Monthly Archives: April 2015


New Roster Additions: Will Seymour, Cristian Cataluña, and Cristian de Luis

April 28, 2015

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Lane United FC is introducing three more players to its roster: Will Seymore, who is a former Oregon State Beaver and a 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick, and two more Spaniards, Cristian Cataluña and Cristian de Luis. The latter two are the fifth and sixth players, respectively, to join Lane United from the USA Tryouts in Valencia, Spain in March — the first four having been introduced in an announcement last week.

Seymore, who was born in Colorado but raised mostly in England, finished his senior season at Oregon State in 2014, starting in 20 of their 21 matches and being named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team at the end of the season. In all, Seymore started 53 games for the Beavers over his four years in Corvallis. In January, he was chosen with the 14th pick of the third round of the MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas.

The two Spaniards were hand-picked by Lane United directors John and Dave Galas at the USA Tryouts, hosted by the Global Sportainment Group, in Valencia, Spain in March, although their paperwork with the U.S. Soccer Federation did not clear until recently. Cristian Cataluña, an attacking midfielder, most recently played for Massanassa CF, a club in the Valencian regional league in Spain. He was teammates there with the other signing, Cristian de Luis, a 6’1″, skillful center-half who will provide the Reds with significant size and experience in the back line. Both players will arrive in Eugene in early May and spend the season living with homestay families in the area.

Lane United head coach and sporting director John Galas praised the contingent of Spanish players last week, saying, “Each and every one of these players will come in and contribute right away. We had very specific needs position-wise as we went over to Spain, and those voids were filled. We’ve added quality in the defensive line, we’ve added numbers and loads of talent in our midfield, and we have complemented an already explosive and dynamic front line.”

He added today that the acquisition of the vastly experienced Seymore gave the Reds “a player who excelled at the collegiate level at Oregon State, and young man who established himself at the U23 level with the Portland Timbers.  He will provide us with great leadership and experience, which we need in our back line.”

Lane United’s season kicks off on Friday, May 8 with a home match at 7:00 pm against South Sound FC, a team from Tacoma, Washington. The league opener is away to the Portland Timbers U-23s at Providence Park on May 14 — fans wishing to attend can buy tickets from the Red Aces. The home league opener is against last year’s national PDL runners-up Kitsap Pumas on May 16.

Four Spanish Newcomers Announced

April 23, 2015

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Lane United FC today is welcoming four new Spanish players to the team: Cristian Couto, Richy Hurtado, Ismael (Isma) Fernández and Alex Pantoja. All four were chosen for the team by Lane United FC directors John and Dave Galas at the USA Tryouts that were held in Valencia, Spain in mid-March of this year, but the players had to wait until recently to see their paperwork cleared with the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Another Spaniard, Josep Baldoví, well-known to Lane United fans from 2014, will be playing for the Reds in 2015 and recently received approval from the USSF as well. And three more Spanish players are waiting to be cleared; they will be announced on this blog as soon as that happens.

There is one defender among the new crop — Cristian Couto — while the other three newcomers plus Baldo are all midfielders. All the players have recently been plying their trade with regional or terçera (third) division clubs in Spain: Hurtado with UE Calonge in his native Catalonia; Pantoja and Fernández with Mirandés B and Gandía, respectively, near Valencia; and Couto with Móstoles CF outside Madrid.

The Spanish players will live with homestay families in the area for the duration of the season following their arrival in Eugene in the beginning of May.

“We had very specific needs position-wise as we went over to Spain, and those voids were filled. We’ve added quality in the defensive line, we’ve added numbers and loads of talent in our midfield, and we have complemented an already explosive and dynamic front line.”

— LUFC head coach John Galas

Lane United FC sporting director and head coach John Galas was effusive in his praise of the Spaniards, each of whom he personally observed in Valencia in March. “I am excited to welcome these young men to the club in early May,” he said. “I think the fans will welcome them with open arms, and they will quickly learn that these players have a tremendous amount of talent. We had a clear objective when we went over to scout these players in March. We wanted players with great character, players with a solid playing background, and most importantly we wanted players that were excited to come play for Lane United FC. All of these young men tick all those boxes.”

“Through our relationship with GSG, and SoccerMedia, we found exactly what we were looking for. Each and every one of these players will come in and contribute right away. We had very specific needs position-wise as we went over to Spain, and those voids were filled. We’ve added quality in the defensive line, we’ve added numbers and loads of talent in our midfield, and we have complemented an already explosive and dynamic front line. Not only do these young men bring great experience to this team, there presence will allow us to have a much more balanced team as well as the ability to rest players when needed. The Premier Development League is a short, yet very intense season, so it is imperative to have quality in your starting XI, as well as your seven subs game in and game out. We have created a roster of quality and depth, and this will no doubt create competition in every training session.”

The 2015 Lane United FC season kicks off May 8 with a home match at the Willamalane Center in Springfield against South Sound FC, an EPLWA team from Tacoma, Washington. The league opener is on May 14 away to the Portland Timbers U-23s, and the home league opener is May 16 against the defending national PDL runners-up Kitsap Pumas.