BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, July 14, 2011
After helping to lead Maccabi Netanya to a sixth place finish in the Israeli Premier League, American central defender Leo Krupnik has signed a new two-year deal with the club.
Krupnik, 31, was an integral part of Maccabi Netanya's defense and the club is looking to build off of last season where they made the League playoffs and the semifinals of the State Cup.
Club official Anat Abaiain confirmed the deal to YA on Thursday.
Since leaving the lower levels of the United States in 2005, Krupnik has moved around within Israel. That year he joined Netanya but also had stings with Maccabi Herzliya, Bnei Sakhnin and Maccabi Haifa where he was a regular starter in a year they won the Israeli Premier League.
In 2009 the Ukraine-born Krupnik returned to the United States and joined the New York Red Bulls but that stint was short lived. In 2010, he rejoined Maccabi Netanya and help lead the club to a successful season.
Krupnik is happy to be returning to the club for the next two years.
"I have moved a lot in my career from team to team," Krupnik told YA from Israel. "I feel that I have found home away from Home in Netanya and they made a big effort to keep me here."