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A Heat Win in the Alamo City on Tuesday brings the MLS Houston Dynamo to Laredo

A Heat Win in the Alamo City on Tuesday brings the MLS Houston Dynamo to Laredo

Heat Headed to San Antonio to Face NASL Scorpions in Second Round of U.S. Open Cup

Laredo, TX (Monday, May 21, 2012): The Laredo Heat will be making the short two hour drive north on Interstate 35 to face the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, May 22nd at the Blossom Athletic Complex in San Antonio. Kick-off for this South Texas match will be at 7:30 P.M.

 

A win versus the Scorpions on Tuesday by the Heat, a member franchise of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) would not only be historic first for the Gateway City club but it would also mean a Third Round U.S. Open Cup Showdown versus the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer (MLS) in Laredo.

 

The Heat and the Scorpions have met twice this year, both pre-season games in late March and early April at the STAR Soccer Complex in San Antonio. The Scorpions won both of the matches by scores of 3 – 0 and 3 – 1 at their home training facility.

 

Currently, the San Antonio Scorpions can be labeled the hottest team in the NASL as they are riding a four game winning streak. Their last victory, a 2 – 0 win was just this past Saturday versus FC Edmonton in front of 8,310 fans at their home stadium, Heroes Stadium.

 

Familiar Face

 

Scorpions Forward Esteban Bayona, who played in Laredo for the Heat from 2009 to 2011, will more than likely see some playing time versus his former team. Bayona, one of the top goal scorers in the PDL in 2011 has been getting key minutes for the San Antonio NASL club this season.

 

Upcoming PDL Game

 

After playing in San Antonio on Tuesday, the Heat will travel to Houston for a re-match versus the expansion Texas Dutch Lions (1 – 2 – 0, three points) on Saturday, May 26th. The Heat, currently 1 – 1 – 0 (three points) lost to The Woodlands, TX based club in their opening regular season league match by a score of 2 – 0.

 

Short History on the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

 

Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is a 99-year-old single-elimination tournament.

 

In a nutshell, the U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country's league season, are open in the early stages to any club that can qualify, giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer.

 

In leagues like the English Premier League, the Serie A in Italy, La Liga in Spain (Copa del Rey) and the Bundesliga in Germany, cup competitions are prestigious tournaments waged between a country's strongest teams like Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, and smaller teams like Watford F.C. in England, a small-time club that hit it big in 1984 by making it all the way to the F.A. Cup Final.

 

The winner of each country's domestic cup competition, in addition to taking home the prize money, is automatically placed into a tournament to compete against neighboring countries cup winners. In Europe this tournament is known as the Cup Winners' Cup competition, and in North and Central America it is the CONCACAF Cup Winners' Cup, which was first competed in 1992.

 

Due to increased sponsorship and greater media attention, the Open Cup is now beginning to enjoy a prominence equal to its importance as America's "open" soccer championship.

 

For additional information on the Laredo Heat Soccer Club and the Heat Club Card, please call the Heat office at 723 – 4700.