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Apr, 2016

Local soccer player taking shot in Spain

Duran, along with 16-year-old Randy Miksch of Gurnee, spent the past three months in Valladolid, Spain, playing soccer and living among the academy facilities of local club Real Valladolid. Duran and Miksch are playing with an academy team made up of high school-aged kids gathered from different countries around the world.

“At first, going in at the training fields was a little nerve-wracking because you don’t know like the talent that you’re going to face and how difficult it is because over there, soccer is the No. 1 sport, so obviously it’s going to be a lot better there,” Duran said recently, back in McHenry. “But as you start playing, and with me, I started playing at first and then I felt like I was at that same level and I’m improving, and now I feel like I’ve improved a lot and become one of the key players for the team.”

After an initial stint, they are home briefly before heading back for another five months

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