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Heat SC Facing West Texas United and Chivas El Paso This Weekend

Heat SC Facing West Texas United and Chivas El Paso This Weekend

Thursday, May 12, 2011- Heat SC Facing West Texas United and Chivas El Paso This Weekend

Both Matches Are U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Matches


LAREDO, Texas (Thursday, May 12, 2011): After an impressive season opening 5 – 1 victory at home last weekend versus the expansion RGV Grandes FC, the Heat (1 – 0 – 0, 3 points) will continue their opening home stand with back to back games this weekend at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex. Both matches will kick-off at 8:00 P.M.


On Friday, May 13th, the West Texas United (Midland) Sockers (1 – 1 – 0, 3 points), under new Head Coach Warren Cottle, will be visiting the Gateway City for the first of four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Matches for the Heat.


West Texas United, in its third season in the Premier Development League (PDL), has always had a solid program that once again will prove to be a formidable foe for all the Mid-South Division teams.


The following evening, on Saturday, May 14th, one of the longest tenured teams in the PDL, the Chivas El Paso Patriots, will be in Laredo to take its best shot at the Heat. Over the years, the El Paso and Laredo games have been classics to watch as both teams, year in and year out have competed for division titles and playoff berths.


The Chivas El Paso Patriots are a direct affiliate of the Mexican Federation’s Chivas de Guadalajara franchise, one of the most popular soccer clubs, both in Mexico and around the world.


“Playing back to back games is always tough, that is why one normally does not see it, except in tournaments and such but it is necessary sometimes, especially in the PDL since the season is only three months long”, said Heat Head Coach Israel Collazo.


“Since we will be playing two games this weekend on Friday and Saturday, it will be necessary for me to have full access to all my players. Just because a player is not on the 18 game day roster on Friday does not mean he will not be on it on Saturday. Every player available to me needs to be ready to play this weekend”.


Collazo concluded, “I told my players this week that while the win last Friday was a good start to the season, now it is on to the next game and then the next this weekend versus very two very good teams that will be after the same thing that we are after, the PDL Mid-South invitation to the first round of the U.S. Open Cup, that there was no time to rest in our quest for wins this season”.


Once again this season, in cooperation with the Chick-Fil-A Mall del Norte location, if the Heat scores three or more goals during a game, every person that purchases a ticket to the match will be given a voucher for a free regular Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich (Mall del Norte location only), so let’s come support the home team.


About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all United States Soccer Federation affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States; the annual U.S. Open Cup is entering its 98th tournament in 2011.

In a nutshell, the U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country’s league season, are open in the early stages to any club that can qualify, giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer.

In leagues like the English Premier League, the Serie A in Italy and the Bundesliga in Germany, cup competitions are prestigious tournaments waged between a country’s strongest teams like Manchester United, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, and smaller teams like Watford F.C. in England, a small-time club that hit it big in 1984 by making it all the way to the F.A. Cup Final. Just five years ago, unfashionable Chesterfield of the Second Division (the third flight in England) advanced to the semi-finals of the 1997 F.A. Cup in England before finally losing.

The winner of each country’s domestic cup competition, in addition to taking home the prize money, is automatically placed into a tournament to compete against neighboring countries cup winners. In Europe this tournament is known as the Cup Winners’ Cup competition, and in North and Central America it is the CONCACAF Cup Winners’ Cup, which was first competed in 1992.

Despite the prominence of the North American Soccer League from 1967 to 1984, NASL teams rarely showed the inclination to enter the U.S. Open Cup competition. In fact, until the emergence of Major League Soccer, full professional teams were almost non-existent in the competition. That has changed in the last several years, though, with MLS taking part since 1996, thus helping to make the tournament a true “national” championship.

Due to increased sponsorship and greater media attention, the Open Cup is now beginning to enjoy a prominence equal to its importance as America’s “open” soccer championship.

Source: www.thecup.us

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.