UCSD Alum Josh Cohen successful in Israeli Premier League – Team take title, player of the season
Former UC San Diego football star Josh Cohen is making his mark on the international stage, helping his club win an Israeli Premier League title.
Maccabi Haifa FC won 3-2 against Hapoel Be’er Sheva FC on Sunday on the last day of the season.
Cohen, a goaltender, has helped Haifa establish a 24-5-7 record this season, registering 16 shutouts. He has managed to stop four of five shots on goal during the season.
His individual play stood out and Cohen was voted player of the season.
Cohen’s team won the IPL Championship for the first time since 2011 and have won the IPL title 13 times in club history.
They will advance to the UEFA Champions League qualifying round next month.
Cohen, 28, graduated from UCSD in 2014. In 2013, the Sunnyvale native was a part of the first All-America football coaching team and became the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s MVP. for the second year in a row.
Cohen played for the United Soccer League in the United States with Orange County SC, Phoenix Rising FC and Sacramento Republic FC.
Three years ago, he won second-team honors in the USL All-League Championship and became a finalist for Goalkeeper of the Year.
He joined Haifa after Sacramento sold his contract during the 2019 season.
Cohen joined Tritoncast, a UCSD podcast last year, and compared the American game to its current league.
The biggest difference, he said, is the mental side. “It’s more demanding here,” he explains. “and (there is) a mentality of you always have to be strong.”