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Heat’s Hernandez Named to All-PDL Team

Heat’s Hernandez Named to All-PDL Team

Laredo captain earns 2nd postseason honor

LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Heat’s most consistent player Yair Hernandez will celebrate his 21st birthday on Thursday, but has reason to celebrate early after being recognized by the Premier Development League for the second day in a row. The 20-year-old Mexican’s portfolio on the pitch with the Mid-South Division second-place finisher is ever-growing, most recently with his earning of a spot on the All-Premier Development League team, the league announced on Tuesday.

On Monday, Hernandez was named to the All-Southern Conference team.

Hernandez was officially honored as a defender for both recognitions, but that was more formality than fact. He played every outfield position for the Heat through their Mid-South campaign, as well as their historic run into the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Hernandez featured in all 14 of the Heat’s PDL regular season games, three Open Cup matches and the Southern Conference semifinal that ended Laredo’s season. The Heat fell to eventual conference champion Ocala Stampede, 5-3, in a penalty kick shootout on July 26 in Austin.

Hernandez played a team-high 1,203 minutes. He scored three goals on 11 shots and dealt an assist in PDL play. He captained five matches for the Heat, including the one postseason match against Ocala.

His three goals cemented him as the team’s third-highest scorer – tying with pure strikers Felix Garcia and Esteban Bayona, who both played 10 matches.

The Heat finished their 10th season in the PDL with a 7-4-3 record (24 points), qualifying for a 10th consecutive postseason – a PDL record.

The finalists for Coach of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player will be announced on July 30, with the awards presented at the PDL Championship Awards Banquet.

 

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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