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Chivas El Paso Patriots Edge Out Laredo Heat

Chivas El Paso Patriots Edge Out Laredo Heat

Saturday May 14, 2011 - Chivas El Paso Patriots Edge Out Laredo Heat

The sting of defeat


Heat suffer first loss of 2011

Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011 3:30 AM CDT
The Laredo Heat faced a first-place kick-off on Saturday night against Mid-South division rival Chivas El Paso at the TAMIU Soccer Complex.

The Patriots (3-1) defeated the Heat 1-0, clean sheeting the white-hot Heat (2-1) for the first time this season.

The Heat won the first two games of its three-game homestand to open the season before El Paso rolled in.

Both teams were on short rest, having played on Friday as well.

The game saw two very opposite styles of play: an aggressive and attacking Heat team pushed and constantly pressured a Chivas squad that sat back in its half awaiting for a counter-attack opportunity.

“It was a very complicated game,” Heat Coach Israel Collazo said.

“(El Paso) never wanted to play, making things difficult for us.

They had one good ball and they made it; we had three or four and missed.

That’s just soccer. Time to move forward.”

Laredo blasted four shots in the 90-plus minute affair, one more than Chivas, but Chivas netted the one that counted, an 80th minute goal off the head of Rodrigo Morin on a cross from the near side.

The flag stayed down, allowing the goal to stand as the only ruffle that either team’s nylon saw all night.

“It was a breakaway goal,” goalkeeper Rodrigo Avila said.

“They caught us on a counter attack, crossed it in and scored.

We just have to keep working hard; this game doesn’t change anything.”

Laredo had its chances, but the bounces weren’t friendly for the home team.

The crossbar rejected three shots throughout the game; one of the shots was sent ricocheting nearly into the goal, but the referee ruled it a no-goal.

“That’s the referee’s decision,” Collazo said. “Again, that’s (soccer).

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

The last chance for Laredo came in extra time off a Chivas penalty just two feet outside the penalty box.

The Heat’s Greg Mulumbo went skyward looking for a header when he was wrecked by three Chivas defenders.

Juan Ibarra curled the free kick just inches over the crossbar and the keeper’s outstretched hands, missing a draw by a small amount.

“We played a good game,” Avila said. “(El Paso) played back the whole game.

We attacked, but we couldn’t make anything of our goal opportunities.”

The Heat returns home on June 3 to face El Paso in a rematch of Saturday’s action.

Heat to host Rayados

In an early season surprise for Heat fans, the Laredo Heat announced it will host the FMF’s (Federacion Mexicana de Futbol) Monterrey Rayados U-20 squad on Thursday at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

Ticket pricing for this match will not change from the Heat’s regular season and will continue at $5 for adults and $1 for children 12-and-under for general admission seating.

“We have had a healthy working and professional relationship with the Rayados organization for several years now and a few weeks ago we started discussing the possibility of hosting their Under 20 squad here in Laredo,” Heat General Manager J.J. Vela said.

“Due to their regular season schedule, it was difficult to set a date; however, last week, with their season coming to an end and their players still under contract through the end of next week, the possibility of the team coming to play in Laredo became a reality.

“We are excited to bring these types of matches to Laredo for both soccer and sports fans to enjoy, as one never really knows what future star is being developed and we get to see them in that process.”

A few years ago, the Heat hosted the Chivas de Guadalajara, who boasted a then-17-year-old up-and-comer in Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, currently of Manchester United.