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GMUgemini

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We had 14 seniors last year per the Mason soccer website.

Any news on signings?

I only see two commitments right now: Evan Pedraza, Forward (Virginia Development Academy) and David Rodriguez, Midfielder (Lake Braddock)

Maybe we can grab a few Cincy castoffs now that they’ve gotten rid of soccer.
 
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GSII

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Roster has been updated somewhat. Mixed recruits, foreign and local. David Cole seems to be highest rated (3star).
 
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Roster has been updated somewhat. Mixed recruits, foreign and local. David Cole seems to be highest rated (3star).

Hard to say. A few transfers. The international players probably aren’t really rated. Jackson Lee looks interesting. He’s involved with Australia’s youth national team.
 

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https://gomason.com/news/2021/2/1/george-mason-mens-soccer-releases-spring-schedule.aspx:

"FAIRFAX, Va. – The George Mason men's soccer team unveiled its 2021 spring schedule on Monday. The Patriots will play 11 games, including six at George Mason Stadium.

The Green and Gold kick off the season on the road at Old Dominion (Feb. 20) in the first of five non-conference matches. The Patriots then host 2019 College Cup Champion Georgetown (Feb. 23) in the home opener. The Hoyas (21-1-3 in 2019) defeated Virginia 7-6 in penalty kicks on Dec. 15, 2019 at Wakemed Soccer Park in Carey, N.C. to win their first championship in program history.

The Patriots will welcome James Madison (Feb. 27) to wrap up a two-match homestand.

The Patriots have six returners and 19 newcomers on the roster heading into the first season under head coach Elmar Bolowich.

'George Mason will field a brand new squad this spring season,' Bolowich said. 'The challenge is magnified through Covid-19 quarantines, weather and field conditions, to get into a proper practice rhythm with such a young team. However, this very strong schedule will tell us right from the start where we are and what we need to do to be amongst the best.'

George Mason will play six games in March, with three home and three road matches beginning with a matchup at Virginia (March 2). The Cavaliers (21-3-1 in 2019) advanced to the championship game before falling in the 2019 College Cup Championship to Georgetown.

'I deliberately scheduled very good opponents to prepare us for conference play and give the guys enough experience to go confidently into a fall season,' said Bolowich. 'Now our efforts and hopes are that we actually can play these quality opponents. We are looking forward to the challenge.'


The Patriots play their final non-conference match of the season against William and Mary (March 6) at George Mason Stadium.

The six-game Atlantic 10 schedule includes two matches against Davidson, George Washington and VCU. The Patriots host George Washington (March 17), Davidson (March 27) and VCU (April 10).

George Mason will travel to face Davidson (March 13), VCU (March 20) and George Washington (April 3) in conference play.

The top four teams in the conference standings advance to the A-10 Semifinals on April 15. The A-10 Championship match is scheduled for April 17."
 

Pablo

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Was it the weather? I saw a Lax game was cancelled due to field conditions.

https://odusports.com/news/2021/2/16/mens-soccer-match-against-george-mason-postponed.aspx:

"NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion men's soccer match against George Mason originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20 at the ODU Soccer Complex has been postponed at the request of GMU due to safety concerns within their program."


https://guhoyas.com/news/2021/2/15/mens-soccer-announces-schedule-updates.aspx:

"WASHINGTON – Three Georgetown men's soccer games will be postponed due to a COVID-19 related concern within the Georgetown program. The contests at George Washington (Feb. 16), vs. James Madison (Feb. 19) and at George Mason (Feb. 23) are affected."
 
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At UVA today.

Interesting that the ACC is playing a spring league which is why I'm assuming we get to play Uva. ACC normal season was played on normal schedule thru the fall. Does A10 play a spring leauge?
 
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At UVA today.

Interesting that the ACC is playing a spring league which is why I'm assuming we get to play Uva. ACC normal season was played on normal schedule thru the fall. Does A10 play a spring leauge?

No. It is usually in the fall. Although UMD’s coach is leading a reform effort to get the season to span both semesters and last longer. The big knock on the NCAA is that it is designed to be a developmental step (hence why they get unlimited subs in college) but the season is too short and the offseason too long and no one really develops in college.
 

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Per his interview, seems he expected it to be a rough start with only 5 players returning. Plus they can't play the style he wants just yet.
 
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Per his interview, seems he expected it to be a rough start with only 5 players returning. Plus they can't play the style he wants just yet.

I’d be curious to see how he wants to play because if he’s trying to implement a modern style with a high back line and asking his goalkeeper and central defenders to build out of the back that is going to take several seasons to get implemented (at least a season and a half).

A counter pressing style or an open attacking style too will take awhile to implement because of all the thinking they have to do to create mismatches across the field.
 

GSII

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Seems he wants to play a high pressure in final third area. Says he will have to play a controlling middle for now.
 
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