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Former Heat Keeper Earns Pro Trial

Former Heat Keeper Earns Pro Trial

Laredo alumnus Frias receives 10-day trial with USL Pro's Dayton Dutch Lions

LAREDO, Texas – The Dayton Dutch Lions, a U.S. Soccer Federation third-tier professional soccer team competing in the United Soccer League’s Pro Division, is featuring former Laredo Heat goalkeeper Emmanuel “Bebo” Frias in a 10-day trial that could potentially lead to a contract.

Frias also helped lead the Heat, to three consecutive playoff appearances from 2011-13. Over his three summer seasons with the Heat, Frias chiseled a 20-6-8 record while constructing an impressive .758 goals-allowed average. The fourth-tier Heat advanced to the PDL national final in 2011, and to the Southern Conference Championships in 2012-13 with Frias in goal.

With the Texas A&M International men’s soccer team, Frias – the Heartland Conference’s 2011 Player of the Year— boasts a bountiful portfolio of backstop experience – including back-to-back Heartland championships in 2011-12 and a 16-6-2 record while allowing 1.02 goals per match.

In his senior season with the Dustdevils, Frias was named the 2011 Heartland Player of the Year after allowing just 10 goals in 13 games with 5.5 shutouts, 30 saves, and an 0.82 goals against average. Frias earned All-Heartland Conference first team honors as well as second team National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Central All-Region honors.

In the 2013-14 academic year, Frias rejoined the Dustdevils as the men’s and women’s soccer assistant coach, specializing in goalkeeper training. The men won their third Heartland championship in four years.

Frias manned the goal for the Houston Dutch Lions throughout the 2014 PDL season, which eventually led to his exposure with Dayton, Houston’s professional affiliate. Dayton is the official affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew – a partnership that began this year. MLS is the highest level of professional soccer in the nation.

 

According to the Dayton Dutch Lions, six members of Houston’s development team are participating in the 10-day trials. If Dayton wishes, it will offer the selected trialists a chance to feature with the team through its remaining eight USL Pro matches this season and beyond.