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Match Preview: Heat Headed Houston One Last Time

June 11, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009 (Laredo, TX):


Over the past two weeks, the Laredo Heat Soccer Club (4 – 1 – 2 / 14 points) and the Houston Leones (0 – 6 – 2 / 2 points) have battled twice on the pitch, once in Laredo and once in Houston.


In late May in Laredo, the Heat were able to squeak by the Leones with a score of 1 – 0; however, the Rosenberg, TX based Leones played a very tight game that was also littered with yellow and red cards for both teams just a week later at home and tied the Gateway City club 1 – 1.


And now, this coming Saturday, June 13th, the Heat will once again travel to Houston one last time for the rubber match and if everything works out well, the Heat will get a much needed win in the competitive Mid-South Division and three very important points to add to their standings in the division.


“With a mere six points separating the top five teams in the division, every game from here on out should be considered a must win match for us”, said Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.


“Due to the new Premier Development League (PDL) playoff format in 2009, practically every team right now in the Mid-South Division has the possibility of making it to the playoffs and maybe even hosting the divisional playoffs and that can be huge in terms of advancing to the next round”.


Vela added, “From what I have seen so far in the division, it will be battle until the very end of the regular season (July 19, 2009) for the three playoff spots and the only one that might be somewhat safe is the team that sits in first place going into the last week of scheduled games”.


“Coach Collazo, his staff and the players are aware of this situation within the division and understand that what is at stake every week, especially this week and since we will be playing the Aztex (Austin) twice, the Bravos (Rio Grande Valley) three times, the Tornados (DFW) twice, once in Dallas where it is always tough to play, before finishing versus the surprising expansion West Texas United Sockers, our destiny this season is in our hands”, concluded Vela.


Heat Notes


Outside from Albert “Chiti” Escovar still nursing his hamstring, the Heat will have a complete roster this weekend. Erick Acevedo has been added back to the Master Roster and has gotten medical clearance to play again and no Heat players are on the PDL’s suspension list due to yellow card accumulation or red card infractions.


Coach Collazo should have plenty of players to choose from for this important out of town trip.


Around the Mid-South Division


The El Paso Patriots represented the Mid-South Division in the opening round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tournament this past Tuesday, June 9th. The Patriots were victorious with a 2 – 1 win over the Arizona (Phoenix) Sahuaros at Patriot Stadium in El Paso.


Next up for the Patriots is the Austin Aztex from the USL-1 Division of the United Soccer Leagues. This second round game is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th in Austin.


For additional information on the Laredo Heat Soccer Club, please visit our website at www.laredoheatsc.com or call the Heat office at 723 – 4700.