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George Mason men add two more players for 2009 season

Potomac Soccer Wire

George Mason men’s soccer head coach Greg Andrulis has added a pair of recruits to his highly-touted 2009 class, which was recently ranked in the Top-15 in the nation by College Soccer News. Both Chase Miller and Alhagi Toure add impressive credentials to the class.

Miller is a defender from Duncannon, Pa., who has represented the U.S. National Team at every age level he has been eligible for (U-14, U-15 and U-17). He was captain of the U-14, U-15 and U-17 (Second Team) National Teams and is the fourth Mason player, along with Richard Edgar, Axel Levry and Ryan Gracia, to spend time in the full-time residency program with the U-17 Boy's National Team in Bradenton, Fla.

During the summer of 2009, Miller was a teammate of fellow Mason recruit Benny Barshai on the U-18 IMG Academy Team that finished in third place in the nation. He also played on the IMG Academy soccer program U-16 Team that won back-to-back Southeast Division Championships in 2008 and 2009. Miller served as team captain for the Academy’s U-16 Team and earned the team’s MVP award. Miller has competed in international tournaments in Argentina, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Uruguay.

Toure is a forward from Atlanta, Ga, who was born in The Gambia, Africa. One of the most coveted attacking recruits in the country, he was named the Top Player to Watch by ESPN Rise after his performance at Disney’s Soccer Showcase. A graduate of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., Toure played club soccer for Cobb FC and Alpharetta. During the summer of 2009, he played with the Atlanta Blackhawks of the PDL. He has an older brother, Doudou Toure, who plays professional soccer for Monterrey of the Mexican First Division Soccer League.

In addition to their exploits on the field, Miller and Toure both excel in the classroom as well. Both graduated from high school early to enroll at George Mason University in the fall to continue their education while competing for the Patriots.

Miller and Toure join a recruiting class that was recently ranked the 15th-best in the country by College Soccer News. In addition to Miller and Toure, the class includes Cooper Barham (Odessa, Texas), Benny Barshai (Bangkok, Thailand), Michael D'Arrigo (Tucson, Ariz.), Victor Freeman (Bowie, Md.), Laurent Newsome (Alexandria, Va.) and Ryan Reichmann (Hicksville, N.Y.).

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