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mlebo
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Matthew Lebo
Post Your soccer background
on: March 18, 2012, 18:10
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Whatever you want to call it (soccer, football, futbol, nogomet) I wanna know a little bit of everyone's background. Where did you start, who got you into the game, what level of play did you get to, do you still play now, are you coaching, do you plan to do anything more with the game then just watching and playing?

ARMADA87
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ARMADA87
Post Re: Your soccer background
on: March 19, 2012, 12:56
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Never played soccer, at any level, except casually with friends and family. What originally spurned my interest in it, at a young age, was my uncle being a former player for inaugural team of our local Istria Sports Club here in NYC, which competes in the Metropolitan League in NYC.

What spurned my interest even more was watching Croatian NT games (starting around 96-97) with my family and eventually really becoming interested in our success after 1998. Took me a while to get into the HNL, since no one in my family really followed any particular team. Somewhere around my early teenager years I figured:

- the majority of Croats are Dinamo or Hajduk fans and since both my sides aren't from Dalmacija or Zagreb, I wasn't jumping on either of those bandwagons
-since my folks are from Istarska and Primorsko-Goranska, I should follow one of the teams from my 'region'. That narrowed it down HNK Rijeka and NK Istra/Istra 1961 for me, since those two teams have really been the only consistent teams to reach the top flight from the Istria/Kvarner region. Since all the Istrian teams at that time were a mess and I loved Kantrida, the Rijeka kits and the fact Armada was bluecollar and a bunch of animals, it was an easy choice.

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Dukić
Post Re: Your soccer background
on: March 21, 2012, 17:57
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I have been playing since I was 5 years old. Played in youth leagues in Norcal until I moved to Croatia at age 8. Played for NK Zadar youth until I moved back to the states in 2002. Played in many youth tournaments with NK Zadar. Played with many guys who are pros now. Highlight of my youth career in Croatia was playing against Hajduk Split in the final. Also practiced right next to Luka Modric before he left to Dinamo. Came back to the states played for Santa Clara Sporting for 7 years. Currently playing at West Valley college and hoping to get a scholarship somewhere. Also I am currently coaching and refounded NK San Jose Croatia and hoping in the next 10 years make it a youth club. Hajduk Zivi Vjecno. Torcida i Tornado braca dalmatinska.

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Colin O'Haravić
Post Re: Your soccer background
on: April 3, 2012, 00:12
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Hmm.. Let's see. I grew up watching baseball and ice hockey, but my best friend in kindergarten was from France. He got me into soccer. I played at school a lot but didn't really play until I was about 10. I was bigger when I was in grade school so I was made to play keeper, which I thoroughly enjoyed and still play to this day (even though I'm a lot thinner now). I played for my local club Gulf Coast United for about 10 years, as well as my high school for a brief period. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to try out for my college, University of South Florida, until this year and they were pretty well off in the goalkeeping department. So now I play in the Florida Suncoast Soccer league, as well as every pickup/intramural team I can find around here. Play some great tournaments in the FSSL. We are eligible to compete in the US Open Cup (if we were actually good enough) but many of my former teammates have had the privilege of doing so with different clubs.
As for my interest in the HNL, my great-uncle played for Dinamo for 11 years through the 50's and 60's. It's in my blood and have always honored him by wearing #3.

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Post Re: Your soccer background
on: April 3, 2012, 11:21
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Lets see I started playing in germany when i was 5, i played mbb sg Manching until eventually playing for bayern's youth team for a year until i eventually moved back to croatia, In croatia I played for nk Sokadija in strizivojna and I've always been the smallest and youngest on the team. Then i moved to the states where I've played for fc fremont and fc newark. had a great dutch coach. Played high school for washington high in fremont, varsity since freshman year was captain since sophomore year, we won our league 3 out of 4 year that I've been there. Was talking to Santa Barbara but the tournament that i went down to have them watch i broke my ankle and they said i was too much of a risk. I then settled for DeAnza college where I earned All-American, 1st team all west, and 1st team all conference. I scored a scholarship in oklahoma and have 2 more years to play.

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Pintar
Post Re: Your soccer background
on: April 4, 2012, 06:30
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Started at age 10 and played into young adulthood. Due to a back injury, I don't play anymore but I coach elementary school kids, which is a blast. We had our first practice yesterday and a parent complimented me on my Corluka jersey, so that was a bonus.

Hey, Armada . . . where in Primorsko-Goranska? My peeps came from Lokve originally. I have some interest in Rijeka for similar reasons.

ARMADA87
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ARMADA87
Post Re: Your soccer background
on: April 11, 2012, 08:30
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My mom's side is originally from otok Unije, a small island sort of in between Susak and Mali Losinj. I also have some family in Novi Vinodolski, Crikvenica and Rijeka though.

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