In 1961 an Israeli team was invited to take part in the International Soccer League that was run by Bill Cox. It was decided to send a combination of players from Israel’s two leading clubs Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv.
The combined Israeli team’s stars were 25-year old Nahum Stelmach, 34-year old team captain Joshua Glazer, the Zaharia brothers and Avshulon Ratzabi.
While taking part in the International Soccer League the Petah-Tikva team played in an exhibition game against the National Soccer League All Stars in Toronto.
The National Soccer League picked a squad from the six clubs that were based in Toronto. The squad consisted of:
Goalkeepers: Uwe Schwart (Toronto Roma) and Zoltan Vigh (Toronto Hungaria)
Fullbacks: Donelly (Toronto Roma), McAuly (Ulster United) and Steve Carty (White Eagles)
Half-backs: Gordon Bradley (Toronto Ukraina), Jim Cairney (Toronto Roma), Szarzyński (White Eagles) and Welsh (Hungaria)
Forwards: Attilio Gallassini (Toronto Roma), Hubert (Toronto Roma), Olinto Rubini (Toronto Roma), Giacomo Stecker (Toronto Roma), Ted Purdon (White Eagles), George Crook (Ukraina) and Ross (Olympia)
The match took place at Stanley Park in Toronto on Thursday July 13, 1961. Ted Purdon scored two goals to lead the National Soccer League All-Stars to a 3-1 victory. Gordon Bradley scored the other goal for the NSL All Star team.
Petah-Tikva outside right Boaz Kaufman scored the goal for the Israeli combination.
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