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RECAP: Battle for 2nd Place Ends In 1-All Knot

RECAP: Battle for 2nd Place Ends In 1-All Knot

Laredo, Sockers remain in identical positions after renewed rivalry

MIDLAND, Texas – The Laredo Heat visited the Midland-Odessa Sockers in a pivotal match for the Mid-South Division’s postseason chase, eventually ending in identical positions after a 1-all draw at Grande Communications Stadium on Saturday night. The Heat (3-2-3, 12 points) entered on the outside of postseason qualification looking in while the Sockers (4-3-2, 14 points) remain in second place.

Only the Mid-South’s top two in the table qualify for the Southern Conference tournament, and the Heat have never failed to qualify for a postseason their were eligible for.

The Heat fell behind in just the ninth minute when the Sockers Tucker Hume elevated over Laredo’s backline to nod home a far-post strike.

Laredo equalized half an hour later when right full back Salvador “Chava” Luna bagged his second successful strike in as many matches. Beautiful footwork and precision passing from forward Esteban Bayona and Miguel Fernandez fed Luna inside the 6-yard box for an easy burial. Bayona recorded the assist.

With his second goal of the road trip, Luna joins forward Felix Garcia and as the team’s second-best scoring leader with two apiece. Bayona leads the team with three this campaign.

Laredo maintained its pressuring attack into the second half, until center back Sebastian Ramirez received his second yellow card for dragging down Hume just outside the 18-yard box in the 77th minute. The red card ejection reduced Laredo to 10 men. Compounding the crisis, the team’s only other natural center back, Adan Villavicencio, left the match with an injury – leaving Laredo with a patchwork defensive unit.

With the draw, Laredo remains the pursuant of the 2014 playoffs – albeit with a game in hand over the Sockers. The Heat will next face the division-leading Austin Aztex (7-0-1, 21 points) in Austin on June 28 before hosting them in Laredo on July 3.

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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