BALTIMORE – The Claros brothers have grown in their time with the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) men’s soccer program, and have taken on important roles over the past two years. Edwin Claros sparked the Owls’ offense and finished the season with 19 goals and 17 assists for 55 points. However, he did not score […]
BALTIMORE – The Claros brothers have grown in their time with the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) men’s soccer program, and have taken on important roles over the past two years.
Edwin Claros sparked the Owls’ offense and finished the season with 19 goals and 17 assists for 55 points. However, he did not score in PGCC’s season-ending 2-1 loss to Howard Community College in the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Region XX Division III semifinals last Friday. Meanwhile, Jonathan Claros has helped at the other end. The goalie made two saves in the loss.
Both have been extremely consistent throughout a season where the Owls finished with a 12-4-0 record. However, the paths they took to playing with each other at PGCC were a bit unusual.
Edwin is the older of the two, and a graduate of High Point High School in 2013. Jonathan graduated two years later. Both took some time off after high school, often helping their parents with a cleaning business that takes care of homes on the Fort Meade military base.
It was not until 2016 that the brothers enrolled at PGCC and joined the soccer team together.
The duo certainly gave the team a boost, as the Owls won the regional championship last year and made it to the semifinals again this season. Both study physical education and dream of becoming physical education teachers. They also hope to coach soccer, the sport they love, if possible.
Playing soccer together has been a blast for both Claros brothers.
“He’s my younger brother. We always played soccer as kids,” Edwin said. “We did everything together.”
Jonathan said he does not make it easy for his big brother to score goals in practice.
“I make him earn his goals,” he said. “One thing for sure is that we push each other to our limits in practice.”
Edwin appeared to benefit from that persistence. Heading into last week’s regionals, he ranked in the top 10 in all of Division III in assists and points. He finished his career with 36 goals and 26 assists – good for a total of 98 points.
“It’s fun. I just love playing soccer,” Edwin said. “I love playing with (guys) who are my teammates on the field and friends off the field.”
The brothers said this year’s PGCC team was very close on and off the field – something that helped the team succeed. There is no question, though, that having two talented brothers on the same team – one on offense and another on defense – played a significant role in that success.
Each player believes the other will do their jobs for the benefit of the team, and do them well. And there is no doubt both brothers enjoy watching the other do well.
“When he gets the ball, I believe that he’ll score,” Jonathan said. “To be honest, I’m thankful for that.”
The thoughts that Edwin expressed about his brother, the goalie, were remarkably similar.
“One important thing is that I trust him and I don’t have to worry as much because I know he has got our backs,” Edwin said. “A goalie can’t be scared because sometimes they are put in difficult situations.”
“He’s not scared.”
Jonathan became a goalie almost by accident. He began to play soccer at the age of 10 and started playing goalie mainly because his team needed it. It was then that he discovered it was fun.
“Sometimes a goalie’s life can be hard,” Jonathan said. “I learned to love it.”
He still remembers back to a game at High Point where he played very well, but made one mistake late in the game and allowed a goal. That was what everyone seemed to remember, and not how well he played.
However, the brothers played well during their two years at PGCC. Still, what they enjoyed even more, was getting the chance to play together.
Neither is sure what will happen now that their college careers are over, and where they might go or play. That is why, when talking about all of this in the final days of the season, they wanted to make sure they remembered how good it felt to play together. They knew the clock was ticking on this experience.
“We tried to cherish every moment,” Edwin said. “We tried to do our best for the team and each other. He knew what I was capable of, and I knew what he was capable of.”
“I enjoyed every single second I could. I’m just enjoyed it as much as possible,” Jonathan said.