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Heat Name Former Player to Direct PDL Club in 2015

Heat Name Former Player to Direct PDL Club in 2015

Galvan Brings Experience to Develop Local Talent Pool


LAREDO, Texas – The Laredo Heat have announced the promotion of former standout player and assistant coach Daniel Galvan to head coach for the 2015 Premier Development League (PDL) season.

Galvan replaces Fernando Hernandez at the helm of the club and will be responsible for all recruitment, training and player development for the Heat.

Hernandez will remain with the team in 2015 and will serve as an assistant coach and advisor to Galvan.

“I have been dealing with Dany for many years now, both as a player and an assistant coach and after last season, I felt we needed to shake things up a little at the top and I felt that Dany developed well as an assistant coach and would be ready for this challenge,” said Heat Owner and President Shashi Vaswani. “Dany understands my expectations for the club, both on and off the field and after several conversations before the season ended in 2014, he let me know I could count on him to lead the team.”

Outside from being the PDL’s Heat new head coach, Galvan is also one of the Laredo Heat’s Youth Soccer Club and Academy coaches, directing all age groups from Under-6 to Under-12, a position he has held for more than six years.

“As we enter our 11th season in the PDL, we want to continue with our streak of not missing the playoffs since entering the league and we want to go beyond the conference finals and back to the league finals and with Dany at the helm, I feel comfortable that he is up to the challenge,” Vaswani said.

Galvan began playing with the Heat in 2006 after an extensive career in Mexico with the well-known Rayados de Monterrey. Galvan gained valuable experience at the top level for the club prior to coming to the U.S. to play.

“I’m confident beyond any doubt that I am ready to perform as the head coach of the Laredo Heat,” Galvan said. “I know how the PDL works because of the many years that I have been involved with Laredo and this aspect is very important to be successful.

“Since I have been involved with the Laredo Heat both as a player and a coach, I can honestly say that the talent level in the PDL is top notch and that the teams that participate in the PDL are as competitive as I have seen in my many years. Getting that talent down here to Laredo and incorporating it with our local players and become successful on the field will be a top priority for me.”

About the PDL

The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the PDL featured 64 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada in 2014, including 12 teams affiliated with USL PRO or Major League Soccer clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with 70 percent of all MLS draftees having PDL experience. 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.

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