The Laredo Heat SC is launching a women's team as it joins the WPSL this summer with a U21 squad.
The Laredo Heat SC is expanding its summer offerings this year as it launches its first women’s team joining the Women’s Premier Soccer League with a U21 club.
“I have always wanted to start a women’s program,” Laredo Heat SC Vice President and co-owner Priya Vaswani said. “From the moment one of our girls went to play at a Division I school, I have been eager to expand the girls program. The local female student-athletes deserve an opportunity with a team like this, and I am overjoyed to be able to start one now.”
The WPSL is the top amateur league for women’s soccer in the United States and is just below the National Women’s Soccer League in the soccer pyramid. The WPSL launched a second division with WPSL U21 in 2021.
The roster will be composed primarily of local student-athletes including some players from the Texas A&M International University women’s soccer team. As a U21 league, the majority of players must be under 21 years old, but teams can also include a limited number of older players.
“It has always been a dream of ours to add a women’s team, and everything aligned this year to make that dream a reality,” Laredo Heat SC President Shashi Vaswani said. “There is a tremendous amount of talented female soccer players in Laredo including some amazingly gifted athletes in our academy who compete alongside male athletes. It will be great adding another platform for local athletes to showcase their skills and continue advancing in their careers.”
In its inaugural season, the Laredo Heat women’s team will compete in six regular season games including three home matches. The debut game is May 14 as the Heat travel to take on Corinthians FC of San Antonio the same day Laredo’s National Premier Soccer League team opens its season against the Corinthians. The Heat are on the road the entire first half of the season as they also travel June 5 to face the Austin Roots FC and June 8 to take on the San Antonio Blossoms.
Laredo makes its home debut June 18 hosting the Houston Futsal Soccer FC at Laredo College. It returns to LC July 2 for a rematch against the Austin Roots FC. The Heat close out the regular season July 6 at the TAMIU Soccer Complex hosting the Corinthians to open a doubleheader which will be followed by the NPSL match.
Visit laredoheatsc.com and follow @laredoheatsc on social media to stay up to date on the latest news. Any youth players interested in joining the academy can visit laredoheatscyouth.com for more information. To see plans announced last week for construction of the Laredo Heat Soccer Complex, visit team.laredoheatsc.com/soccercomplex.