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Laredo Heat 2015 Regular Season Schedule Announced Today

Laredo Heat 2015 Regular Season Schedule Announced Today

Heat Enter 11th Season as Laredo’s Soccer Club

Laredo, TX - The PDL, the preeminent developmental league for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, will kick off its 26th season on Saturday, May 2 as 64 teams will compete in 441 games for the opportunity to be crowned champion. With 58 of the league’s alumni selected in the recent MLS SuperDraft, the top players from throughout the U.S. and Canada will once again flock to the PDL in the coming months in the hopes of improving their professional aspirations.

Ten PDL clubs will once again be operated by or affiliated with MLS and USL PRO organizations, including longtime PDL powers the Chicago Fire U-23, the Portland Timbers U-23s, and Seattle Sounders FC U23.

PDL clubs will play 12- or 14-game schedules in 2015, half home and half away. New teams joining for the 2015 season include Burlingame Dragons FC, Calgary Foothills FC, the Charlotte Eagles, the Dayton Dutch Lions, the FC Miami City Champions, the Lehigh Valley United Sonic, New York, Palm Beach Suns F.C., and TFC Academy.

The league features 64 teams in four geographic conferences and 10 divisions, as the Eastern and Western conferences contain three divisions while the Southern and Central conferences have two divisions each.

FC Miami City will kick the season off as it makes its debut in a Southeast Division showdown against local South Florida rival Floridians FC at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 2, while the OC Pateadores Blues will play host to the Ventura County Fusion and Golden State Misioneros FC will travel to face the Fresno Fuego in opening-day Western Conference action.

The season gets into full swing in its second weekend with 10 matches on the schedule, including the debut of Palm Beach Suns FC (at Floridians FC on Saturday, May 9). The 2014 PDL Champion Michigan Bucks open their title defense on Saturday, May 16, when they welcome newcomer TFC Academy to Ultimate Soccer Arenas.

For the hometown Laredo Heat, they will once again open their regular season versus the Houston Dutch Lions on Saturday, May 16th at The Woodlands, TX, just north of Houston.

The Heat will open at home the following weekend when they host the Mississippi Brilla on Saturday, May 23rd and again on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th. All Heat home games will kick-off at 8:00 P.M. and Texas A&M International University will once again serve as the home for Laredo’s PDL Franchise.

While the start of the 2015 PDL Season will give plenty of time for the players and coaching staff to bond while travelling, seven of first nine games will be on the road for Laredo, the Heat will have a favorable closing to their season as the final five divisional games will be played at home.

The Heat will have a non-league game on either Wednesday, May 13th (First Round) or Wednesday, May 20th (Second Round) as they will be participating in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Tournament. The location and time for this match will be announced once teams from around the country qualify for the open allocations offered by U.S. Soccer.


Laredo Heat Soccer Club 2015 Regular Season Schedule

(Home Games in BOLD, Away Games are in ITALICS)

Saturday, May 16 (Away Game # 1): Houston Dutch Lions (The Woodlands, TX)

Saturday, May 23 (Home Game # 1):  Mississippi Brilla (Laredo)

Monday, May 25 (Home Game # 2): Mississippi Brilla (Laredo) *** Memorial Day Game ***

Saturday, May 30 (Away Game # 2): at Midland / Odessa Sockers FC (Midland, TX)

Thursday, June 4 (Away Game # 3): at Mississippi Brilla (Jackson, MS)

Saturday, June 6 (Away Game # 4): at Mississippi Brilla (Jackson, MS)

Saturday, June 13 (Away Game # 5): at Houston Dutch Lions (The Woodlands, TX)

Thursday, June 18 (Away Game # 6): at Albuquerque Sol FC (Albuquerque, NM)

Saturday, June 20 (Away Game # 7): at Midland /Odessa Sockers FC (Midland, TX)

Thursday, June 25 (Home Game # 3): Albuquerque Sol FC (Laredo)

Saturday, June 27 (Home Game # 4): Houston Dutch Lions (Laredo)

Friday, July 10 (Home Game # 5): Midland / Odessa Sockers FC (Laredo)

Tuesday, July 14 (Home Game # 6): Houston Dutch Lions (Laredo)

Thursday, July 16 (Home Game # 7): Midland / Odessa Sockers FC (Laredo)

The PDL Conference Championship Playoffs are scheduled for July 24th through July 26th and the PDL Championship Weekend is scheduled for July 31st to August 2nd.

USL PDL Notes for 2015

YouTube Live will once again serve as the official video platform for the PDL in 2015. Live games from throughout the league as well as team highlights and weekly league videos will provide fans a front-row seat during the season.

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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