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Cornell's Haber Signs Pro Contract to Play in Israel

Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell men's soccer player Daniel Haber, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in November, has signed a professional contract with Israeli club team Maccabi Haifa FC and will be forgoing his senior year of eligibility at Cornell.

Haber will take a leave of absence from Cornell, meaning he can come back to school within a five-year period to complete his degree without having to go through re-admittance procedures.

Haber, who racked up a league-high 18 goals and 43 points in his junior campaign, helped the Big Red to its first outright Ivy League title since 1977 and its first NCAA tournament berth since 1996. Haber was also named a First-Team All-American at season's end and was on the All-Ivy First Team. His 1.06 points per game and 2.53 goals per game led the country.

Haber signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Maccabi Haifa on Monday after two weeks of tryouts. He is the only player on the Haifa roster from Canada and is also the team's only player from North America.

Maccabi Haifa, which plays in the Israeli Premier League (Israel's top division of soccer) is a 12-time Israeli Premier League champion, last winning the crown in 2010-11. Haifa placed fifth at the end of the 2011-12 season and is currently in third this season through 17 games.