Saturday, October 13, 2018

In Memory

Maccabi USA Men's Soccer Family,

With a heavy heart, we are passing on some sad news. We were informed earlier today that Liz Guevara, wife of Charlie Guevara, passed away yesterday after a long illness. Many of you know Charlie through his continued soccer playing in the New Jersey area and more recently as he looks to become one of our inaugural members of the O55 team headed to Mexico next summer.

Service and shiva details were provided to us as noted below and we hope that you will be available to support the entire Guevara family.

Charlie, the entire MaccabiUSA sends our condolences and we hope the memories of Liz shine bright forever.

Shiva services:
Monday 10/15 and Tuesday 10/16
1-4pm and 7-9pm
Guevara Home
36 Deer Path
Short Hills, NJ

Memorial Service:
Friday 10/19
Bnai Jesherun
1025 South Orange Ave
Short Hills, NJ

Thursday, August 23, 2018

In Memory

With a heavy heart, we need to share the recent passing of Gerald Rosenberg, Russell Rosenberg's father on Tuesday, Aug 14th. Mr. Rosenberg was in the hospital after a recent accident and unfortunately was unable to recover.

As many of you know, Russell had to miss the weekend in New Jersey and was able to spend time with his father before his passing.

We send the entire Rosenberg Family our condolences and wish them love and hope that time will heal the wounds of this loss.

God speed Gerald, and know that we will keep Russell company in your absence.

MUSA Soccer

Sunday, May 27, 2018

In Memory: Lev Deresh

We share great sadness with the passing of Lev Deresh, Dan's father who peacefully passed away yesterday evening shortly after the Champions League Final. Dan was able to be with his father and shared his final moments together.

We send Dan and his family our condolences and hope that the coming days are filled with wonderful memories to help them through the immediate grief.


Friday, May 11, 2018

MUSA Grandmaster O55 Appointments and Tryouts

It is with great pleasure that we announce the following appointments for the 2019 Pan Am O55 Men's Soccer Team.

Alec Mahrer and Ken Kramer have been appointed Co-Chairmen of the team that will compete in Mexico City.

Alec is currently a high school coach in NY and has been involved in soccer all his life playing in the German American League in the late 60's through the early 70's and was a member of the 1979 US Maccabi Pan Am team competing in Mexico City.

Ken Kramer has been involved with the Maters program for 4 years having participated with team in Las Vegas and most recently in the Copa De Mayo tournament this past weekend.

Congratulations to both of you and good luck in Mexico City.

The first responsibility of the chairmen is to select a coach and both Alec and Ken wasted no time in selecting former Masters coach (Israel '05) and player (Israel '09) Eric Brief who guided the team to a silver medal in his previous stint as the gaffer. Eric hails from New Jersey and will look to assemble a team that will better his previous result at the helm.

Congratulations to Eric on his appointment and we wish him great success through the entire campaign.

The Chairmen, Eric and an initial planning team have tentatively set an official tryout date for Aug 18-19 in New Jersey. If interested, please save the date and we will forward more details as they emerge. There is also a possibility of a west coast tryout that may coincide with a combined 35 and 45 tryout but those dates have not been finalized.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next event...

Gary "Gazza" Bernstein

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Copa De Mayo, Sunday 5/6/2018

Game 3 was played midday on Sunday and in similar fashion to previous games, MUSA gave up an early goal to go 1 behind after just 10 minutes.  With only 4 subs, the team rotated every few minutes to keep the team as fresh as possible and it finally resulted in an equalizer at the 20th minute.  After a succession of passes, the team made their way down the field and Dan Indech delivered a cross to the far post which was met by Gary Bernstein who deposited the ball into the upper corner from a tight angle. 

As the half wore on, MUSA gave up another goal as the team struggled to mount any real pressure on the Pija Goal. 

The second half was more of the same as mistakes cost MUSA another two goals and went on to be defeated 4-1 in what could have been a very different result.

