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Leonid Krupnik

Leo Krupnik
Personal information
Full name Leonid Krupnik
Date of birth (1979-07-15) July 15, 1979
Place of birth Khmelnytskyi, Soviet Union
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa
Youth career
1995–1997 San Francisco Vikings
1997–2001 California Golden Bears
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Des Moines Menace 11 (0)
2002 MetroStars 0 (0)
2002–2003 Wilmington Hammerheads 27 (1)
2003–2005 Charleston Battery 27 (0)
2005–2006 Maccabi Netanya 24 (1)
2006 Maccabi Herzliya 7 (1)
2007–2008 Bnei Sakhnin 41 (0)
2008–2009 Maccabi Haifa 30 (0)
2009 New York Red Bulls 3 (0)
2010–2013 Maccabi Netanya 84 (0)
2013 Hapoel Petah Tikva (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2014 Maccabi Umm al-Fahm 30 (0)
2014–2015 Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa 13 (0)
2015– Sektzia Nes Tziona 15 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 31, 2012.

† Appearances (goals)
Leonid Krupnik
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Football
Maccabiah Games
2005 Maccabiah Football

Leonid "Leo" Krupnik (Ukrainian: Леонід Крупнік, Russian: Леонид Крупник, Hebrew: ליאוניד קרופניק‎) (born July 15, 1979 in Khmelnytskyi) is a Soviet-born American-Israeli soccer player who currently plays for Maccabi Umm al-Fahm.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Youth and college 1.1
    • Professional 1.2
    • International 1.3
  • Statistics 2
  • Honours 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Career

Youth and college

Krupnik moved with his parents, Mark and Rita, and brother Vladimir, from his native Ukraine to the United States in the 1990s, settling in San Francisco, California. Initially a promising gymnast, Krupnik was spotted playing football with some friends by the manager of the San Francisco Vikings youth team, and the youngster quickly changed sports.

Krupnik attended and was the team captain of college soccer at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in social welfare. Krupnik was also strong academically, and was on the Dean's Honor List in Fall of 2000.[1]

Professional

Krupnik was drafted with the 69th pick of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars, but did not make the squad, and instead spent the 2002 season with the Des Moines Menace of the Premier Development League. He was signed by the MetroStars late in the season, again without seeing any first-team action, and was then released on free transfer to the Wilmington Hammerheads. After winning the 2003 championship with Wilmington, Krupnik was signed by Charleston Battery.

During his time in Israel with the US Maccabiah team, Krupnik caught the eye of a scout from Maccabi Netanya. Manager Reuven Atar asked Krupnik if he could join the team for training but Krupnik had a contract in the US. It was his sister, Svetlana, who kept in touch with Reuven Atar and immediately after finishing his contract, Krupnik immigrated to Israel. Krupnik was attractive to Israeli club teams because he was eligible to receive Israeli citizenship and not count as a foreigner.

During the 2005–06 season he got into a contract dispute with the management. After the conclusion of the season, ownership of the club changed hands, and the Israeli manager, Reuven Atar, who brought Krupnik to the club, was fired. Krupnik was expected to return to the United States. Talks ensued between him and Major League Soccer but nothing became final.[2]

On July 20, 2006 Reuven Atar was appointed as manager of newly promoted Israeli Premier League club, Maccabi Herzliya. His first action was to sign Leonard Krupnik to a contract with the club.[3] Krupnik stayed with the club until the winter recess when he decided not to continue after Maccabi Herzliya would not agree to a new contract.

After leaving Maccabi Herzliya, Krupnik joined Bnei Sakhnin for the second half of the 2006–07 season and helped the club gain promotion to the Israeli Premier League. The following season Krupnik helped the newly promoted side to a fourth-place finish and qualification to the Intertoto Cup.

On June 17, 2008, Krupnik signed a contract with Maccabi Haifa for 3 years worth $360,000.[4] During his first season with the club Krupnik was a fixture in central defense appearing in 30 league matches, and helped Maccabi Haifa clinch their 11th Israeli Premier League title.

Krupnik returned the New York Red Bulls, known as the MetroStars during his first stint with the club, in July 2009. Krupnik made his MLS debut in a 4–0 loss to Colorado Rapids on July 25, 2009, and played in three games for the team before returning to Israel in November, when he was signed for a second stint with Maccabi Netanya.[5]

International

In 2005, Lev Kirshner picked Krupnik for the United States squad for the 2005 Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish athletic event similar to the Olympics held in Israel every four years. Kirshner brought a talented squad with the most professional experience ever. The American team reached the final but lost to the host Israeli team, which was composed of Israel's Under-18 national team players.

Statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2002 Des Moines Menace USL PDL 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
2002 Wilmington Hammerheads USL D3 Pro League 27 1 0 0 0 0 30 1
2003 USL Pro Select League 3 0 0 0
2003 Charleston Battery A-League 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
2004 0 0 0 0
2005 USL First Division 0 0 0 0
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Maccabi Netanya Israeli Premier League 24 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 29 1
2006–07 Maccabi Herzliya 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 1
2006–07 Bnei Sakhnin Liga Leumit 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
2007–08 Israeli Premier League 31 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 38 0
2008–09 Maccabi Haifa 30 0 4 0 5 0 0 0 39 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2009 New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Israel League Israel State Cup Toto Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Maccabi Netanya Israeli Premier League 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2010–11 Maccabi Netanya Israeli Premier League 31 0 4 0 7 0 0 0 42 0
2011–12 Maccabi Netanya Israeli Premier League 33 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 38 0
2012–13 Maccabi Netanya Israeli Premier League 8 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 13 0
Total USA 65 1 4 0 0 0 69 1
Total Israel 190 2 12 0 29 0 0 221 2
Career total 243 3 10 0 29 0 0 0 288 3

Honours

References

  1. ^ "Dean's Honor List:Fall 2000".  
  2. ^ הרכש הראשון של עטר: הבלם קרופניק. One.co.il (in Hebrew). October 4, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2006. 
  3. ^ עטר וקרופניק ישתפו פעולה גם בהרצליה. Sport5.co.il (in Hebrew). October 4, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2006. 
  4. ^ ליאוניד קרופניק (in Hebrew). Maccabi Haifa F.C. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Red Bulls release Krupnik". BigAppleSoccer.com. November 18, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 

External links

  • Israeli Football Association profile
  • Maccabi Haifa profile
  • University of California profile
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