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Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2016 – Bryan Pollack, Overall Juniors Boys’ Soccer Chairman for the 20th World Maccabiah Games USA Organizing Committee, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Nemzer as Head Coach for Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Soccer team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games. Nemzer coached the undefeated Open Women’s Soccer Team at the 2015 European Games in Berlin, Germany and is currently the Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer team at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.

“Coaching the undefeated Women’s Soccer Team in Berlin was such a powerful experience. I am excited to once again be part of the Maccabi USA organization, this time for the World Maccabiah Games, which to me is a whole different playing field,” Nemzer said. Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Soccer team members will be part of the overall 1,200+ member USA Team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games.

Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish athletes to represent Team USA in Soccer at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in the following divisions: Juniors Boys (born 2001-2002) & Girls (born 1999-2002), Youth Mens (born 1999-2000), and Open Mens & Womens (ages 18-35).

The 20th World Maccabiah Games are the world’s third largest international sporting event and will consist of over 10,000 athletes from 80 countries participating in 42 sports.

Juniors Boys’ Soccer tryouts will be taking place in January 2017. Applications for the Games must be submitted prior to the tryout. Please visit to apply for the Games.

For more information, please contact Program Director Shane Carr, at (215) 561-6900, or by email at or Bryan Pollack at

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.


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