Unfortunately, the next opponent was a no show and the MUSA was only able to play 3 games with a record of 0-2-1.  The team walked away from the weekend with a better idea of what it will take to be successful in Mexico and if it wasn't for injuries to both Ramin Lalezari and Boris Tumarin, the team could have faired a bit better. 

The team also saw newcomers Pierre Lotzoff and Boris Tumarin make their debut's for MUSA in what is just the beginning of the Mexico run up.

2018 GrandaddyMasters

Back Row (L-R)
D. Kurtz, Maccabi USA Alumni Director
A. Rothman '09
M. Wiznevitz '09, '11, '13, '15, '17
D. Indech '09, '11, '13, '15,
G. Bernstein '09, '13, '17
R. Rosenberg '09
K. Kramer 
J. Cohn '09
S. Cohen '05, '07, '09
B. Tumarin
R. Lalezari '05

Front Row (L-R)
B. Boone
D. Kent '09, '11, '13, '15, '17, other
D. Parks '05, '07, 09, '17
J. Mogul '11, '13
K. Silverman '11, '13
S. Agran

2005 USA Masters Soccer

Many familiar faces in our 2005 men's masters team still competing in recent events.

Ramin Lalezari
Scott Cohen
David Parks
Don Kent

Saturday, May 5, 2018

MUSA bounces back but not quite enough

MUSA went a goal down early but never gave up believing they would be in his game. As the team gained forward momentum, David Parks '05, '09 ran through the defense and unleashed a shot into the top left half of the net to tie the game just before halftime.

The second half showed more composure and with some key saves by Jeff Cohn '09, the team remained knoted at 1:1 until a combination of passes that saw the ball move from RB-RM-CM-LB-LM ending in cross to part time Jew Bob Boonowitz who ran over what seemed like 8 players to usher the ball into the goal with some unknown body part. I had no idea he had one of those.

Anyway, the lead lasted a scant few minutes until a miscue in the back saw a penalty given which was dispatched into the roof of the net for a 2:2 draw.

Much better play from MUSA and the team plays to get into the medal round at 12:15 on Sunday morning.

MUSA loses Game 1 in Copa De Mayo

MUSA lost their initial game in the Copa De Mayo 5-0 to a strong Sina FC team.

The team struggled to gain any momentum and string passes together as the transcontinental flights and a morning of kibitzing and noshing took its toll.

We celebrated the return of players from Maccabiah 2009 and 2013 and some from earlier events in South America, Europe and Australia.

The team next plays at 3:15 and look forward to a different result.

Friday, May 4, 2018

In Memory

It is with deep sadness that I must tell you of the recent passing of Abraham Alhadeff, David's father on April 22rd in Atlanta Ga.

I had been in touch with David and mentioned it to some of our brothers but I was traveling and neglected to share with everyone else.

David's father was added to our remembrance scroll and the following is what David wanted me to share with you.

I want to share with you the sad news that my Dad passed away this morning in Atlanta. My Dad was a WWII navy vet, a role model, a lifelong soccer fan, and the sweetest, most humble guy you have ever met. He was so proud of what our Maccabi team accomplished. I just want my Maccabi brothers to know of him and of his legacy.

He will be missed by his immediate family and friends and by extension, one of our family members as well. Rest In Peace Avraham!

--- Gazza

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dateline Las Vegas 2018 King Cup - MUSA'55

The MUSA O55 team convened in Las Vegas for the first time ever
representing the oldest installment of a now long tradition of Grand
Masters Soccer for Maccabi USA.

With 2 games on Saturday, 2 on Sunday, and the possibility of 2 on
Monday, the team packed up their Vitamin I, Vitamin A2, Vitamin A3,
Vitamin V and Vitamin T in hopes of just making it through the
weekend. (Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Viagra, and Tylenol)

The tournament started with a 3-3 battle of errors as the MUSA'55
fought back through 2 goals from Mark Wisnevitz (Macc '09, '13, '17)
and Ed Harris (Macc '13) to draw with Seymour FC from Vancouver and
straight from their Little Shop of Horrors revival.

