BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern Head Men's Soccer Coach Preston Goldfarb and his daughter, Aly Goldfarb, will travel to Australia on Dec. 20 for the Maccabi Australia International Games (MAIGs) in Sydney, Australia, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2.
Coach Goldfarb is the Head Coach of the Maccabi USA Open Men's Soccer team, while Aly will serve as team manager.
Coach Goldfarb, who is in his 28th season at Birmingham-Southern, was the Head Coach for the USA Juniors Boys' Soccer Team at the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2009, and the team finished the tournament with an undefeated record in pool play. Aly Goldfarb is an alumnus of the 18th World Maccabiah Games as a Track & Field athlete with multiple medals. She will graduate from BSC this fall and was recently named the University's Co-Female Athlete of the Year for the 2009-10 season.
"We expect to win this tournament and I believe we have the type of players that can make that expectation a reality," Goldfarb said. "I am excited about this team and the players we have chosen. I also expect the team to find a renewed enthusiasm for our sport, our fellow teammates and most importantly, a renewed enthusiasm for Judaism and that we will all understand better that Judaism is more than a religion, it is a way of life."
Maccabi USA (MUSA) has 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 co-founder 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.