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One of Sixteen U.S. Open Cup Games in Laredo

One of Sixteen U.S. Open Cup Games in Laredo

Heat Set to Host Aria Soccer Club New Stars in U.S. Open Cup First Round

Laredo, TX (Monday, May 14, 2012): The Laredo Heat is looking to get back on track after losing their Premier Development League Regular Season Opener in Houston over the weekend to the expansion side Texas Dutch Lions by a score of 2 – 0 when they host the Aria SC New Stars in the opening round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tournament.

 Kick-off is set for 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15th at the Texas A&M International University Complex for the match-up between the Heat and the ASC New Stars.

 The ASC New Stars qualified for the U.S. Open Cup by winning the Region III United States Adult Soccer Association Qualifying Tournament on April 29th. The New Stars are based in Houston, TX and play in the Houston Football Association.

 The winner of the opening round match between the ASC New Stars and the Laredo Heat will advance to play in the second round versus the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League in San Antonio on Tuesday, May 22nd.

 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.

 Upcoming Games

On Friday, May 18th, Laredo will open up with their first Premier Development League (PDL) regular season home game as they face long time rivals the El Paso Patriots.

 El Paso and Laredo are coming off strong 2011 PDL campaigns as both represented the Mid-South Division at the PDL Southern Conference Playoff Tournament in Jackson, MS and this upcoming season should be no different for the Rio Grande rivals.

 Ticket Pricing

General Admission Tickets for adults will remain at $5.00 and all children 12 years and under only will need to pay $1.00 for a General Admission Ticket.

 Limited VIP Tickets are also available for all Heat home games for $20.00 for both adults and children.

 Check out the Laredo Heat SC webpage, www.laredoheatsc.com for details on the Heat Club Card, the official team season ticket pass for both general admission and VIP access pricing.

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