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Wesleyan’s Bar competing for U.S. in Maccabi Games

Photo courtesy of West Virginia Wesleyan College West Virginia Wesleyan soccer player Orian Bar, third from right, is playing for the United States in the Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City, Mexico.

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan’s Orian Bar is representing the United States in the 14th Pan America Maccabi Games in Mexico City, Mexico.

Maccabi USA has more than 400 American athletes represented at the games, joining the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 different sports.

Bar, a rising sophomore, has made an immediate impact on the Open Women’s Soccer Team, playing all 90 minutes of each game at the center back position.

“Getting to represent Team USA in the Pan-American Maccabi Games is a one-of-a-kind experience,” Bar said.

“It is such an honor being able to play for the country I love while making lifelong friendships with fellow Jewish athletes from around the world.”

The United States is currently 3-0-1, boasting shutout wins over Peru, Mexico and Argentina.

Heading into the medal round, USA faced Brazil on Friday for a spot in the final.