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!


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 Sorín 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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