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Heat Sit Atop Mid-South Division Standings

May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 (Laredo, TX):


After four weeks of Premier Development League (PDL) soccer action, the Laredo Heat Soccer Club sits on top of the Mid-South Division Standings with a record of 3 wins – 1 loss – 1 tie and 10 points.


Right behind the Heat are the El Paso Patriots who sport a record of 3 wins and 2 losses (9 points).


El Paso and Laredo are the only two teams in the Mid-South Division that have played five games during the start of the 2009 PDL Regular Season with the remaining five teams all having played only four games.


The rest of the standings in the Mid-South Division are:


- Austin Aztex (2 – 1 – 1 / 7 points)

- Rio Grande Valley Bravos (1 – 1 – 2 / 5 points)

- West Texas United Sockers (1 – 1 – 2 / 5 points) ***

- DFW Tornados (1 – 2 – 1 / 4 points)

- Houston Leones (0 – 3 – 1 / 1 points)


*** The West Texas United Sockers play out of Midland, Texas

“Though we are content with the fast start, we also know we let qualifying for the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup slip through our hands and because qualifying for the Open Cup was one of our goals this season, we are little disappointed with that and also with not having qualified (for Open Cup participation) since the 2006 season”, said Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.


Vela added, “But we will continue playing hard and do our best to accumulate wins so we can now accomplish our next goal, that of making the 2009 PDL Playoffs”.


“We have played every team in our division except for the DFW Tornados but they will be in Laredo in just three weeks and from what we have seen so far in league play, there is reason to believe and understand that it will be another battle for the top position in the Mid-South”.


“After playing in Hidalgo, TX on Monday versus the Bravos, the team had a light practice and gym workout session on Tuesday this week. At this point, Coach Collazo and his staff and most importantly, the players are now focused on the next task at hand, beginning with our next divisional game this weekend”, concluded Vela.


Heat Notes:


Another local high school player has been added to the Heat’s PDL Roster.


After completing his duties as the Heat ’92 (Under 17 Select Team, Division I) goalkeeper, Alexander High School’s Rodrigo “Rorro” Avila was moved up the soccer ladder within the organization.


“Rorro” will be competing with Lucas Dyer (Houston Dynamo Youth Academy / McAllen and St. Louis University) for playing time and backing up the Heat’s two year starting keeper Ryan Cooper (2007 USL PDL Championship Game MVP).


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.