say, it is possible.”  

Brandt and Coach Brazeau went on to win three Iowa State Cups for Iowa Rush before Brandt graduated, now attending the University of Nebraska.

“During my time playing with Iowa Rush, they taught me everything I could possibly need to know in order to prepare myself for where I am today,” Brandt said. “Iowa Rush formed me into a player who loves the game and strives to be better. I met amazing coaches while playing for Iowa Rush who taught me what work ethic and mental toughness was.”

The talent Brandt brought to Iowa Rush translated to high school play, helping Akeny Centennial win a State Championship in 2013 and being named captain to the all-tournament team as a freshman. Brandt was also named to the All-America second team in 2016, following her junior year honor of 2015 Gatorade High School Player of the Year.

For the Nebraska Huskers, Brandt has shown well, being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2016, Academic All-Big Ten, and Third Team All-Big Ten teams in 2017. She has frequented the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and is gaining momentum as she moves on to the national stage.

Brandt immediately made an impact in her first scrimmage during her call up with the U-23 team, adding two assists to her resume. “I was nervous being new to it, but I was more excited to be a part of something I have always wanted to be involved in since I was 12 years old,” Brandt said. “It felt amazing to be able to come into the first game and make an impact at camp. I was surrounded by so much talent and I knew this was finally my moment to show myself as a player.”

Brandt continues to bring Rush’s Core Values to life as she chooses committed hard work and tenacity to accomplish her goals. She works even when no one seems to be looking. The U-23 Women’s National Team will continue to build its players, such as Brandt and Dibiasi, making for a surplus of talent that include Rush alumni who display the Core Values even on a national level.

To read more about the U-23 National Team training camp, click here.


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