This past week I met up with a highly regarded soccer talent who is well known amongst the Croatian community of the tri-state area. He is currently proving his worth on the United States Division 1 college soccer scene with Quinnipiac University, but he is also looking to make a name for himself abroad. Marijan Jurac, a native of Greenwich, Connecticut, born to Croatian parents with Dalmatian roots, was courteous enough to sit down with me and discuss the many dimensions of his playing career: from his past accomplishments, to what he is currently up to, as well as what he has in store for the future.
Superior athleticism, a tireless work ethic, superb passing and dribbling skills as well as excellent vision and ability to read the game are what make Marijan stand out from the other 21 players on the field. He has all the tools necessary to make it big, and with time he will further develop and reach his full potential. Currently, he is in the midst of his off-season training and conditioning program in preparation for upcoming tryout opportunities in Croatia as well as his sophomore season at Quinnipiac.
Astounding dribbling skills and a tireless work ethic
Marijan joins a growing list of names of North-American born Croatians that includes Petar Hazdovac, and Stefan Škrinjarić, who are all chasing the dream to not only play professionally in Croatia, but to one day suit up for the Vatreni. The staff and readers at CroatianSoccerReport.com wish Marijan the best of luck and continued success in his soccer career. We will continually monitor Marijan’s progress and bring you any details as they become available.
Instincts of a natural goal-scorer
~Ivica Peroš reporting from the Long Island, New York