Cal Alumnus Leo Krupnik Signs with New York Red Bulls
July 15, 2009
BERKELEY - California alumnus Leo Krupnik signed with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer on July 13, two days before his 30th birthday, to bring the total number of former Golden Bears currently in the professional ranks to 12. Krupnik may make his MLS debut in New York's home game against the Los Angeles Galaxy at 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 16.
A member of the Pac-10 All-Academic first team in 2001, Krupnik most recently played for Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Premier League during the 2008-09 season, appearing in 30 matches and helping the club win its 11th league title. A veteran of the Israeli Premier League, Krupnik also enjoyed stints with Bnei Sakhin in 2007-08, Maccabi Herzliya in 2006 and Maccabi Netanya from 2005-06.
Krupnik was originally drafted in the sixth round (68th overall) by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft. Although he signed with the club, Krupnik never appeared with the first team. Following his time with the MetroStars, Krupnik played for the United Soccer Leagues' Wilmington Hammerheads from 2002-03, appearing in 27 matches and scoring one goal while the club won the 2003 USL Second Division Championship. From 2003-05, Krupnik played for the USL First Division's Charleston Battery, with which he appeared in 27 matches.
Nine Bears play in MLS and three play in the USL First Division, also known as USL 1. The latter group includes former Cal forward Javier Ayala-Hil, a 2007 All-Pac-10 second-team selection who recently signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders' reserve team. Former Cal goalkeeper Justin Myers is a member of the Islanders' regular team. Ayala-Hil had been drafted by Chivas USA in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft and has also played for the San Jose Earthquakes' reserve team.