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April 25, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009 (Laredo, TX):

For the first time in their five years of existence, the Laredo Heat took on an MLS club and the experience for the players from an experience standpoint was priceless.

The Heat was topped by the two time MLS Cup Champion Houston Dynamo 4 – 0 on a windy and partly cloudy day on the Dynamo practice facility at the University of Houston.

The Heat, representing the Premier Development League (PDL) of the United Soccer Leagues (USL), played very well during the first half of the match and that inspired play resulted with the Dynamo going into the half with just a 1 – 0 lead.

The Dynamo’s first score was set up by Forward Ade Akinbiyi in the 40th minute of play. Akinbiyi placed a great cross that got pass the Heat defenders and landed at the feet of Midfielder Corey Ashe. The speedy Ashe didn’t hesitate and one timed the ball pass the Heat’s goalkeeper Ryan Cooper.

Just four minutes into the second half, the Laredo defense had a breakdown when Defender Soamy Bautista brought down Akinbiyi inside the 18 yard box. The takedown resulted in the Dynamo being awarded a penalty kick. The Dynamo’s Chris Wondolowski easily placed the ball into the back of the net to give the homeside a 2 – 0 lead.

If things couldn’t get any worse for the Heat, in the 69th minute, Defender Raul Quinones was given a red card for an accidental hit on Houston’s Danny Cruz as he was coming down from attempting a header.

For the remaining 21 minutes of the contest, the Heat played short a man and the Dynamo took full advantage of the situation.

Not allowing the Heat to penetrate into their side of the pitch, the Dynamo struck twice, once in the 77th minute and then again in the 81st. These two goals by Chris Wondolowski not only gave him a Hat Trick but allowed the Dynamo to seal the win.

“The result was not what we wanted but considering the circumstances, we held our own”, said Heat owner Shashi Vaswani.

Vaswani added, “After the red card that was issued to Quinones, the Dynamo took full advantage of the situation and as a soccer fan, I can certainly appreciate that aspect of the game”.

“Coach Collazo also gave significant playing time to three local high school players, Alfredo Ramos, Eduardo Gonzales and Frank Lara in order to give them playing experience that will be plenty useful this upcoming season”.

Vaswani concluded, “Like the old adage goes, we might have lost the game but we most definitely did not lose the lesson with our participation in this match. The team played without a few players that were unable to play due to injuries or were unable to make the trip. At the end of the day, the match provided us with a great opportunity to play against a very good MLS side that has great leadership and it allowed us the opportunity to prepare in the best manner for the opening of our regular season next week”.

The Laredo Heat opens up the PDL regular season next week in McAllen versus the expansion Rio Grande Valley Bravos on Saturday, May 2nd. Kick-off is set for 7:30 PM.


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.