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Heat See Away Opener Spoiled


Houston edges Laredo, 1-0

LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Heat traveled to Houston for their first away game of the young Premier Development League season, facing the same foe they opened their home season against. The result differed this time, as Laredo fell to the Houston Dutch Lions, 1-0, after drawing them 1-1 on May 17 in Laredo.

The Heat (1-1-1, 4 points) dominated possession and shots on goal – constantly testing former goalkeeper Emmanuel “Bebo” Frias – who joined the Dutch Lions (1-2-1, 4 points) this season. Laredo launched 21 shots on Houston – 11 in the second half alone.

It was a 43rd minute corner kick that conquered all, as Javier Vasquez closed a cluttered ball inside the Heat’s 6-yard box. That single strike beat the Heat’s dominant backline and 20-year-old keeper Jorge Ortega – a Monterrey, Mexico, native. It was just the second goal allowed by him in three matches – both against Houston.

Houston levied just five shots in the match, but lifted 10 corner kicks against the Heat.

The match was not only wide open, but also physical. Houston’s Joe Jackson, Mario Garcia and David Perez were cautioned in the match, while only Laredo’s Matthieu Braem received a yellow card before leaving with a lower body injury.

The Heat next travel to face the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League – a second-tier fully professional division. The match is the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a domestic tournament featuring the U.S. Soccer Federation’s five tiers of amateur and professional soccer.

The winner will face an opportunity against Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo on June 8.

The match will be streamed live and for free at www.YouTube.com/LaredoHeatSC at 6:40 p.m.

The Heat’s next home match will be May 31 against the Albuquerque Sol at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex. The match kicks off at 8 p.m.

Each home game will see the Heat offer four fans a chance at winning $500. If the randomly selected fans can bury an undefended penalty kick at halftime, they will win $400 for themselves and $100 to the evening’s selected benefactor.

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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