On Friday, July 28, 2023, the American Soccer League (ASL) announced and welcomed the Laredo Heat Soccer Club as a new member in their league, the ASL is based in Los Angeles, California.
To clarify, yes, our club will be a member of the ASL and will participate in the newly established South Texas Division which will consist of five teams, one from Edinburgh, TX, one from McAllen, TX, one from Rio Grande City, TX and one from Roma, TX.
Our club will be playing in the South Texas Divison with our oldest youth team, the Laredo Heat SC Under 20’s which consist of local players between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.
The Laredo Heat Soccer Club will still be a member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) with our senior team, that aspect of our club structure will not change.
Our Under 20’s are currently playing in the United Soccer Leagues Academy (USLA) Under 20 divison and the team will fulfill this commitment until the end of that play season and in years to come.
The USLA division that our Under 20’s play in consist of teams from San Antonio (San Antonio FC), the Rio Grande Valley (RGV Toros FC), Round Rock and two teams from the Houston area.
“The idea to join the ASL is part of our commitment to the youth of Laredo and their development of their soccer future” said Heat U20 Head Coach Fabian Arciga.
“I am of the opinion, as well as the club that the more the kids play in actual games the better their development will be, to practice is one thing but our philosophy is to have players on the field that can think on their own and make decisions based on skill that only game play can bring”.
Arciga concluded, “like I always tell our parents and players, practice is like going to class, games are your test at the end of the week and that is how we can measure your performance and most importantly your ability and development progress”.