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Match Report: Lane United FC @ Portland Timbers U-23s

May 25, 2016
Eugene native Daley Stevens headed in a stoppage-time equalizer to secure Lane United FC a point in an outrageously action-packed 3-3 draw against the Portland Timbers U-23s at Providence Park on Tuesday. Earlier in the game, former Reds Timothy Mueller and Jordan Jones bagged the goals for Portland, with Mueller’s first-half brace ensuring that Lane United would not endure a third consecutive scoreless draw even as it raised fears that the Reds might be on the receiving end of a shellacking. Two quick goals to start the second half, from Isma Fernandez and Vicente Mora, brought the contest level. Lane United then spent the final half-hour down 3-2 before Stevens rose at the back post to nod in a Matt Coffey cross and ensure that the Reds would not return home empty-handed after their cohesive performance in front of thousands of fans in one of the country’s footballing fortresses.

 

The match opened with end-to-end action that scarcely let up for the duration of the 90 minutes. After five minutes, Akeem Ward was denied his first Lane United goal by a strong diving save from Portland’s Nils Leifhelm, and less than a minute later at the other end Luis Barazza, making his first start in goal for Lane United, had to throw his legs in front of a close-range volley from Mueller to make an equally impressive reaction stop. Mueller couldn’t be denied for his next chance, though, when a Timbers break led to him being slotted down the left channel; he sidefooted comfortably to the back post for a 1-0, 12th-minute lead—Lane United’s first goal conceded after 282 minutes of the new season. Mueller then created, almost entirely by himself, a brilliant chance to add to his tally a few minutes later by outleaping everyone to meet a floating cross and power it on goal, but Barazza stretched and made a spectacular top-hand save to push the ball over the bar.

 

The teams exchanged shots, crosses, nearly-missed through balls and all other manner of attacking sorties for the next half-hour, but by the end of the half Portland had started to squeeze the game just slightly. They skirted the edge of the Lane United box for the final five minutes before halftime before the Reds made a hash of a clearance from a left-wing cross and the ball fell to Mueller 15 yards out. Rather than panic, he pushed the ball to his right to open up a shooting space and blasted in with his right foot with almost the last kick of the half. Lane United, already down for the first time all season, suddenly had a significantly more imposing task ahead of them returning from the break, but their turnaround was almost immediate. Only three minutes into the second half, the Reds’ persistence around the Portland penalty box was rewarded when a rebound from a Jose Carlos Terrón shot at the back post fell conveniently to Isma, who turned and passed it into the net for 2-1. The Reds continued to pour forward and boss the game until the 55th minute when Binder found himself in loads of space to drop in a cross from the right wing, which landed on the head of Mora—unforgivably, from a Portland perspective, left unmarked eight yards from goal—to tuck away with a calm headed finish.

 

It seemed Lane United’s fightback was complete and that the match would restart from square one at 2-2, but the Reds immediately conceded for a third time to Jordan Jones, who was played into the penalty box on the ground and got off a low finish through the legs of a recovering, slide-tackling Jonathan Stadler. Stadler, as has been his wont all season, was rarely in the wrong place on the day, disrupting or denying entry passes to Mueller for as long as he was on the pitch, but Portland had exploited an awkward gap in the center of defense for the third goal. But Lane United almost immediately began to create chances for the equalizer, first when Ward, who was also excellent all game, nearly capitalized on a miscommunication between the Portland back line and goalkeeper and tried to chip into a vacated net from 30 yards. Then came the Reds’ best chance until the equalizer, when superb combination play released Isma down the right wing and he crossed to Terrón crashing in unnoticed at the back post. One of the Timbers’ recovering center-backs, though, got just the faintest touch on the ball to redirect it into Terrón’s midsection and the ball actually bounced away off of him, with the open goal beckoning from inside the six-yard box.

