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Heat Announce Signing of Local Player to 2019 NPSL Roster

By Edith Ortiz, 03/21/19, 6:15PM CDT


Goalkeeper Plays College Soccer in San Antonio

Laredo, TX (Thursday, March 21, 2019) – The Laredo Heat Soccer Club announced today the signing of goalkeeper Jose Carlos Mercado to its 2019 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) player roster.

The 6’4” Mercado, 19 years of age, is a local product that currently plays collegiately (D-I) in San Antonio at The University of the Incarnate Word, a member of the Southland Conference.

Mercado has an extensive playing career since leaving Laredo to Pachuca at a young age and attended high school in Frisco, TX while he played for the FC Dallas USSF Developmental Academy (DA) U15/U16 and U17/U18 teams. Mercado also played in the prestigious Dallas Cup in 2015, 2016 and 2017 while a member of the FC Dallas USSF DA.

In addition, Mercado was also called up to participate with the United States and Mexican U16 National Teams in 2015 and in 2016 he was called up to play with the Mexican U18 National Team plus he was recruited by the Chivas and Tigres Under 20 Men’s Teams in Mexico.

In the summer of 2018, after his freshman year at the University of the Incarnate Word, Mercado spend his summer playing with the Des Moines Menace of the USL League Two.

“It gives a great pleasure to give a young man from Laredo a platform to showcase his skills and hopefully use us to catapult his career to the next level”, said Heat Owner, Shashi Vaswani.

“With the addition of Mercado to the roster, I feel that we will have some serious competition for playing time between the pipes and the result will be will be a positive one for the team as our goalkeeping corps will be one of the best in the NPSL”, concluded Vaswani.

U.S. Open Cup News

U.S. Soccer will be announcing the Laredo Heat’s Opening Round opponent along with the location of the 1stRound Match on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Stay tuned for that news. The opening round game with be played either on Tuesday, May 7th or Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Regular Season News

Laredo will open up the NPSL Regular Season on Saturday, May 18, 2019 versus the Tyler FC Kings at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex. Kick-off will be at 8:00 P.M. for all regular season games.

About the NPSL

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the successor to the Men's Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002. The league started in the West Region with teams from the Northern California area. In 2005, the league expanded to a national format with the introduction of a Midwest region. The NPSL expanded further in 2007 by adding a Northeast region. In 2011, with the addition of a Southeast region, the National Premier Soccer League has truly become a nationwide league. In 2014, NPSL became the largest national soccer league in the US Soccer development pyramid with over 80 teams all over the country. Over 30 expansion teams joined the NPSL for the 2014 season, and the league is nearing the entrance of its 100th team.

The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the governing body of soccer in the United States. The NPSL operates and is managed as a team-run league. The structure of the league allows each team to have one vote. Each team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards. New teams seeking membership into the NPSL are subject to approval by existing team owners.


NPSL PhilosophyWe compete for 90 minutes on the field, we are business partners...always. We all work together to grow the game, build the NPSL, and develop our respective clubs.


NPSL MissionTo grow the sport of soccer in the United States of America -- by providing our members with a sustainable business model and professionally managed soccer platform, and by serving as an inspiration to players and soccer fans in our members' communities.


NPSL VisionTo be the foundation of the U.S. Soccer development pyramid with over 100 profitable teams in 100 communities; in turn, doing our part to help the United States become a soccer nation and win a World Cup.

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