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Heat Initiate Pre-Season with Two Wins Over the Weekend

Heat Initiate Pre-Season with Two Wins Over the Weekend

Monday, April 4, 2011 - Heat Initiate Pre-Season with Two Wins Over the Weekend

Played St. Edward’s in Austin and the University of Houston - Victoria


LAREDO, Texas (Monday, April 4, 2011): With a 24 player travelling team, Coach Israel Collazo and his staff headed to Central and Southeast Texas for a pair of pre-season matches over the weekend to get the 2011 Premier Development League (PDL) started. For Collazo and his staff, the weekend’s objective was twofold, one to get players already contemplated to be members of the 2011 squad in game shape and two, to get players on the brink, one last opportunity to demonstrate why they should be left on the team for another week of practice before the initial cuts start taking place.


On Saturday, April 2nd, the Heat travelled to Central Texas to take on the St. Edward’s University Hilltoppers at their beautiful South Austin campus. St. Edward’s and the Heat organization have had a very solid working relationship over the past four years that has allowed the teams to always get a game in during the spring season.


The Hilltoppers proved to be very formidable opponents for the Heat but at the end of the day, the Gateway City team left Austin with a nifty, we played 2 – 1 victory. The goals for the Heat we scored by Felix Garcia (1st half) and Esteban Bayona (2nd half).


Immediately after the game in Austin, the Heat headed east to Victoria where on Sunday, April 3rd, they encountered the University of Houston – Victoria, a first year NAIA program coached by former St. Edward’s Assistant Adrian Rigby.


With a predominately veteran team initiating the match, the Heat overwhelmed the host in the first half and at halftime held a 5 – 1 lead over the Jaguars.


The Heat scored one more goal in the second half and left Victoria with a 6 – 2 win. The goals on Sunday were scored by Teddy Mulamba (2) (1st half), Felix Garcia (1sthalf), Juan de Dios Ibarra (1st half), Damien Lopez (1st half) and Esteban Bayona (2nd half).


“The score of the games at this point of the season are irrelevant to me as what I want to see from the players is easy play and the start of cohesive play as we are one month away from the start of the regular season”, mentioned Head Coach Israel Collazo.


Collazo added, “Along those lines, these games also help me evaluate the talent I have and unfortunately, as it is in any sport that only allows a certain number of players on the roster, the games also help me decide what players I need to cut loose and give them time to look for other opportunities within the PDL.”


“So far, with the pre-season that has been put together by our trainer Albert “Chiti” Escovar and the rest of the coaching staff, I am satisfied with the progress but not the end result; however, I know we still have plenty of work to do before we hit the pitch in May”, concluded Collazo.


Start of the 2011 PDL Regular Season


The Heat opens up the 2011 PDL Regular Season at home versus the expansion Rio Grande Valley Grandes on Friday, May 6th. Kick-off is set for 8:00 PM at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex, the home of the Laredo Heat. Plenty of family orientated festivities have been planned for the opening match so stay tuned for more details to come from the Heat front office.


About the PDL


The top U23 men’s league in North America, the PDL provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The USL Premier Development League has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.


United Soccer Leagues

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, United Soccer Leagues has become the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America by building on the vision, commitment, and passion of players, fans and investors. Now in its third decade of operation, USL continues to be a driving force in the growth of soccer in the United States, Canada and Caribbean. USL provides a clearly defined path for the progression of male and female soccer players beginning at the youth level (USL Super Y-League/USL Super-20 League), continuing through the amateur level (USL Premier Development League/USL W-League) and up to the professional level, both outdoor and indoor (USL PRO, I-League). A platform for countless players to reach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted to developing the sport at the grassroots level in every community across the region.

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.