Philadelphia, PA, February 6 – David Stone, USA Open Men’s Soccer Chair for the 19th World Maccabiah Games, announced the Open Men’s Soccer team that will participate in the Games, July 2013. This talented team will be coached by Preston Goldfarb, whose vast experience coaching soccer at the NCAA level for 30 years will steer the team towards victory. Goldfarb will be assisted by Warren Russ, who is the current head coach at Georgia Southwestern University.

“Coach Goldfarb is an experienced and successful coach. He has great tactical abilities, as well leadership qualities that will make him ideal for the Maccabiah Team. The players look up to and respect him,” Stone said.  “He also understands the Maccabi philosophy and the fact that this event is about more than athletics or soccer. It is about lifelong friendships and exposure to Jewish culture as it exists throughout the world.”

Team members include: David Abidor from Northbrook, IL, a sophomore at the University of Dayton; Alexander Arsht from La Jolla, CA, a junior at the University of California San Diego; Ross Friedman from Bexley, OH, a sophomore at Harvard University; Adam Green from Chicago, IL, a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania; Ryan Jones from Holland, PA, a senior at Marywood University; Matthew Kadoch from Wallingford, PA, a senior at Millersville University; Daniel Kohen from Beverly Hills, CA, a sophomore at San Diego State University; Kovi Konowiecki from Long Beach, CA, a junior at Wake Forest University; Max Kurtzman from Bryn Mawr, PA, a sophomore from the University of Pennsylvania; Scott Lakin from Deerfield, IL, a junior at Northwestern University; Jacob Lissek from Highlands Ranch, CO, a junior at Fairleigh Dickinson University; Evin Nadaner from Bronx, NY, a junior at Boston University; Jake Pace from Columbia, MD, a junior at the University of Maryland; Charles Paris from Venice, CA, a graduate of Yale University; William Pleskow from Culver City, CA, a sophomore at the University of Washington; Drew Rosenberg from Short Hills, NJ, a senior at Peddie School; Scott Rowling from Richboro, PA, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire; Eric Weberman from Farmington Mills, MI, a sophomore from Northwestern University; Gary Weisbaum from Baltimore, MD, a graduate of Loyola University Marymount; and Adam Zernik from San Diego, CA, a senior at the University of California San Diego.

“Expectations for this team are very high. I believe we have the right players to make this team a strong competitor for the Gold Medal!” Goldfarb said. “I always wanted to coach the Open Men’s Soccer Team after coaching the Juniors Team in 2009. This would be the pinnacle of my coaching career, and having a chance to win a Gold Medal makes it more significant.”

“I expect this team to be very competitive and they will advance to the medal rounds,” Stone said. “The team is well-balanced and made up of very strong, tested athletes from some of the best college and club teams in the nation.”

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.

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