 

Lane United continued to chip away and in the 90th minute, the substitute Coffey spooned an awkward bouncing ball over the bar from close range amid the chaos caused by a long Casey ChubbFertal throw-in. In stoppage time, the Reds finally drew level with their hosts. Coffey and Stadler were up against only one fullback on the right wing, and the latter patiently worked the former into an unhurried, unchallenged crossing opportunity. His looping delivery was expertly dropped at the back post where Stevens—like Mora earlier, shockingly unmarked at close range—directed an expert header down and in before the goalkeeper could get across. Deep into stoppage time, the Reds celebrated, but Stevens’ goal still wouldn’t be the last action of the game, as the Timbers’ Geoffrey Dee then strode forward after the kickoff and decided to let fly from over 30 yards. The hit was pure and Barazza looked beaten all ends up, and the crowd cheered as the ball rippled the net—the outside of the side netting. It was the last kick of the game.

 

“I think this is the type of game that will reassure us later on in the season when our backs are against the wall, that we can still create quality chances and claw our way back,” said Lane United FC head coach John Galas. “I told the guys at halftime that we couldn’t feel sorry for ourselves, that we’d gone 2-0 down to two mistakes—correctable mistakes as far as the rest of the season is concerned—and challenged them to get a goal within the first 15 minutes of the second half to make it a game again, and they did that. This felt like a win, not that we stole a point, because with the amount of chances we created we absolutely deserved something—but the mood in the locker room afterward was like a win. It was a brilliant collective effort. The starters got the comeback going and two subs, Coffey and Daley, finished it.”

 

The Reds remain unbeaten heading into a 10-day break, at the conclusion of which they face the Seattle Sounders U23 away in Washington on June 3.

Match Preview: Lane United FC @ Portland Timbers U-23s

May 23, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — Coming off a 0-0 draw against Victoria Highlanders FC, Lane United heads to  Portland to take on the Portland Timbers U-23s in their second away game of the season. Lane United defeated the Timbers U-23s inter first game of the 2016 season 1-0 at Tualatin Hills Athletic Center on May 7th. Since then, the Reds have tied Kitsap and Victoria in their last two home games and are eager for another win.

The Portland Timbers U-23s have struggled to begin the season, losing to Lane United in their first game and drawing with Victoria 1-1 on May 20th at Providence Park. Between those two matches, the Timbers U-23s had a U.S. Open Cup match against La Maquina, which they lost 0-2. The Timbers U-23s will have a roster with greater depth than the one which Lane United faced in their first game of the season as some players arrived after the season began. The Timbers’ roster also includes former Reds Timmy Mueller, Jordan Jones, and Devonte Small.

When asked about the  upcoming match, coach John Galas said, “Heading into our 4th match of the year I am really pleased with this group. We have strung together a few decent results and hope we can continue that. We’ve defended extremely well in our first three matches, however we haven’t capitalized on our chances yet. We know the Timbers will roll out a very different group than the first match. They have added quality in each position since the opening match and we fully expect them to be much better. They have so much quality in that group, we will have to stay disciplined defensively and take our chances to get all three points. It will be a tough test for us, as we play at 11am and on the road in front of 5,000 screaming kids. It should make for a great atmosphere and a great match.”

Tuesday’s game will include additional festivities as part of Providence Health and Fitness Day. Thousands of Oregon middle school students will be at Providence Park to attend the game and learn more about incorporating healthy habits into their daily routines.

Fans interested in supporting Lane United in their second away game can join the Red Aces away game bus. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes a ticket to the game, transportation to and from the game, and Oakshire beer. For more information, visit the Red Aces website.

 

 

Lane United FC vs. Portland Timbers U-23s

PROVIDENCE PARK, Portland, Ore.

May 24, 2016 (WEEK 4, PDL Game #4)

11 a.m. PT

The second away game of Lane United’s 2016 PDL season is a matchup against Portland Timbers U-23s. Lane United began their season with a win against the Timbers U-2s and will look for a second win on the road.

