TIB Newsletters

October 2020 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Yoni Sorokin,

University of Central Florida 



UCF Men's Soccer 

September 14, 2020

UCF Ranked #8 with Three Preseason All-Americans by College Soccer News

Although the Knights won't play soccer until spring, College Soccer News tabbed UCF as the eighth-best team in the country and had three members of the Black and Gold on their Preseason All-American teams

ORLANDO, Fla. – The UCF men's soccer team sits at No. 8 in College Soccer News' poll, receiving their first ranking of the season. Additionally, College Soccer News released their Preseason All-America Teams which contained three Knights.

The Black and Gold won't be playing men's soccer in the fall but were tabbed as the nation's eighth best team ahead of this weekend as a few conferences and teams resume action this weekend. This is two spots higher than where they ended the season, checking in at No. 10 in the final edition of College Soccer News' 2019 poll.

UCF finished at No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll as well. Top Drawer Soccer had them at the same mark, and the NCAA had the Knights wrapping up their season at No. 6 in the RPI. The United Soccer Poll announced that they will debut their rankings in the fall with only five men's programs in their weekly rankings before everyone gets underway in the spring.

Just days after releasing their team rankings, College Soccer News also released their Preseason All-America Teams. Yoni Sorokin (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) was given a nod to the First Team, Yanis Leerman was selected for the Second Team and Yannik Oettl was part of the Third Team.


Update on Israeli Athletes Starting School in 2021

Even as college sports are taking tentative steps to returning to some level of normality at this writing, The Israel Bridge has been approached in the past month by a large amount of Israeli athletes wanting to start college in 2021.  These include four basketball players, three swimmers, three tennis players, a men's soccer player, a women's volleyball player, a women's water polo player and a women's beach volleyball player.  A few of these athletes will already be signing early decision agreements for September 2021 in the next two weeks.  
Even with many unknowns at this point—SAT's are now listed as "optional" with the NCAA, extra years of eligibility have been granted to athletes by the NCAA because of seasons cancelled, coaches don't know if their athletes will be coming back to their scholarships in 2021-22, many schools have shut down unprofitable sports teams to save money—we still see a strong interest in top Israeli athletes living their dream of playing their sport and studying at a US university. What hasn't changed is the pride The Israel Bridge gets in seeing these Israeli athletes succeed on the field and in the classroom.     Dan Aronovic

Shira Elinav, Kansas University


Elinav Earns Israeli National Team

 Invite for EURO Qualifiers

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas soccer freshman forward Shira Elinav will have the opportunity to represent her home country after she received an invitation to play for the Israeli National Team for a pair of qualifying matches for the 2022 UEFA European Championship. Elinav will depart for a training camp in Israel starting Sept. 11 before the team takes on Italy and Georgia on Sept. 17 and Sept. 22, respectively. (Ed. note:  The match with Italy was postponed due to COVID-19 and the match with Georgia resulted in a 2-1 victory for Israel.)

A native of Tel-Aviv, Elinav has already built an impressive resume as one of Israel’s top young players. After spending three years on her country’s youth national teams, where she netted 11 goals in 24 international matches, Elinav was called up to Israel’s senior national squad last fall for the team’s six EURO qualifiers. In those six outings, she logged over 300 minutes and netted a goal in her team’s 4-0 win over Georgia in early March.

The Israeli women are currently 2-4-1 following their first seven EURO qualifiers and have two more qualifying matches scheduled this year. The UEFA European Championship is scheduled to be contested July 6-31, 2022 in England after originally scheduled to be held next year.

The Israeli women's soccer team is captained by 32 year old Karin Sendel, who played for both Ohio State and UNC Greensboro during her college career.                                            






           Map of Israeli Students in the US




Who We Are: 

Ross Greenstein, former Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

Our Vision: 
The Israel Bridge will work to be the largest resource for connecting and developing relationships between Israelis and Americans.

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Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US. We have helped over 180 athletes attending schools like Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State, University of Washington, Cal-Berkeley, USC, UCLA, Maryland, UNLV, Rutgers, Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, University of San Francisco and many others.

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