MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Former Wesleyan University men's soccer player Danny Rubenstein '17, who graduated in May, won the Gold medal at the 20th Maccabiah Games Sunday as a member of the United States of America.
The games were hosted at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium and featured roughly 10,000 Jewish and Israeli athletes from over 80 countries. Forty-three sports competed at the "Jewish Olympics".
Rubenstein played in all six of the team's contests during the tournament, and earned the starting nod after the second game. After going 2-1 during the Round Robin format, USA defeated Uruguay in the Quarterfinals (4-2) and Israel in the Semifinals (2-1) to advance to the championship game against Great Britain, who handed USA it's only loss. However, USA responded with a 3-0 shutout in the Finals to earn the Gold.
Rubenstein is the second Wesleyan men's soccer player to win a Gold medal at the Maccabiah Games, joining Jared Ashe '07 who won in Argentina in 2007. The team was coached by Wesleyan alum, Amos Magee '93.