In Game 2, the MUSA'55 began to roll as they defeated Mojos, (who had
none by the way), with a goal from recent import Laurence Swerner (ex
Macc GB who landed just before the Tramp immigration ban) and recent
addition to the tribe Bob Boone from LA and a former college teammate
of our own Scott Agran by a score of 2-1. Solid defense from the
legal team of Cohn, Cohen, Alhadeff, Silverman and Kramer kept the
opposition at bay setting up the win.

After Day 1, MUSA in second place by 2 points with everything to play
for on day 2.

As the sun rose on the Vegas Strip, the guys had difficulty finding
each other, not on the field, but in the lobby as the orchestrated
rides to the field.

Once that was accomplished, they came together to notch another win,
this time a 3-1 victory over Angelos who needed a prayer to beat
MUSA'55 on the day. Laurence Swerner notched another two goals and Ed
Harris notched his second of the tourney en route to an easy win with
just too much "FIRE"power for the Ohio team.

As the team headed into the Quarter Final round in the Sunday late
game playing the 3rd place team from the other Bracket (DTC Soccer
Geeks) who from the outset, were outclassed and outplayed by a now
well run machine spearheaded by Coach Hochberger (Macc '09). Never
before (in my short memory) have we seen such offensive prowess come
together with Swerner taking apart the Geeks with 3 goals, another 2
from David Parks (Macc '05, '09) and Maccabi veteran Scott Cohen (Macc
'09) getting his first of the weekend to send the Geeks back home to
their computers 6-1.

The team celebrated by finding a closed Sushi Restaurant and then
coming together with approximately 31 for dinner. What happens in
Vegas, Stays in Vegas.

Off to the Semis, the team had an early wake up call and had to travel
to the farthest field about 40 minutes north of town to play the
Number 1 seed from group A, Shaheen FC. It was a very tight affair but
Macc'55 prevailed on a single goal by Maccabian Dan Indech (multiple
representations including '09, '13). Again, the solid defense
spearheaded by saves from GK Jeff Cohn (Macc '09) and the entire
defensive crew, helped preserve the first clean sheet of the
tournament for MUSA'55.

Destiny had arrived as the team received word that their opponents in
the final would be the Seymour FC squad from Vancouver in a rematch of
game #1.

A tight affair resulted in a 0-0 draw, the second shutout in a row for
MUSA'55 but also the first game we failed to score. Penalty kicks can
be harsh on any team and after a recent penalty kick loss in Israel,
the team was out for revenge on whomever they faced.

With Ed Harris in goal for the PK session, Seymour kicked first and
scored followed by MUSA's Swerner who slotted home from the spot.

Subsequent kicks resulted in the following:
1-2 Seymour Score
2-2 Indech
2-3 Seymour Score
3-3 Hochberger
3-3 Harris Save
3-3 Lalezari Miss
3-4 Seymour Score
3-4 Alhadeff Miss

The final result 0 - 0 (3-4) PK's and Second Place for MUSA'55

Congratulations to the entire team of:
Jeff, Cohn ('09)
Don Kent ('05, '09, '13, '17, other)
Dan Kurtz (MaccabiUSA Alumni Director)
Mark Wisnevitz ('09, '13', '17)
Bob Boone
Keith Silverman ('13)
Scott Cohen ('05, '09, other)
David Stone ('09)
Ed Harris ('13)
Ramin Lalezari ('05, other)
Scott Agran
David Alhadeff ('09, '13)
Jess Mogul ('13)
Dan Indech ('09, '13, other)
Stu Hochberger ('09, other)
David Parks ('09, other)
Ken Kramer
Laurence Swerner (Macc GB '09, '13, other)
Steve Goldenring ('05, '09*)
Gary Bernstein ('09, '13, 17)

Mexico City is right around the corner and look forward to the next
tournament together.

--- Gazza