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Rayados U-20’s Nip Heat in Friendly Match

Rayados U-20’s Nip Heat in Friendly Match

Friday May 19, 2011 - Rayados U-20’s Nip Heat in Friendly Match

Heat Resumes PDL Regular Season with Visit to Rio Grande Valley

 

LAREDO, Texas (Friday, May 19, 2011)The Monterrey Rayados Under-20 soccer team trotted out some projected Mexican national players when they played a friendly against the Laredo Heat Thursday night at the TAMIU Soccer Complex.

The Heat could not contain the Rayados’ speed and ball movement as it dropped a 3-2 decision.

“This is good practice for my team. This game gave me an opportunity to see all the players on the roster,” Heat coach Israel Collazo said.

“I am happy with the game. The important game for us is the one on Saturday (at Rio Grande Valley) and that is the one that we are thinking about”, concluded Collazo.

The Rayados scored 15 minutes into the game on a well designed play.

After getting the ball deep in Heat territory, Cesar De La Pena took a pass and let the ball fly 25 yards away from the net beyond the reach of Laredo goalie Maros Valko for a 1-0 lead.

The Heat was patient on offense in the first half, looking for that small seam of opportunity to get one by Rayados goalie Justin Perez.

The opportunity came in the 42nd minute when a familiar face to Laredo soccer put the faith of the team on his back, attempting to get the Heat back into the game.

Felix Garcia, who is one of the most recognizable faces of Laredo soccer and a former LBJ High great, found himself in familiar territory, deep in an opponent’s field.

He took a pass from midfield and, with a burst of speed, took charge at the goal with three Rayados defenders hanging on to him. Garcia shook off the defense and found a clear shot 30 yards away from the goal as the ball sailed just beyond the reach of the goalie’s hands and knotted the game at 1.

Laredo outshot the Rayados 6-3 in the first half, but only was able to punch one into the net.

Collazo utilized the second half to give many of his starters a rest and give quality minutes to those who don’t see the field as often.

“This game just really showed me all the players and what they could do,” he said.

“They made a couple of goals when I made the substitution, but we are fine with that.”

Six minutes into the second half, the Rayados took the lead once again on a shot by Marcelo Cazaubon. The Rayados were not done penetrating deep into Heat territory, however, adding to their lead six minutes later on a goal by Alejandro Garcia.

Heat forward Esteban Bayona scored for the home side to make the score 3 – 2 in the 61st minute but that was all the offense the Laredo club could muster for the remainder of the game.

 

Back to the PDL Regular Season

 

After taking a short break from their Premier Development League (PDL) regular season to play the Rayados de Monterrey Under 20’s, the Heat (2 – 1 – 0, 6 points) will be back at it as they head to Edinburgh, TX for their first away game in 2011 to take on the expansion Rio Grande Valley Grandes (0 – 3 – 0, 0 points) on Saturday, May 21st at the Edinburgh Field. Kick-off is set for 8:00 PM.

The two teams opened their respective 2011 PDL Regular Season versus each other in Laredo on Friday, May 6th with the Heat taking that contest by a score of 5 – 1.

“We definitely expect a different game when we visit their place this weekend. The Grandes have since played against El Paso and West Texas United at home and though they lost those games, both defeats were only by one point”, mentioned Heat Head Coach Israel Collazo.

“I expect to see a different line-up from them as I have seen that “Chuy” Mireles is now part of their team, which is good to see because he is one heck of a player”.

Collazo concluded, “I have already told our players to forget the El Paso loss at home last week and that now it is time to focus on getting back on track with the rest of our regular season”.

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.