The City of Laredo will soon have another professional sporting option as indoor soccer is headed to the Gateway City. The Laredo Rattlesnakes management announced earlier today they have obtained a team in the Professional Arena Soccer League to begin playing this November. The game is played six-on-six in a field the size of a hockey arena, with penalties and power plays much like the sport played on ice. The PASL has a 16 game schedule with eight home and eight away games.
One of the goals of the new franchise is to keep much of the local soccer talent in town. "I personally would like to see a number of local soccer players. I believe we have enough talent here to put a very competitive team on the field. It's going to happen. I can guarantee you that a number of the players will be local." (Lewis Wagner, General Manager of new Franchise)
The management has announced a "Name the Team" contest that will be held on their facebook page by searching, "Laredo Indoor Soccer." There you can give suggestions for names, mascots and team colors.
Meanwhile from the arena's perspective, they think this new team could really thrive due to past success with exhibition games. "We have had ... ... and probably do it better." (Xavier Villalon, LEA General Manager)
Villalon says this team will not interfere with any other teams that play in the arena. He added they hope to have the details on a possible junior hockey team in the near future.