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Heat Announce Roster Changes After Rough Start to 2019 Season

By Heat, 06/20/19, 4:45PM CDT


Laredo, TX (Thursday, June 20, 2019) – The Laredo Heat Soccer Club finds itself in a very precarious position after a very successful undefeated 2018 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Regular Season.

The Gateway City team currently sits in fourth place of the NPSL’s Lone Star Conference with a record of 3 – 3- 1, 10 points and ranked 44th in the national rankings, a far cry from dominating the league just a year ago and being ranked as the # 1 team for most of the season.

The Heat open up a three-game homestand with a match this Friday, June 21, 2019 as Dallas City FC visits the Gateway City for their first ever visit to Laredo.

Gates open at 6:30 P.M. and kick-off is set for 8:00 P.M. at the Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex.

With the current state of affairs within the club, Head Coach Aidan Davison has revamped his roster and has added a total of seven players and in the process has eliminated individuals that were injured and not playing up to standards that are required within the competitive Lone Star Conference.

The new players are Andres Aguirre (Defense) from California State University, San Bernardino, Edgar Alaniz (Midfield) from the University of Memphis (TN), Ryan Birchfield (Midfield) from Lipscomb University (TN), Steven Carias (Defense) from the American International College (MA), Michael Cole (Forward) from Fort Hays State University (KS), Fernando Flores (Midfield) from Lubbock Christian University and Rory McCullough (Forward) from Southwestern University (pending USSF Approval).

“Unfortunately, the NPSL season is a short one and, in our conference, only the top four teams advance into the post-season so the slow start through seven games was not a good thing for us”, said Heat General Manager J.J. Vela.

“With the addition of these new players, new blood, Coach Davison is hoping to spark the team into playing in a more cohesive manner, many of these players will be seeing significant playing time and with only five regular season games remaining, three at home and two on the road, it’s time to finish strong and just get into the playoffs and make noise there”.

Vela concluded, “It should be an interesting finish between now and our last two games which happen to be on the road versus conference leader Midland-Odessa and newcomer Dallas City FC, both quality opponents who are also vying for the playoffs and most importantly, for Midland-Odessa, home field advantage for the opening round of the conference championship”.

Sports Physicals Sponsored by the Laredo Medical Center and Laredo Care Clinic

On Friday, June 21st, as Laredo takes on Dallas City FC at Texas A&M International University, the Laredo Medical Center, proud sponsor of the Heat, will be giving away free sports physicals with the purchase of a General Admission Ticket, which has a cost of only $5.00 USD. This is a very affordable way for parents and local athletes, band members and cheerleaders to get a head start on the upcoming school year and to avoid the rush as Fall practices start.

Heat Ticket Pricing for Regular Season

The Laredo Heat Soccer Club will continue with its mission of keeping our games family friendly and affordable as they will once again offer General Admission Pricing of $5 for adults and kids 12 and Under will be admitted free. VIP Seating will also be available for $25 for both adults and children.

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 Philosophy: We 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 Mission: To 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 Vision: To 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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