Philadelphia, PA, March 13 -Michael Monheit, USA Open Futsal Chair for the 19th World Maccabiah Games, announced the appointment of the Open Men’s Futsal team that will participate in the Games, July 2013.

Monheit, who will serve as head coach has been coaching Futsal for the past three years. Two years ago Monheit started the American Futsal Academy and has won five northeast regional championships in U.S. Futsal competitions, four northeast regional championships in U.S. Youth Futsal competition, and over a dozen state championships.

“I expect us to play a tight, disciplined style of play, with a focus on defense first and counter-attacks. I expect the team to compete for a medal, with tough competition coming from Brazil, Argentina, and Great Britain,” Monheit said. “I have a passion for Futsal, as it is a faster game than its closest cousin, soccer. The defensive rotation, fast break game, set plays, and one-on-one play make the game very exciting to watch and play. These Games will be particularly significant for me because my son, Matt, is on the team and getting to share this experience with him is something I am looking forward to.”

Team members are: Daniel Friedwald from Purchase, NY – Lafayette College; Jesse Goleman from Pittsburgh, PA; Ari Lewis from Jericho, NY; Michael Markovitz from Blue Bell, PA – University of Pennsylvania; Matthew Monheit from Philadelphia, PA – Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Alexander Moshal from Wynnewood, PA – George Washington University; Noah Rothstein from Los Angeles, CA – George Washington University; Nicholas Salinger from Newton, MA; Samuel Stein from Bryn Mawr, PA; and Samuel Stone from Maplewood, NJ – Bryant College.

For more information about the Maccabiah Games or to schedule an interview with one of our athletes, please contact Sara Feinstein at 215.561.6900 x119.

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, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, 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.