Monthly Archives: December 2014


Lane United FC Wins PDL Rookie Franchise of the Year Award

December 16, 2014

Lane United FC were named the Premier Development League’s Rookie Franchise of the Year for 2014 in an awards ceremony in Clearwater Beach, Florida this past weekend.

The Eugene-based soccer club, which was founded in 2013 and played its first season in the Northwest Division of the nationwide PDL in the summer of 2014, received the award at the governing United Soccer League’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday.

Lane United were one of four franchises, out of seven first-year franchises total in the 64-team league, that were nominated for the award. A PDL spokesman said that the award “is given to the first-year team that exemplifies the league’s standards on and off the field,” and that the decision was made by consensus of league officials.

“It was our honor to identify Lane United FC as the 2014 Rookie Franchise of the Year,” said the PDL senior director, Todd Eason. “Lane United has been one of the most efficient clubs that the PDL has had the privilege to work with.  The club’s attention to detail was the one factor that separated it from the other candidates, and I look forward to seeing the club continue to be one of the best operating and functioning clubs in the PDL.”

Lane United directors Dave and John Galas were on hand to receive the award in Florida. “We thank the USL PDL for recognizing our hard work this past year and honoring us with the Rookie Franchise of the Year award,” John Galas said. “In addition, we thank our partners, notably our title sponsor Oakshire Brewery. Without the support of our partners and our supporters group, the Red Aces, our players, backroom staff, and all our fans, this club would not be in the position it is in today. Finally, Lane United FC owes a huge amount of gratitude to our ownership group, in particular Dave Elmore and Joe Hawes. Without their continued trust and vision, none of this would have been possible.”

Lane United FC begin their 2015 season in May. Home matches are at the Willamalane Center in Springfield. For more information about the club, visit laneunitedfc.com.

Eugene’s Daley Stevens Aims to be First of Many LUFC Ambassadors to Spain

December 3, 2014

Lane United FC fullback and Eugene native Daley Stevens has traveled to Spain to train with third-division Atlético Saguntino, head coach and sporting director John Galas said this week. Stevens, who starred at South Eugene High School and player-coached on the University of Oregon’s men’s club soccer team before playing in Lane United’s inaugural season in 2014, left for Valencia on November 21.

According to Galas, Stevens immediately began training and playing with Tavernes Blanques CF, a club in Spain’s Valencian regional division, on the invitation of Lane United teammate and native Valencian Alex “Pipo” Peralt. He showed progress there and soon moved up to nearby Atlético Saguntino to pursue a more advanced opportunity. Atlético play in the next-highest league, Spain’s tercera división.

The Spanish soccer season lines up neatly with Lane United’s, ending in May just as Lane United will begin their 2015 campaign. Galas said he was “thrilled” at the thought of Stevens spending significant time playing at a high level in Spain during the American off-season, saying that “it can only help Daley continue to develop as a player. We believe he’ll come back a more polished player for Lane United in 2015, as he already showed great progress with us this past season.”

Galas was pleased not only by the potential for Stevens’ individual progress, but by the solidification of Lane United FC’s ties with clubs across the Atlantic. “Daley is the first instance of something that we’ve always had as a long-term strategy, which is to get some of our guys playing experience over in Spain,” Galas continued. “Our partners in Valencia started the tryouts last year that ended up with Pipo (Alex Peralt), Baldo (Josep Baldoví) and Eleazar Ocaña coming to play with LUFC in 2014. Obviously that was great for the team in an immediate sense, but in the long term it allows us to build the connections that allow a guy like Daley to make the most of his time, improving his play and seeing the world over in Spain.”

Atlético Saguntino play in Sagunt, a port city 30 kilometers to the north of central Valencia on Spain’s Mediterranean coastline. The club currently sit only eight points out of first place in their region of the tercera división. You can keep abreast of Daley’s progress in Spain here at the Lane United FC blog in the coming months.