Albany, N.Y.- Second year UAlbany men's soccer head coach Trevor Gorman prepares his players for the next two weeks before the season-opener against Syracuse on Friday, August 24 at 7 pm. The Great Danes are scheduled with two exhibition games, one against the Crusaders of Holy Cross on Thursday, August 16 and St. Rose/Nyack on Monday, August 20.

The Great Danes return eight of their eleven starters from the 2011 campaign. Two of those returning starters, senior midfielder Jeff Pierre and sophomore defender Dominic McGarr, were named the 2012 captains.

Of those eight returners, in the front are goal-scorers Quintel Gates and Brandon Wilson who come back having scored 10 of the 24 total goals from last season. "In addition to Wilson and Gates, we have a number of other options such as freshman Philip Persson (Norrkoping, Sweden)  who can play up front, Anthony Rozzano and  Ivan Martinez these are players who play at a good level so we have the ability to play some different combinations that will help us out", said head coach Trevor Gorman on the freshman forwards.

Having a big gap to fill will be the midfield position with the losses of senior captains Anthony DeSalvo and David Pinto, who combined for five goals and one assist last season. The team will look at Jeff Pierre and Pomare Te Anau to grab a hold of the midfield reigns. Both players combined for six goals and seven assists last season.

A position in which the team will look at as its strength will be the back line with all four starters returning. Three-year Great Dane starter junior Christoffer Nisser, senior Arsenio Elliot, junior Thomas Manz and sophomore Dominic McGarr helped the UAlbany defense hoist four shutouts last season.

Finally, a position up for grabs this preseason will be goalkeeper, having lost senior goalkeeper Adrian Foncette. Foncette posted a great 2011 season, having recorded four shutouts, 68 saves and a 1.31 goals against averaged. "With senior Scott Kessler going down with injury earlier this summer, the position battle will be between Tim Mingione, who has been plagued with injury the last two seasons, and newcomer Tim Allen, who is coming from Austrailia", said head coach Gorman on the goalkeeper battle. "We will look to see who is ready to step between the pipes right from the beginning to claim the starting spot".