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From the beginning, Stas Curreri always had soccer. Even when things looked like they couldn’t get much worse, he could always pick up a ball and practice. It has been an escape of sorts for him, the one constant presence in a life filled with change.
“He literally bleeds soccer,” said Mitch McPike, a close friend and his U17 former coach with Massachusetts-based Global Premier Soccer.
“It’s just incredible that he’s so passionate about it, considering what he’s been through.”
A 17-year-old junior at Andover High, Curreri was born in Ukraine, raised by a single mother who worked three jobs. The two lived alone in their one-room apartment in a very poor section of the city of Fastiv.