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Heat Near One Month of Pre-Season Training, Start of 2015 Season Starts in Two Weeks

Heat Near One Month of Pre-Season Training, Start of 2015 Season Starts in Two Weeks

Roster Spots Being Filled, Fans Will See New Faces for Upcoming Campaign

Heat Near One Month of Pre-Season Training, Start of 2015 Season Starts in Two Weeks

Roster Spots Being Filled, Fans Will See New Faces for Upcoming Campaign

Laredo, TX (Tuesday, April 28, 2015) – With the start of the 2015 Premier Development League Season just two weeks away, the Laredo Heat Soccer Club is about to complete a month of pre-season training that has included several scrimmages and has seen roster spots earned and players released in the search for the 26 players needed to complete the master roster.


For new Head Coach Dany Galvan and his coaching staff, the process of filling out a roster has been a little more challenging than previous years since mainstays such as Juan de Dios Ibarra, Greg Mulamba, Carlos Ordaz, Esteban Bayona, Felix Garcia and Emmanuel “Bebo” Frias, to name a few former players, have moved on in the ranks or have retired from playing soccer to take on new challenges in their lives, such as Ibarra, who just completed a very successful first year as the Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at Laredo Community College.


Several players signed for the 2015 Season by Coach Galvan include returners Salvador “Chava” Luna, 2014 PDL Under 20 Player of Year Yair Hernandez (Laredo Community College) and Goalkeeper Jorge Ortega. Joining Luna, Hernandez and Ortega is former Austin Aztex standout Jesus “Chuy” Cortes, whom Coach Galvan is hopeful to exploit his speed and shot accuracy at the goal.


“With so many new faces at the start of camp in late March, I mentioned to several people that it felt like our inaugural 2004 season again because we needed to fill so many roster spots and fortunately our tryouts in early March gave us some very quality players to look at and offer opportunities for the coming season”, said Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.


“With no offense to our previous players, who as we all know gave us many years of quality service and wonderful memories on the pitch, our fans will notice that many of the players signed for 2015 are younger and eager to perform, just like our former players did when they first arrived in Laredo several years back”.


“Coach Galvan has been very diligent since taking over the top job earlier this year in his recruitment of players with experience that he knows are needed in the PDL and players that are up and coming that fill role positions at the beginning of the season and then possibly get more playing time or maybe even take over starting positions, basically, all position players will be challenged for playing time with the talent recruited for 2015”, concluded Vela.


The pre-season has given Coach Galvan and his staff time to prepare the players in camp physically and has also provided them the opportunity to see the players in game situations versus Texas A&M International University (3-2 win), St. Edward’s University (2-0 loss) and Laredo Community College (3-2 loss).


The Heat will continue with pre-season training and scrimmages for the next two weeks with a match in San Antonio this coming Saturday, May 2nd versus the San Antonio Corinthians of the National Premier Soccer League and a game on Friday, May 8th versus the All-Air Force Men’s Soccer Team in Laredo at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex. 


The match versus the All-Air Force Men’s Soccer Team will kick-off at 7:30PM and since it will be handled as a pre-season scrimmage, there will be no admission charge. This game will serve as the last preparation game for Laredo before their First Round U.S. Open Cup Match to open the 2015 Season and it will also serve the All-Air Force Men’s Soccer Team as they prepare for the U.S. Armed Forces Tournament the week of May 13th in San Diego, CA where they will take on the best soccer players in the Army, Navy and Air Force.


The All-Air Force Men’s Soccer Team is currently training in San Antonio.


Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup First Round Match


The Heat will open their 2015 Season with the First Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as they will host the North Texas (NTX) Rayados from the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2015 with the kick-off set for 8:00 PM at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex. The winner of this match will advance to the Second Round of the U.S. Open Cup and will travel to Austin to take on the USL’s Austin Aztex on Wednesday, May 20th.


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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