Riverview youth soccer player reaching new heights

If you see a group of boys about, oh, 12 years old or so playing soccer, chances are pretty good one of them is Riverview’s Denin Oglecevac.
Oglecevac, a student at Seitz Middle School, plays a lot of soccer. With a lot of teams. He plays for the Downriver Rush, the the Michigan select team, the U.S. National squad and his primary club, The Northville Rush. There are others, too, but those are the primary teams.
Last fall, Oglecevac and his Northville Rush teammate Ali Khaled of Grosse Ile, were invited to Arizona to try out for the Rush World Select team. Out a nealy 100 players from across the United States and Canada, Olgecevac and Khaled were both picked for the “A” team.
It’s hardly surprising that the two Downriver teammates made the select team as a package.
“They have known each other a long time and they have been playing together since they were little kids,” said Olgecevac”s father, Eniz. “Those two could find each other even if they were blindfolded.”
To understand how big a deal it is to make the top Rush World Select Team, you first need to realize how big an organization Rush Soccer is.
Based in Denver, Rush Soccer is an international sports organization focused on the development of players. Rush Soccer partners with 85 clubs across the globe, and provides comprehensive club development curriculum that benefits over 32,000 players through professionally-run trainings, tournaments, and a cutting edge coaching system developed to enhance players’ skills both on and off the field.
With the Rush World Select team, Olgecevac and his mates will travel the world.
The team will first go to Milan Italy where it will play in San Siro Stadium, which Eniz Olgecevac said is among the top soccer stadiums in the world.
Playing on such a big stage will be really nothing new for Denin Oglecevac, who last year played with the North American Select team in the Dallas International Cup at the Cotton Bowl in Texas.
Oglecevac was the only Michigan-based player on the team.
It was an amazing experience, according to Eniz Olgecevac, who said the event was among the biggest youth tournaments in the world. He said 42 different countries were represented, including the likes of North Korea and South Africa.
Olgecevac was also invited last year to play in England with the Tottenham Hotspur development program. While there, he played games at Wembley Stadium, perhaps the Mecca of professional soccer.
Oglecevac has been playing soccer since he was three years old, according to his father and he got a good start on bascs from Ben Zolinsky, who was his first coach.
Zolinsky is the longtime Riverview High School coach and he runs Z’s Skill Zone during the summer and it’s a program that Denin started in and still participates in.
Because, if you are Denin Olgecevac, there is no such thing as too much soccer.

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