ISRAEL- Scott Rowling (Richboro, Pa.), a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, has quickly found a new team as he is currently representing the U.S. at the 18th Maccabiah Games. The U.S.A soccer team, which went undefeated during preliminary round action, will advance to the quarterfinals set to begin July 19.
The 17 participating countries were grouped into four pools for a round-robin preliminary round and received three points for a win and one point for a draw. The top two teams in each pool will advance to an eight-team single-elimination round. Team USA was in Group B with Chile, Peru and Australia and will advance, along with Australia, both with seven points.
Rowling held his own during the opening round, playing all 90 minutes in each of the three preliminary round games. The U.S. soccer team easily defeated Peru to open up action July 12. After a scoreless first half, the U.S. got things started and pulled away with a 4-0 win.
On July 15, the squad breezed by Chile with a 5-0 victory, including four second-half goals. Team U.S.A. had a harder time finding the back of the net with Australia on July 17, but each team was able to tally a score in the second half, which resulted in 1-1 draw.
The U.S. has outscored their opponents 10-1 after three games of play.
Rowling and fellow America East player Daniel Schultz, who was a defender for Boston University, teamed up with 11 other NCCA Division-I athletes on the squad. The group joined the experienced company of professionals Bennie Feilhaber and Jonathan Bornstein, along with Jeff Agoos, who retired from MLS 2005. Agoos, who was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI in 2005, was recently inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
The Maccabiah Games, which take place July 13-23, are the third largest sporting event in the world behind the Summer and Winter Olympics. Sometimes referred to as the "Jewish Olympics," the Maccabiah Games are held in Israel every four years and include the top Jewish athletes from around the world.