Senior midfielder discusses his Hispanic heritage

Nicholas Poblete/Panther Magazine Senior midfielder Edgar Grajales

By Nicholas Poblete/Staff Writer


Senior Colombian midfielder, Edgar Grajales, who plays for the FIU men’s soccer club was born in Queens, New York, but identifies himself as Hispanic due to his upbringing.

Grajales, majoring in finance, has been a part of the soccer club for two seasons.

“I enjoy playing for the club team because of my passion for soccer,” Grajales said. “I want to represent FIU at a competitive level.”

Grajales’ parents left Colombia in search of a better future, according to Grajales. At times, however, the present looked grim. At least Grajales faces no danger in Miami. In New York, he heard gunshots while attending a soccer game.

“I remember I was 10 and didn’t know what was going on. That’s when I realized I was in danger,” Grajales said.

He returned to Colombia in 2015 to visit his mother. The landscapes around Pereira charmed him, as did the patriotism shown by the natives, Grajales said.

“One day, everyone was wearing their Colombian jersey because that day Colombia was playing. People in little farms were even wearing it.”

Although Grajales was born in the United States, he identifies himself as Hispanic.

“I grew up speaking Spanish and my parents taught me to pray every single night, and to be thankful for everything I have.”

For Grajales, a true representation of Hispanic heritage is expressed through the amount of passion that is demonstrated by the people, such as with soccer. He notes seeing various emotions followed by fights and tears from players who embody their country on the field.

With Hispanic heritage month upon us, Grajales reflects on its importance.

“It’s a time to celebrate our parents’ roots and how far we’ve come.” Grajales said.

The FIU men’s soccer club is back in action this weekend as they host USF on Saturday at 4 p.m. at FIU’s new artificial field.

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