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Laredo Heat 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Opponent Announced

Laredo Heat 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Opponent Announced

Matchups for Play-In, First and Second Rounds Determined

Laredo, TX (Thursday, April 9, 2015) – The United States Soccer Federation has announced the pairings for the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play-in, first and second round matches.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, recognized as the U.S. Soccer’s National Club Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The tournament has crowned a champion for 101 consecutive years dating from 1914. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt.

The Laredo Heat, representing the Premier Development League, will be hosting the NTX Rayados from the DFW Metroplex on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex, kick-off is scheduled for 8:00 P.M. The NTX Rayados will be representing the United States Adult Soccer Association.

This will be the first match-up between the clubs, both with rich histories in their respective leagues, in any type of competition.

During last year’s Open Cup Second Round, the NTX Rayados knocked off then PDL side Austin Aztex in penalty kicks to continue their run before losing 4 – 2 to the San Antonio Scorpions in the Third Round.

“This is an exciting draw for us and a great way to start the 2015 season, hosting the NTX Rayados early in the season, actually as our first competitive game of 2015, will give Coach Dany Galvan, his staff and our players a real opportunity to see where they stand as a team for the upcoming season”, mentioned Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.

“As far as the game is concerned, I can promise our loyal fan base and those fans interested in soccer in general that both of the teams will come out to play hard in order to advance into the second round, this is a given and from past experience, there will be no regrets left out on the pitch”.

Vela concluded, “After our Open Cup run last year, playing into the 4th Round versus the MLS’ Houston Dynamo in their beautiful BBVA Compass Stadium, a few of our returning players and staff will need to teach and inform their new teammates that this tournament is not easy with its one and done format and as much as we want to advance, the NTX Rayados have that same desire to continue, coming ready to play is really the only option we have come May 13th”.

The winner between the NTX Rayados and the Laredo Heat opening round match will advance to the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup to play a familiar foe in the USL’s Austin Aztex on Wednesday, May 20th at House Park in Austin, TX.

The 91 teams competing in the 102nd edition of the tournament mark the largest field in the modern era (1995-present) and the fourth consecutive year that has seen a participation record set. This year also marks the fourth consecutive competition in which all U.S.-based Division I, Division II and Division III professional teams will participate in the tournament proper.

The Seattle Sounders FC are the defending U.S. Open Cup champion, having won a fourth tournament title after a 3 – 1 overtime, road victory against the Philadelphia Union on September 16, 2014.

Premier Development League (19 places, entering in the First Round): Division Winners: Des Moines Menace, FC Tucson, Jersey Express, Kitsap Pumas, Michigan Bucks, Ocala Stampede, Seacoast United Phantoms, Ventura County Fusion, West Virginia Chaos; At-Large Berths: AC Connecticut, Burlingame Dragons, BYU Cougars, Golden State Misioneros, Laredo Heat, Long Island Rough Riders, Midland/Odessa Sockers, Reading United, SW Florida Adrenaline, Western Mass Pioneers. The PDL is a national amateur league affiliated with the USASA. Two PDL sides advanced to the fourth round in 2014 (Orlando City U23s and Laredo Heat, which had the only amateur victory over a Division II club when they came from behind on the road to knock off the Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3-2 with a penalty kick in the last act of regulation time). Source U.S. Soccer

Heat Ticket Pricing for U.S. Open Cup Match & Regular Season

As in previous years and to keep our games as family friendly and affordable, the Laredo Heat are proud to announce that they will continue to offer General Admission Pricing of $5 for adults and $1 for all kids 12 and under. VIP Seating will also be available for $20 for both adults and children.

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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