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LEO KRUPNIK
Israel Maccabi Umm al-Fahm (Liga Leumit)
#15 | Defender
Birth Date
Birth Place
Height/Weight
US Caps/Goals
July 15, 1979 (Age: 34)
Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine
6' 2", 170 lbs (1.88 m, 77 kg)
0/0
GP
17
S
17
M
1,499
G
0
A
0
YC
1
RC
1
OG
1
Club Career

Krupnik was born in the Soviet Union in what is now western Ukraine, but moved to the United States as a young teenager. He began his soccer career in earnest with four years at the University of California at Berkeley. He snuck into the 2002 MLS Draft when the Metrostars selected him with their final pick, although he did not make the team.

The young defender instead spent the summer playing in the PDL for the Des Moines Menace. Late in the season, the Metrostars belatedly exercised their right to sign Krupnik and added him to the roster, but he did not see any game action in MLS. He was released by the Metrostars after the season.

In 2003, he signed with the Wilmington Hammerheads, then of the USL D-3 Pro League, where he helped them take home the league title. Following this success, he moved up a division to join the Charleston Battery for the next two seasons.

Krupnik was a member of the US team that competed at the 2005 Maccabiah Games. Although normally an obscure tournament, he parlayed his performance there into a contract with Maccabi Netanya of the Israeli Premier League. Krupnik's Jewish heritage made him an attractive signing since he was eligible for Israeli citizenship, allowing him to circumvent the league's foreigner quota rules.

Krupnik's contract expired after the end of the 2005/06 season and moved across the league to Maccabi Herzliya. His tenure at the his new club was short-lived and he after half a season, he transferred to Bnei Sakhnin of the second division.

Fortunately for Krupnik, his new team was in the midst of a strong season. He helped Bnei Sakhnin gain promotion and in 2007/08, followed that up with a 4th place finish in the Israeli Premier League.

His performances for Israel's most prominent Arab club did not go unnoticed. In 2008/09, he joined league heavyweights Maccabi Haifa. Krupnik made 30 appearances on the way to winning the league title.

In July of 2009, Krupnik left Israel after four years and signed with MLS, making his return to his first every professional club -- New York. However, his second stint would not prove to be much more fruitful than the first. He played in three games before departing in the fall.

Krupnik's next destination was another familiar name: Maccabi Netanya, his first Israeli club.

In January 2013, he moved down to the Israeli second division, signing with Hapoel Petah Tikva.

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