Lane United FC is extremely pleased to announce that it has arrived at a three-year partnership deal with the Eugene-based Oakshire Brewing. Oakshire will be the Reds' exclusive match jersey sponsor and their Public House will serve as a venue for Lane United’s community events, according to the club’s managing director Dave Galas.
Galas and Oakshire founder Jeff Althouse began working on the deal in January when the soccer club began its push for sponsors for the upcoming year. "Oakshire was immediately excited about supporting Lane United, and we were excited about working with them," said Galas. "We're thrilled to be partnering with Oakshire to make the experience for our fans a richer one, but also in working to broaden the exposure of soccer in general in the community.”
“Oakshire is excited to help build exposure for Lane United Football Club - we feel this team will be very positive for our local community, and for the soccer community in Oregon,” added Althouse.
Both Galas and Althouse have said that plans are in the works for World Cup viewing parties at the brewery's public house during the month-long tournament in June and July. The building, which re-opened in May 2013 in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, boasts an open pub feel with a small outdoor patio, well-suited for such events, said Althouse.
Lane United FC operates a semi-professional soccer franchise in the United Soccer Leagues’ (USL) Premier Development League (PDL). They will begin their season in May, competing against other teams in the PDL’s Northwest Division. Home games will be at the Willamalane Center on 32nd Street in Springfield. The club was founded in 2013 and is headed by an ownership group that includes longtime Eugene Emeralds owner Dave Elmore.
Oakshire was founded in October 2006 and is now a 15-barrel production company.