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Continued: Minnesota United midfielder Buro won't forget homeland

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 16, 2013 - 11:23 PM

He brought back the physical style when he signed with the then-Minnesota Stars before the 2012 season. Teammates on the receiving end of his physical style in practice describe it as getting “Buro-ed.” Its namesake laughed about the term but did not deny its justification.

“If it’s a 50-50 ball, I don’t care who you are, it’s going to be mine and I’ll see you on the ground,” he said.

Healing and helping

Despite growing up surrounded by war, Buro said, “I would not trade my childhood for anything. It made me extremely humble. Whatever I have in life I appreciate.”

He said he matured faster and learned from his parents that despite the differences that lead the region to war, all people should be treated the same. Buro counts Serbians and Croatians among his best friends.

“You try to move on,” Buro said. “You forgive but don’t forget.”

Humility and a desire to help others, he said, are examples of “what can you take positive from it.”

Buro has not planned to make soccer shoe donations an annual event. But he said soccer fans can contact Sanneh’s foundation or bring their new or gently used shoes to United home games this fall at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The team plays Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Saturday in Blaine.

The response from children in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Buro said, “has been amazing. Everybody has been thanking me over Facebook.”

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