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Heat Announce Latest Additions to Team Roster

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Thursday, April 21, 2011 - Heat Announce Latest Additions to Team Roster

Heat Announce Latest Additions to Team Roster

Veterans Mulamba and Bayona Return, Two Former RGV Players Also Added


LAREDO, Texas (Thursday, April 21, 2011): The Laredo Heat Soccer Club inked four additional players this week, including  two returning starters and two players with Premier Development League (PDL) experience from the Rio Grande Valley to make their total of six players signed to their 2011 PDL roster. All four player registrations are pending final United Soccer Leagues (USL) approval.


Joining the Heat’s recent signing of Felix Garcia and Juan de Dios Ibarra will be former TAMIU standout and four year veteran, midfielder Gregory Mulamba and former University of the Incarnate Word star and two year veteran, forward Esteban Bayona.


Also joining the Heat for the upcoming 2011 PDL campaign are two former adversaries of the Gateway City club from the Rio Grande Valley Bravos, defensive specialist Reynol Fuentes from Mission, TX and Damian “El Niño” Lopez from McAllen.


“We know what Greg and Esteban bring to the table since they have been with our franchise over the past few years; however, both Reynol and Damian are no strangers to us since the past two seasons they were both instrumental parts with the Bravos organization”, mentioned Heat Head Coach Israel Collazo.


Collazo added, “All four of these individuals bring a different element to the table that will be beneficial to our team in 2011. I am most especially looking forward to having Greg back full time at this point since he was out most of the season last year with an injury. I am expecting Greg to play up to the standard he set for himself in 2009”.


“Esteban joined us late in March and has already demonstrated the same tenacity for the upcoming season that we have grown accustomed to from him. Like Greg, I am expecting Esteban to step it up all season, which he should be able to since he takes care of himself very well through exercise and practice”.


Collazo joked when talking about Fuentes and Lopez, “I expect Reynol and Damian to create the same havoc to the opposition this year like they created for us the past two seasons. I saw them so often in 2009 and 2010 that when they contacted us about joining the Heat in 2011; it was like they were already part of the team”.


“In all seriousness, both these individuals know what I expect from them and since their first day in pre-season camp, they have demonstrated their commitment to our goals as a team and their skills will definitely be an asset to us”, 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.