For those not familiar with College Soccer in America, George Mason is one of the top clubs in the NCAA’s Division 1.
They reached the National Championship on eight occasions, most recently in 2006 and 2008.
George Mason University is located in Fairfax, Virginia, roughly a 15 minute drive from Washington. Corey will bring his considerable experience to the Patriots defence along with a formidable recruiting class.
Playing in the Atlantic 10 (A10) Conference, against the likes of University of Dayton, Fordham and La Salle, George Mason will be hoping to challenge for honours.
Chambers will not be joining George Mason until August so is still available to Wexford until then.
He will be coached at GMU (George Mason University) by Greg Andrulis. The 59 year-old, a former goalkeeper himself, spent nine years coaching at MLS club Columbus Crew. He was Assistant Manager alongside Tom Fitzgerald for five years, before taking the reins himself in 2001. He went on to win the US Open Cup in 2002, and in 2004 won the MLS Coach of the year.
On Cory joining the College in the fall Andrulis told theleagueofireland.com “We are excited to have Corey join us this fall. He follows some pretty good Irish goalkeepers who have made there way over here.”
“John O’Hara was here from 2001-2004, he was an All-American and played some professionally. I actually saw him play for Sligo Rovers. He then joined our staff and was my assistant for many years. He is currently serving as US Soccer U-17 National Team goalkeeping coach. His family is from Mayo.”
“Martin Dunphy another Irish All-American goalkeeper played here in 1986-1989. He has been an incredibly successful Business man with companies in China, England and throughout Great Britain. He was recognized last year as the George Mason Alumnus of the Year. Both John and Martin are in our Soccer Hall of Fame.”
“Corey has the experience at the National Team Level, having played Centenary Shield for the Republic of Ireland, and the Club level to come to the States and be an impactful player and have a great career at George Mason.”
“Mason has been traditionally one of the Top 20-30 teams in the Country. As late as 2 years ago we finished first in our conference and 17th in the country. Our tough season last year was in no short measure due to our inability to keep the ball out of the back of the net, and we look for Corey to fix that issue and help us return to National prominence.”
theleagueofireland.com caught up with 19 year-old Cory and asked him how the opportunity came about. He said, “I started the process around February of last year when I was in contact with ScholarshipSportsUSA, and they believed I could get into a top level Division 1 program over there.”
“I decided to defer a course in Science in NUI Galway for a year to pursue the possibility of a scholarship offer in the States.”
“I was in contact with many colleges and had several offers in the past few months but I felt that George Mason was the perfect place for me both academically and athletically.”
“This year they had players drafted into the MLS and a few seasons ago they won their conference so they have a great program in place for developing players. Also the college is around a 15 minute drive from the capital Washington D.C, so the location was another big attraction for me.”
We asked him what his ambition was whilst over there, “My ambitions for my time in America would be to develop my game and improve as a goalkeeper, with the aim of signing somewhere professionally after my 4 year scholarship. Whether that be over there, back home or somewhere in Europe, all the while having a strong degree from a great college to fall back on whenever my footballing days are finished.”
“I’m really looking forward to a new challenge, training everyday in top class facilities and facing a new lifestyle and experience.”
As for what he’ll be studying over there Cory said, “I haven’t fully decided what I will be majoring in as of yet, but I’m looking to study something in the area of Science, similar to what I had chosen in Galway.”
Corey feels his time spent in the League of Ireland will be hugely beneficial when he heads stateside, “I’ve really enjoyed my time in the League of Ireland with Bray, Waterford and Wexford, and feel like it has given me the platform and experience to tackle this new challenge in America head on.”
His manager at wexford, Damian locke was quick to wish Corey he best of luck, but also disappointed to be losing a top keeper, “Yeah it looks like Corey is off to America in August on a scholarship.”
“He has done really well the last few weeks stepping in for Graham who is back in full training this week.”
“We are delighted for him to get this opportunity and will certainly wish him all the best.”
Chambers continued “I’m fully committed to Wexford right now and my focus is on getting results and climbing up the table before I leave in August, as there is lots of football to be played between now and then.”