Johnson City, Tenn. (Feb. 12, 2016) – Former Buccaneer soccer standout Aaron Schoenfeld recently signed a two and a half year deal with Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Premier League (IPL) and scored within two minutes of his debut on the team.
He was drafted in the MLS Supplemental Draft in 2012 by the Montreal Impact, but in late March, he was traded to the Columbus Crew for a 2013 Supplemental Draft pick.
After playing in 34 games for the Crew from 2012-14, he was loaned out to the Dayton Dutch Lions who play in the USL. During the 2014 season, Schoenfeld became the club’s record holder for most goals scored in one season (12). His loan ended at the conclusion of the 2014 season where he was transferred back to the MLS.
Schoenfeld completed the 2015 season with the Columbus Crew by appearing in 17 games and scoring one goal as a striker for the Crew. After his contract ended in late 2015, he signed on with the Maccabi Netanya who is part of the IPL.
After just two matches with Maccabi Netanya, Schoenfeld drew interest from other teams in Israel and was transferred to the Hapoel Tel Aviv and a teammate in exchange for $1 million.
In his first start and match for Hapoel Tel Aviv, he was able to net his first professional goal in the Tel Aviv derby, which is a rivalry match between Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv, on February 7.
Schoenfeld was fed a long ball from midfield. He was able to chase the ball down behind the Maccabi Tel Aviv defensive line and pitched the ball over the incoming Maccabi Tel Aviv goalie. The ball one-hopped into the left side of the net for his first professional goal in the IPL.
The video of this goal in the Tel Aviv derby can be found below.
The game eventually ended in a 1-1 draw as the opposition netted the equalizer in the 24th minute.
Hapoel Tel Aviv’s next match will be on February 13 against Hapoel Ra’anana.
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