Naperville teen to train with Barcelona soccer club

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 16, 2014.  |  AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

Erin Sweda, an eighth-grader at Crone Middle School, will train with FC Barcelona, regarded as one of the world’s best soccer clubs, in Spain after she was selected for her performance at a clinic last summer, according to the Chicago Tribune.

When 13-year-old Naperville resident Erin Sweda heard that coaches from FC Barcelona, the Spanish soccer team that’s considered one of the world’s best, would be in the Chicago area for a clinic last summer, she was thrilled to participate. But thanks to her performance, she’s now one of only three girls in the United States who have been invited to Spain to train with the team’s coaches and participate in the FC Barcelona Escola tournament the week before Easter.

“It’s quite an honor,” said Ken Sweda, Erin’s father and a local soccer coach. “We’re unbelievably proud of her that she not only made it through a week of that kind of intensive training but that she stood out enough to be chosen.”

[Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune]

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