Thursday, June 28, 2007

Famous Jewish Soccer Legends

The word from Grant Wahl in this week's Sports Illustrated that US Gold Cup hero Benny Feilhaber is in fact a member of the tribe (Brazilian - Austrian, no less) got me thinking about other prolific US soccer players among the Chosen. I came up with a pretty strong list...

-Jeff Agoos of the 134 US caps and high profile own-goals against Jamaica (WC '98 Qualifying) and Portugal ('02 World Cup).

-Feilhaber's current US teammate and Chivas USA back Jonathan Bornstein

-Viva magazine pinup and former Cosmos keeper Shep Messing

-Survivor winner and founder of Grassroot Soccer Ethan Zohn

-US Women's team defender Sarah Whalen, who childed me at Nathan Hale's pub in NYC during the '02 World Cup for ordering a Diet Coke (instead of a beer, or a Manischewitz) at 3am, a few hours before reporting to work

-Becks, who is 1/4 Hebrew. We'll take him!

Heading to Montreal tomorrow for the U20s match vs. Korea. Will post photos/stories after the holiday. Enjoy the Copa and the U20 World Cup!

6 comments:

David Keyes said...

Jon Stewart (aka Jon Leibowitz), baby! He played at William and Mary.

Oh, and if the US had hired Jose Pekerman, we would have had a Jewish coach (and nightly jokes on Sportscenter about his name). Argentine players Juan Pablo SorĂ­n and Walter Samuel are also Jewish.

Other Jewish players include:

David Jemmali of Tunisia
Daniel de Ridder of Holland
Andriy Voronin of Ukraine

dan reines said...

Mia Hamm? Not kosher? No, I guess not.

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Dan said...

Captain Dan Calichman!

Mr. Fish said...

How could I forget the Jewfro?

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