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Leigh Rosenthal, left, will play for Team USA in the Maccabi Games, which started Monday and continue through Monday in Mexico City. (Photo courtesy of St. Olaf College)

Rising junior Leigh Rosenthal of the St. Olaf College women’s soccer team has been selected to represent the United States of America as part of the Open Women’s Soccer Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City, Mexico on July 5-15.

Rosenthal was selected to the 14-player team and will join over 400 American athletes traveling to Mexico City for the games, which include 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries participating in 24 different sports.

“I have always dreamed of playing soccer in the Maccabi Games since I was a little kid, but never thought I would have the opportunity to do so,” Rosenthal said. “It is now absolutely surreal that I will be representing my country in my red, white, and blue jersey. I am excited to participate in an event that focuses on Jewish community, culture, and pride while making new memories along the way.”

The Games are held every four years, two years after the World Maccabiah Games, which are commonly referred to as the “Jewish Olympics.”

Rosenthal departs for Mexico City on Wednesday, and she and her teammates will play five games in the round robin stage of the tournament. The top four teams from the round robin will qualify for the media rounds.

USA Schedule

Wednesday — vs. Mexico — 8 a.m.

Thursday — vs. Argentina — 8 a.m.

Friday — vs. Brazil — 12 p.m.

USA Roster

Orian Bar — West Virginia Wesleyan College

Shani Breiman — Connecticut College

Nicole Chezes — Houston Dash

Ellie Davis — Marist College

Emma Dayan — Parsons School of Design

Natasha Friedman — Simmons College ‘17

Alexandra Knapp — WAGS

Emily Lorry — Connecticut College

Leigh Rosenthal — St. Olaf College

Nicole Sayd — Carmel Valley Sharks

Morgan Sherman — University of Texas at Dallas

Denise Shkurovich — Duke University

Rachel White — Emory University

Arielle Williamson — Emory University

Reach Sports Editor Michael Hughes at 645-1106. Follow him on Twitter @NFNSports. 

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