Mentored by father and head coach Brian Claudio, Nate is taking the same step as his older brother to play for the Roughriders – 13 On Your Side’s Luis Lopez reports
YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – It’s no surprise that Cibola’s senior, Nate Claudio, started playing soccer at an early age.
His father and Cibola Raiders head coach Brian Claudio said it formed some of his earliest memories.
“He loved soccer from the time he could walk and was always kicking the ball,” Brian said.
On Monday, Nate officially announced that he will continue that passion, signing a letter of intent to continue playing at Yavapai next season.
“It was fun to see where the team was going,” said Nate.
However, Claudio’s relationship with the Rough Riders program runs even deeper.
Nate’s older brother, Gabriel, played for Yavapai from 2018-2019.
Gabriel currently plays for One Knoxville SC in the United Soccer League.
“People are like, ‘Why don’t you travel in your brother’s shoes,’ but he’s a hero to me, so it’s like comparing me to one of the greats,” Nate said.
The younger brother certainly did not frighten the shadow of the older brother.
In his senior season, Nate had 5 goals and 10 assists for a total of 20 points.
“He can score goals when he wants and he’s very good defensively, but the big thing about him is that he loves helping people and bringing glory to other people,” Bryan said.
Nate said he hasn’t decided on a career in the majors yet, but he hopes to continue his on-field career for as long as possible.
“Mostly I will focus on football and see how far I can take this dream,” said Nate.