BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, February 10, 2011
US U-20 winger Alexander Zahavi will go on loan from Maccabi Haifa to Hapoel Acre for the remainer of the Israeli Premier League season.
Zahavi, 19, joined Maccabi Haifa in July after playing in the youth ranks at Sporting Lisbon where he won two Portuguese U-19 titles.
The youngster was injured in the beginning of this season and missed a big portion of the preseason for Maccabi Haifa. He has not found much playing time so far for the league leaders and will now go out on loan to Hapoel Acre who are also having a good season.
The Los Angeles born Zahavi is excited for the deal.
"It's a club in a good position in the Israeli League," Zahavi told YA about his new team. "They are in fifth place and are three points from fourth place. They have a good coach and play nice [soccer]."
Zahavi feels that this deal is good for him in that it will give him the necessary playing time so when he returns to Maccabi Haifa, he will be a better player.
"I'm on loan from Maccabi Haifa until the end of the season," Zahavi discussed. "So I'm here to help them as much as I can and help myself get experience and play. Next season when I return to Maccabi I can return a more experienced player and be able to play a bigger and more important part in the team."
After playing for Portuguese national teams, Zahavi began playing for the US U-20 national team in November and he scored a goal in this first game for the Americans in a 1-1 draw with Colombia at the Torneo de Las Americas in Atlanta.
Zahavi will hope to make is debut for Hapoel Acre this Saturday when they travel to face Bnei Yehuda.