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Marco Velez
Marco  Velez

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sarasota, Fla.

High School:
IMG Academy

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 191

Position:
GK

Experience:
3L

08/31/2015

Gamecocks Move to 2-0 with 4-2 Victory vs. Georgia Southern

Four different Gamecocks tally goals in victory

08/28/2015

Gamecocks Open 2015 with 2-1 Victory over Mercer

Freshman Ben Davidson, senior Jeffrey Torda score the goals for South Carolina

03/30/2015

Gamecock Men's Soccer Celebrates 2014 Season at Year-End Banquet

10/29/2014

Knudsen's 89th-Minute Goal Gives Gamecocks 1-0 Win at Old Dominion

Redshirt freshman drives home free kick from 30 yards away to keep SC perfect in C-USA road matches

10/17/2014

Four Unanswered Goals Gives Gamecocks 4-3 win at Florida Atlantic

Redshirt sophomore Mikkel Knudsen posts two goals to send game into OT, Kaba wins it

09/08/2015

Men's Soccer vs. UNC Greensboro - Sept. 8, 2015

Shots from the 3-3 tie between the Gamecocks and Spartans on Sept. 8, 2015 at Stone Stadium.

09/04/2015

Men's Soccer vs. Mercer - 2015 Season Opener

Shots from our season opening win vs. Mercer on Aug. 28, 2015 at Stone Stadium.

08/24/2015

Men's Soccer vs. Furman Exhibition

Pictures from South Carolina's 2-1 win in exhibition play against Furman on Aug. 23, 2015 at Stone Stadium in Columbia.

08/13/2015

Day Two of '15 Men's Soccer Practice

Allen Sharpe came out to see the Gamecocks on their second day of practice in 2015, getting good looks behind the scenes.

11/17/2014

2014 C-USA Tournament Championship vs. ODU

Pictures from the 2014 Conference USA Tournament Championship match between SC and Old Dominion on Nov. 16, 2014


AWARDS/HONORS
  • 2014 Conference USA All-Tournament Team
  • 2013 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
  • 2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • 2014-15 C-USA Academic Honor Roll
  • 2013-14 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
  • 2013-14 C-USA Academic Honor Roll


2016 (Senior)

    Started the first two games of the season vs. No. 3 Clemson (8/26) and Mercer (8/30)... made four saves and allowed five goals in 193 minutes of action.


2015 (Junior)

    Started five matches in goal ... Had 18 saves, including nine against UNC Greensboro (9/8) ... Gained wins over Mercer (8/28) and Georgia Southern (8/31).


2014 (Sophomore)

    Started 18 matches in goal, posting a 1.55 goals against average ... Made 62 saves in 1,626 minutes of play ... Tallied three shutouts: vs. Belmont (8/29), vs. Mercer (9/7) and vs. No. 21 UAB (10/14) in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals ... Named NSCAA National Player of the Week and C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the 2-1 double-overtime win over No. 25 Clemson (9/7) ... Made five saves in the contest, including two back-to-back stops with one of those sequences happening inside the six-yard box ... He also had a clean sheet vs. Mercer to follow, stopping three shots in that win ... Made eight stops in the win at FIU (10/8) ... Stopped six shots as part of a combined shutout at Old Dominion (10/29) ... A member of the C-USA Commissioner's and Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Rolls.


2013 (Freshman)

    Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team...started 15 of his 17 appearances after Robert Beebe with down with an injury vs. Coastal Carolina (Sept. 10)...thrust into the starting lineup the following match son on the road at No. 12 St. John's (Sept. 13)...recorded four shutouts in his freshman campaign...first clean sheet came in a 0-0 draw vs. Dartmouth (Sept. 22) in the Gamecock Classic...posted his first collegiate win in a 2-1 decision in the conference opener at eventual C-USA tournament champion Charlotte (Sept. 27)...recorded a career-high seven saves in the win over the 49ers...earned a shutout victory vs. then No. 25 and eventual College Cup participant New Mexico (Oct. 26)....earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week Honors for his performance vs. New Mexico that gave head coach Mark Berson his 450th win at South Carolina...fourth shutout came at FIU in a 0-0 draw (Oct. 30)...in 1461 minutes, had 55 saves on the season and allowed 20 goals for a 1.23 GAA.


PRE-COLLEGE

    Rated as the No. 14 signee in the Florida Region by TopDrawerSoccer.com... Starting goalkeeper for the IMG U18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy squad (member of squad since 2010)... Selected to the 2012 AX/PSC Select U.S. Team, which competed in the European Showcase (Denmark, Netherlands)... Prior to time at IMG, member of Club Deportivo Los Millonarios in Bogata, Colombia with U15/U17 squads... Named to the Bogata city all-star team in 2009 and represented the city in the 2010 national tournament... Prior to time in Columbia, spent two seasons with Atletico de Madrid.


PERSONAL

    Son of Mario and Corinna Velez... has one sister -- Hannah, and a brother -- Jamie... has triple nationality, United States, Columbia and Spain.

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