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Laredo Heat Returns Two Starters from 2011

Laredo Heat Returns Two Starters from 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011 - Laredo Heat Returns Two Starters from 2011

Garcia and Ibarra Bring Wealth of Experience


LAREDO, Texas (Monday, April 18, 2011): The Laredo Heat Soccer Club, just a few weeks away from opening their Mid-South Division Title defense versus the expansion Rio Grande Valley Grandes on Friday, May 6th at the TAMIU Soccer Complex, announced their first two players registered to their 2011 roster (pending USL final approval).


Former LBJ standout and U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team member Felix Garcia will join the Heat once again this summer. The lanky Garcia will be playing for the Heat for the fifth year in a row and is expected to continue his presence as the starting forward for the club. Garcia has garnered several honors as a member of the Heat over the years including Premier Development League (PDL) Under 20 Player of the Year.


Joining Garcia will be five year starter, Mid-Fielder Juan de Dios Ibarra. Ibarra joined the Heat in 2006 and since then has established himself as a mainstay in the middle of the pitch. Ibarra, like Garcia, has won several awards since being a member of the Heat, most notably, being named to the Southern Conference All-Conference Team several times. Ibarra is also one of the Heat players that are actively involved in the Heat Youth Soccer Club and Academy as a coach. Ibarra holds a National “D” Coaching License.


“Both of these experienced players will anchor our squad once again and more importantly, they will be asked to mentor and teach what they have acquired over the years of playing to our younger players that we will be adding to our roster for the upcoming 2011 PDL season”, said Heat Owner Shashi Vaswani.


Vaswani added, “Our organization acknowledges that there are many ways to develop younger athletes; however, we firmly believe that what works best is surrounding these younger players with less experience with individuals that have a tremendous amount of talent and a wealth of experience to show them the ropes”.


“For us, this has proven to be an effective method in the past and hopefully this year will be no different,” concluded Vaswani.


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.