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Laredo Set to Host Baton Rouge at TAMIU

Laredo Set to Host Baton Rouge at TAMIU

Wednesday June 8, 2011 - Laredo Set to Host Baton Rouge at TAMIU

Game Marks Halfway Mark of the 2011 PDL Season for the Heat


Laredo, Texas (Wednesday, June 8, 2011): The defending 2010 Southern Conference Champion Baton Rouge Capitals (1 – 4 – 0, 3 points) have had a rough start to their 2011 Premier Development League (PDL) Season having lost four out their first five games, including a loss in Baton Rouge late in May to their host of this week, the Laredo Heat Soccer Club (6 – 1 – 0, 18 points). The Heat and Capitals will tangle this coming Thursday, June 9th at the TAMIU Soccer Complex with the kick-off set for 8:00 P.M.


All four losses that Baton Rouge has endured have been by a margin of one point, a 2 – 1 loss in Midland to West Texas United, a 1 – 0 loss in El Paso, a 1 – 0 losses to both Laredo and Nashville (Metros) at home.


The Baton Rouge Capitals were the team in 2010 that ousted the Laredo Heat in the first round of the playoffs in Jackson, MS in penalty kicks.


Currently, the Laredo Heat is sitting on top of the Mid-South Division table with El Paso in second place, West Texas United and New Orleans tied for third and Baton Rouge and the RGV Grandes, both with three points, tied for fourth place.


“This team coming into Laredo on Thursday is an excellent club that has not gotten the right breaks this season. It took us 83 minutes to pull out a victory a few weeks ago in Baton Rouge and the last seven minutes of the game were intense because of their offensive attacks on goal”, mentioned Heat Coach Israel Collazo.


“Baton Rouge is not a team to be taken lightly regardless of where they currently stand in the division. I have been in that position that they are in, having lost very close games and knowing that if something had gone a different direction I might have more wins than losses”.


Collazo concluded, “Over the years, regardless of the level of play that I have been involved in, I have always told my teams and teammates that no opponent is to be taken for granted, that there are trap games at every corner and most importantly, that when you have played a team like we have in Baton Rouge and that game was as close as it was, the opposing team feels that they let one get away and they will come after you”.


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

Heat Locker Room Update


Laredo will be without the services of Captain Dany Galvan (# 22) this week when they play Baton Rouge due to receiving a red card last week versus El Paso. Unless notified by the United Soccer Leagues Front Office, Galvan suspension should only be for one game.


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.