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El Paso visits Laredo, Early Mid-South Division Lead on the Line

El Paso visits Laredo, Early Mid-South Division Lead on the Line

Thursday June 2, 2011 - El Paso visits Laredo, Early Mid-South Division Lead on the Line

Both Teams with Identical 5 – 1 – 0 Records

 

Laredo, Texas (Thursday, June 2, 2011): After a successful visit to Louisiana over the weekend that saw the Laredo Heat (5 – 1 – 0, 15 points) come home with six critical points with victories over the New Orleans Jesters (2 – 2 – 0, 6 points) and the Baton Rouge Capitals (1 – 3 – 0, 3 points), it is now time to focus on what lies ahead.

 

And for the Heat, it means a match versus longtime rival, the Chivas El Paso Patriots (5 – 1 – 0, 15 points) on Friday, June 3rd at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:00 P.M.

 

Both Laredo and El Paso are currently sitting on top of the Premier Development League (PDL) Mid-South Division table with identical records and the game on Friday here in Laredo, barring a tie, will give the winner some breathing room in the division after having played seven games, almost fifty percent of the season.

 

The lone blemish on the Heat’s record thus far in 2011 came courtesy of El Paso in early May when the Sun City team defeated Laredo by a score of 1 – 0 when Midfielder Rodrigo Morin found the back of the net late in the game (80th minute).

 

“Things happen in the game of soccer that at times are hard to explain and in our first meeting versus El Paso it did not matter how often we attacked their goal or how many shots we took, we just could not find a way to score”, said Heat General Manager J.J. Vela

 

“On the contrary, they took four shots at our goal during the 90 minutes of the game and they were able to score on one of those four shots on a counter attack, not a bad percentage at the end of the day”.

 

Vela concluded, “Our loss earlier this season to El Paso kept us out of representing the Mid-South Division in the U.S. Open Cup Tournament so a measure of redemption is on the line for our coaching staff and players this Friday here at home but with the U.S. Open Cup now being a foregone conclusion for us, we still need to concentrate on defending our home turf and acquiring as many points, and wins, as possible to keep ourselves in the divisional lead and making the playoffs once again”.

 

For game updates, fans can follow the Heat on both Twitter (@LaredoHeatSC) and Facebook (Laredo Heat Sc).

 

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tournament Update

 

U.S. Soccer announced the match-ups for the first round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tournament. The teams representing the PDL this year are: the Carolina Dynamo (South Atlantic Division), the Central Florida Kraze (Southeast Division), the Chicago Fire Premier (Great Lakes Division), the Chivas El Paso Patriots (Mid-South Division), the Kitsap Pumas / the Portland Timbers U-23 (Northwest Division) ***, the Reading United AC (Mid-Atlantic Division), the Real Colorado Foxes (Heartland Division), the Ventura County Fusion (Southwest Division) and the Western Mass Pioneers (Northeast Division).

 

*** The Kitsap Pumas and the Portland Timbers U-23’s, the defending 2010 PDL Champions, will play a first ever fifth qualifying, winner take all game, to determine what team will represent the Northwest Division. Both teams ended up 4 – 0 in their qualifying games plus they had the equal amount of goals scored, point differential among other tie breaking options to determine the winner. Instead of opting for a coin toss to determine the representative, the United Soccer Leagues (USL) allowed them to determine the winner on the pitch this Friday, June 3, 2011 during a game that was already scheduled between the clubs. The winner will play the Chivas El Paso Patriots in El Paso, TX on Tuesday, June 14th in the opening round of matches.

 

The Carolina Dynamo (North Carolina), the Central Florida Kraze, the Kitsap Pumas (Washington), Reading United AC (Pennsylvania) and the Ventura County Fusion (California) have all played in Laredo over the years during the PDL playoffs.

 

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.