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Playing San Antonio Scorpions and Houston Dynamo Showcased Needs

Playing San Antonio Scorpions and Houston Dynamo Showcased Needs

Opening Pre-Season Games Proof Valuable


Laredo, TX (Friday, April 6, 2012): For the Laredo Heat, if anything can come from early pre-season exhibition game losses to the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) San Antonio Scorpions and Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Houston Dynamo is that consistent training and team cohesiveness are critical for success on the pitch.

The Heat dropped two games to the Scorpions by scores of 3 – 0 and 3 – 1 in March and yesterday at the Houston Amateur Sports Park, the training home for the Dynamo, Laredo was handed a 5 – 0 loss at the hands of the two time MLS Cup Champions.

Overall, Heat Head Coach Fernando Hernandez has been able to see many trialist and players that he has already committed to in hostile environments versus two quality teams and along the way; he has made cuts and has had plenty of teachable moments for his squad.

“Under normal circumstances we would not be playing teams such as the Scorpions and Dynamo so early in the pre-season; however, because of their schedule and the start of their seasons we welcome the challenge to one help them out with exhibition games and two to see what we have in order to secure the best players for our Premier Development League (PDL) season”, mentioned Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.

“Like any other team out there, regardless of whether the games are pre-season or exhibition games, you want to showcase yourself well and at the end of the day we have seen what we need to start seeing and the lessons learned are very valuable to our coaching staff though the score sheet shows us taking it on the chin”.

Vela concluded, “We are still early in our pre-season training and we’ll be ready once the PDL season kicks off for us on May 12th versus the Texas Dutch Lions in Houston and with several more games scheduled over the month of April versus St. Edward’s (Austin), Concordia University (Austin), the University of Houston – Victoria and the University of the Incarnate Word (San Antonio) plus a special home opener that will be announced shortly versus a storied Mexican Federation franchise, we will be in good shape”.