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End of an Era:

End of an Era:

Heat Name Former Captain Dany Galvan Assistant Coach



Monterrey Native Anchored the Midfield for Six Years




Laredo, TX (Wednesday, March 28, 2012): The Laredo Heat announced today that former midfielder and team captain Dany Galvan has accepted the position of Assistant Head Coach for the upcoming 2012 United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League (PDL) Season.




Galvan, who arrived in Laredo in 2006 and immediately had an impact both on and off the field, takes over the position of Assistant Head Coach from Fernando Hernandez who was named Head Coach earlier this year.




Galvan anchored a solid midfield for former Coach Israel Collazo and the Gateway City club and he was very instrumental in all of the Heat’s playoff runs from 2006 to last season’s USL PDL Championship Game appearance. Additionally, Galvan made the decision by the Front Office to name him to the coaching staff an easy one because of the way he has conducted himself over the years during practices and games.




Galvan holds a National “D” Coaching License and his quiet yet professional demeanor will help him over the next few years as he will now make a run from the sidelines instead of being the leader on the pitch. Galvan is also a youth coach, boys and girls under 7 to under 10, within the Heat Youth Soccer Club and Academy.




“Dany is definitely one of the good guys within our organization and I am personally very happy to see him move on from the field as a player to the coaching ranks”, said Heat Owner Shashi Vaswani.




“Though he has accepted this position to be on the sidelines now, I did mention to Dany to make sure that his cleats were not put away and that he keep them close enough in case we would need him as the season went along as those old knees and ankles still had some kick in them”.




“All kidding aside, Dany will still continue to have an impact within our organization because of his experience through the Mexican professional ranks and conclusion of his playing career within the USL and he knows firsthand what it takes to make it at the highest levels of this sport. Hopefully all of our younger club and academy players will take advantage of his know how and will look for him for advice on issues on and off the pitch”, concluded Vaswani.




This Coming Week for the Heat




The Laredo Heat will have a very busy week leading to their Easter break from pre-season training. On Saturday, March 31st, the team will be heading north on IH-35 to the Alamo City to play versus the North American Soccer League (NASL) expansion side San Antonio Scorpions. A week ago today, the Scorpions inked former Heat Forward Esteban Bayona to a professional contract.




On Thursday, April 5th, Laredo will once again be on the road, this time heading to the Bayou City to take on two-time Major League Soccer (MLS) Champions the Houston Dynamo at the team’s training facility, the recently opened Houston Amateur Sports Park.




Both matches will be excellent pre-season games for Laredo as they prepare for the 2012 USL PDL Regular Season. Coach Hernandez and his staff will have a great opportunity to see several trialists as well as some of the returning players for the Heat in action versus some quality competition.




About the PDL




The top developmental men’s league in North American, the PDL features 73 teams in 2012 within four conferences across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and 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 PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world.


For additional information on the Laredo Heat Soccer Club, please visit our website at www.laredoheatsc.com