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RECAP: Heat Host Sol, End Scoreless

RECAP: Heat Host Sol, End Scoreless

Laredo picks up 1 point in cross-divisional draw

LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Heat came down from a historic high on Saturday night at the Texas A&M International Soccer Complex, drawing the visiting Albuquerque Sol, 0-0, just three days after defeating the professional Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 3-2, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Heat became just the 11th Premier Development League team to advance beyond the third round of the Open Cup, and the victory was the organization’s first over a professional American team. Aside from the historic ties, drama drenched the match as it was decided on a stoppage-time penalty kick by Laredo.

The match on Saturday was one of the PDL’s cross-divisional fixtures, with the Sol (1-2-3, 6 points) coming from the Mountain Division. The Heat improve to 1-1-2 (5 points) in the Mid-South Division.

Laredo forced their will in every statistical category except the one that matters, registering 15 shots to dwarf the Sol’s five. The only recorded action by the referee was two bookings, both yellow cards to the Sol: one to goalkeeper Victor Rodriguez and one to captain Travis Campbell.

The Heat pressured from the opening whistle, despite featuring a lineup without regular starters Greg Mulamba, Kaique Fernandes, Joao Montiero and Matthieu Braem. Forward and Heat leading scorer Esteban Bayona forced the issue throughout the first half, rattling the woodwork just before halftime.

Late substitutes Felix Garcia and Rafael Ferreira launched offensive wave after wave, fed by fullbacks Yair Hernandez and Salvador “Chava” Luna, but Rodriguez kept his score sheet clean.

The Heat will next face the Dutch Lions on June 3 at TAMIU at 8 p.m. before traveling to challenge Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo on June 11 at 9 p.m. in the fourth round of the Open Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Those matches will be streamed live and for free at www.YouTube.com/LaredoHeatSC at 8:10 p.m (PDL) and 8:55 p.m. (Open Cup).

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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