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Heat Return Experienced Trio

Heat Return Experienced Trio

Garza, Villavicencio and Mulamba return to fuel Laredo


Heat Return Experienced Trio

Garza, Villavicencio and Mulamba return to fuel Laredo

LAREDO, Texas – In search of a return to dominance in the Mid-South Division of the Premier Development League, the Laredo Heat have completed the registration of three returning players with Laredo ties. The trio of former Texas A&M International University student-athletes include midfielder Greg Mulamba, forward Daniel Garza and defensive midfielder Adan Villavicencio.

In 2013, Laredo went 8-1-2 (Win-Loss-Draw) to finish second in the Mid-South with 28 points from 14 matches. The Heat came into existence in 2004 and have qualified for nine consecutive postseasons with six Mid-South championships in the nine years they were eligible for contention. The Heat were ineligible in 2004, the team’s first year in the PDL. They’ve appeared in four national finals, winning in 2007.

The Heat scored 30 goals and allowed only 13 in 2013. They advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Cup, falling in penalty kicks to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League. The Heat fell in the PDL Southern Conference Championship final. The Aztex eliminated them, 2-0, after the Heat advanced past the Ocala Stampede, 2-0.

Mulamba returns to maneuver the Heat’s midfield for a seventh season. He ranks as TAMIU’s ninth highest career points earner (32 points, 2005-08), eighth highest career goal scorer (13) and as the 2008 Heartland Conference Player of the Year. In the 2011 PDL final in Kitsap, Wash., Mulamba came within centimeters of equalizing the 1-0 contest against the Kitsap Pumas. He rattled the crossbar with a 30-yard shot as the Heat eventually fell.

For the Heat, Mulamba’s scored seven career goals with four assists while playing 85 matches.

Villavicencio returns to Laredo for his fourth stint since 2008. He’s featured in eight matches for Laredo, patrolling the defensive half of the pitch. For the Dustdevils, he earned Heartland Conference First-Team honors in 2011-12. He played in 58 games over four years at TAMIU with five goals and four assists, playing primarily as a centerback.

Garza adds speed and slight size to the Heat’s point of attack. The Laredo United High School alumnus has played in 37 PDL games since 2010, scoring  13 goals – including a career-high seven in 2013. He led the team in goals, with the next closest finisher coming three short of Garza’s total.

The Heat will continue filling out their roster per PDL requirements over the next month in preparation for the upcoming U.S. Open Cup – to begin on May 13-14 – with the location and time to be announced once teams from around the country qualify for the open allocations offered by U.S. Soccer.

 The PDL regular season opener will see Laredo host the Houston Dutch Lions at the TAMIU Soccer Complex on May 17 at 8 p.m. Last season, the Dutch Lions and the Heat played twice, opening the season with a 2-2 draw in The Woodlands. In their second match, the Heat beat the Dutch Lions 5-0.

About the PDL

The top developmental men’s league in North America, the 2014 PDL featured 64 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven 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.

 

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