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Heat on the Road, Heading to El Paso and Midland

Heat on the Road, Heading to El Paso and Midland

Thursday June, 23, 2011- Heat on the Road, Heading to El Paso and Midland

Match Preview: Crucial Weekend for Laredo


Laredo, Texas (Thursday, June 23, 2011): Currently sitting in second place behind the Chivas El Paso Patriots (7 – 3 – 1, 22 points) with two less games played in the regular season, the Laredo Heat Soccer Club (7 – 2 – 0, 21 points) are heading into West Texas to play back-to-back games over the weekend in El Paso and Midland.


On Friday, June 24th, El Paso will host the Heat at Patriot Stadium at 8:00 PM local time (9:00 PM in Laredo).


The Patriots are coming off a successful road trip to Louisiana where they beat New Orleans 1 – 0 and tied Baton Rouge 2 – 2. Their four points earned on the road placed the Sun City club on top of the Mid-South Division after the midway part of the 2011 Premier Development League (PDL) Regular Season.


On Saturday, Laredo will be hosted by the West Texas United Sockers (3 – 6 – 0, 9 points) at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland. Kick-off is set for 7:30 PM.


Unlike the Chivas El Paso Patriots, West Texas United had a very disappointing weekend last week when they visited the Heat and the RGV Grandes FC. After losing to Laredo 4 – 1, the Sockers were shut out by the Grandes 3 – 0 in Edinburgh.


The good news for Midland based club is that of their remaining seven games in 2011, five will be played at Grande Communication Field where they are always a tough side to beat.


“So far this season we have done what we needed to do on the road and that is winning all three matches (RGV, New Orleans and Baton Rouge) and bringing home nine points. I hope that streak continues this weekend because at this juncture of the season, no points can be left up for grabs”, said Heat Head Coach Israel Collazo.


“And with five of our remaining seven games on the road, the players and my staff are aware of what is on the line and what needs to be done in order to finish the season where we want to”.


Collazo concluded, “This weekend in El Paso and Midland will show me the character of my team because both of these teams play exceptionally well at home. To me it does not matter where a team is on the table because my experience has shown me that if you are not prepared, anyone can beat you and with the Chivas and Sockers, that is always the case. We know what lies ahead for us this weekend and we have practiced very diligently”.


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


Laredo Heat Injury Update


The Heat will continue this week without the services of their # 10, veteran midfielder Juan de Dios Ibarra. Ibarra suffered a broken nose during practice on June 12th. Ibarra has since been operated and has been cleared to resume practicing after this week.


Next Home Game


Laredo returns home next Friday, July 1st to host the New Orleans Jesters at the TAMIU Soccer Complex. Kick-off will be at 8:00 PM. General admission ticket pricing for all of the Heat’s regular season PDL games are $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children 12 and under.


The Heat has two regular season PDL games remaining in 2011, including the game versus New Orleans on July 1st; however, within the next few days, a major exhibition game announcement will be made by the Heat administration that will take place in July at the TAMIU Soccer Complex. Stay tuned for additional details.


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.