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Laredo rallies to tie DFW

Laredo rallies to tie DFW

July 5, 2009

The Dallas Fort Worth Tornados might not prove daunting for the majority of the mid south division, but to the Laredo Heat they have been anything but pushovers.

Once again, the Heat rallied from an early deficit and managed to tie the game 2-2 for the all-important one point.

The Tornados are 1-2-3 on the season at home and 2-6-4 overall.

The Heat (6-1-7, 25) fell into a 2-0 hole quickly, before a red card to the Tornados' Taylor Brice in the 44 minute swung the momentum to Laredo's favor.

The second half, with the man advantage, belonged to the Heat as Esteban Bayona and Greg Mulamba scored to give the club its seventh tie of the season.

The Heat welcomed back Bayona, who quickly added to his team leading goal total, which now stands at six.

Bayona's in his second game back with the team, after recovering from an ankle injury. He cut the deficit in half in the 58 minute with an unassisted goal.

Mulamba on the other hand continued with his offensive surge and now has four goals on the year.

Mulamba's equalizing goal came in the 75 minute of a pass from Juan De Dios Ibarra.

Mulamba has proven to be the Heat's ace in the hole late in the contests. All his goals have been of the game tying variety.

The Heat snapped a two game winning streak, but still sit atop the division with 25 points.

Right behind the club is the Austin Aztex Austin (6-3-4, 22), El Paso Patriots (7-5-1, 22), West Texas Sockers (6-3-3, 21) and Rio Grande Valley Bravos (5-4-4, 19).

The Sockers beat El Paso 2-1 on Saturday to stay in contention.

Laredo finishes its road portion of the schedule with a 3-1-4 record.

They close out the regular season at home against the Bravos (July 9) and West Texas (July 17).