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Heat exact revenge, top Patriots

Heat exact revenge, top Patriots

Friday June 3, 2011 - Heat exact revenge, top Patriots

Laredo Currently On Top of Mid-South Division

Laredo, Texas (Friday, June 3, 2011): The last time the Chivas EL Paso Patriots (5 – 2 – 0 , 15 points) met the Laredo Heat (6 – 1 – 0, 18 points), it was a defensive contest that was not decided until El Paso scored the night’s only goal in the game’s 80th minute in early May.

Friday night, the pair danced to a different tune as Laredo exploded out of the gates to steal the lead in the second minute on a shot from Felix Garcia and continued to pressure EL Paso throughout the night with a clear 10 – 3 advantage in shots on goal.

 By the end of the night, the Patriots had been thoroughly vanquished 3 – 0 by the Heat at the TAMIU Soccer Complex.

“We had been practicing that, we knew once we scored, it would open up the game because they are a very defensive minded team and once they score they stay back”, said Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.

It was the Heat’s fourth consecutive win since falling to the Patriot’s a little less than a month ago. Max Gunderson and Esteban Bayona iced the game with consecutive goals in the 38th and 39th minutes. It was exactly the kind of performance that Coach Collazo wanted to see from his team against a rival divisional stalwart.

Collazo mentioned, “We knew we had the tenacity and we were a little upset as an organization because they got away from us the first time”.

“They (the Heat) executed the game plan very well today and with our 6 – 1 – 0 record, it is good to be in first place in the Mid-South Division of the PDL with nearly half of the 2011 season behind us. This shows we want to play, to be in this position, we play to be in the playoffs”, concluded Collazo.

The Heat and Patriots had been tied atop the standings prior to the crucial match on Friday.

Laredo will play El Paso twice more before the season reaches its end. The Heat returns to play Thursday when they host the Baton Rouge Capitals at the TAMIU Soccer Complex at 8:00 PM. The Heat hold a 1 – 0 record against Baton Rouge this season after having been knocked from the playoffs by the Capitals last year.

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

 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.