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (5 meetings): Lane United: 2 wins, 4 goals … Portland: 2 wins, 4 goals … 1 tie

AT PORTLAND (3 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 2 goals … Portland: 2 wins, 3 goals … 1 tie

This Year

Lane United 1 win, 1-0 (away)

Timbers 0 wins

Last Year 

Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)

Portland 1 win, 2-0 (home)

Match Report: Lane United FC vs Victoria Highlanders FC

May 22, 2016
Eight days on from the first scoreless draw in the club’s history, Lane United FC produced a second, this time against the Victoria Highlanders on a cool, gray evening in Springfield. Whereas last week’s contest against the reigning division champion Kitsap Pumas had an open feel despite the ultimate dearth of goals, tonight’s was a cagier affair, at least until the final ten minutes. Victoria, no doubt feeling the strain of their second game in 30 hours after their dramatic 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers U-23s on Friday afternoon, defaulted to a rigid defensive shape when not in possession. The Reds out-shot the Highlanders 10 to 6, none more notable than when Vicente Mora had what seemed like a certain goal spectacularly, barely saved by Brandon Watson in second-half stoppage time.

 

LUFC vs Victoria 5:21 1Lane United head coach John Galas said that his side “knew what we would get against Victoria in their position—two banks of four and numbers behind the ball—and we got what we expected. We just found it really difficult to break down and the sharpness in front of goal never materialized.” The opening exchanges of the match actually had gone against that pattern, with Victoria creating several opportunities in the first few minutes, only to find Ben Willis in the Lane United goal typically up to the task of denying them. He now has 270 consecutive minutes of clean-sheet time to his name to open the season, not an insignificant achievement. After only two minutes, Callum Montgomery, a defender, eked out a sidefooted shot in penalty-area traffic after a corner that Willis had to dive to save, and Blair Sturrock was given a chance to shoot from 25 yards a minute later, but fired straight at the Gonzaga man. Moreover, Victoria, for the first half at least, had the legs to run a high press that occasionally forced worrying giveaways out of the Lane United midfield; Lane United were on some occasions able to exploit that strategy with long diagonals to the wide channels. Isma Fernandez got several decent crosses in from the right wing and Jose Terron from the left, but nothing beyond the odd half-chance ever materialized from that progress.

 

LUFC vs Victoria 5:21 3As the game wore on and Highlander legs wore out, the match settled into a pattern with more consistent Lane United possession. The balance of chances remained about even throughout the second half, though, as Victoria tended to threaten Lane United on long balls and counter attacks and occasionally came close to scoring, like when Cam Stokes forced a diving save from Willis on a low 20-yard shot after 70 minutes. The 80-minute mark seemed to magically spur both teams to throw everything at the net, however, and the final ten minutes plus stoppage time produced a series of increasingly dramatic chances for both sides. First, at 81 minutes, Isma bounced a free kick a few inches wide of a concerned Watson’s right-hand post. On the other end a minute later, Victoria thought they had a penalty after Stadler bumped into the substitute Mitch Popadynetz; from the ensuing corner Victoria directed an awkward bouncing header on frame that Willis had to save. Soon afterward, Michael North was waltzing through the Lane United defense and taking a free shot from the edge of the penalty box, which Willis flew to his right to reach and push wide. Lane United then lay siege to the Victoria goal, with a few neat combinations around the penalty area that did not quite produce a final attempt on goal, and a chance for Isma to shoot from the top left corner of the box that could not quite find the top right corner of the net before Watson caught it.

 

Finally, with the goalmouth action reaching a crescendo, Lane United produced the best chance for either team all night, several minutes into stoppage time. A ball was hoisted into the box in the direction of the 6’4” Stefan Tomasevic, who comfortably won his header and nodded down for Vicente Mora to his left, about 10 yards out. Mora fired off a left-footed half-volley that Watson somehow got down and scraped enough of a fingertip to to make the ball trickle around the back post and out for a corner. Once that was cleared, the final whistle blew, and the Reds are now left to look forward to their second away tie of the season to the Portland Timbers U-23s, Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Providence Park.

Follow Along: LUFC vs Victoria Highlanders

May 21, 2016

Watch the live stream of our second home game against Victoria Highlanders FC!

 

Follow along with all of the action on Twitter!

 

Match Preview: Lane United Hosts Victoria Highlanders Saturday, May 21st

May 20, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — After starting the season with a win against Portland Timbers U-23s and a draw against defending PDL Northwest Division champs, Kitsap Pumas, Lane United prepares to host the newly-reinstated Victoria Highlanders FC. The game will take place Saturday, May 21st, at 7:00 pm at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation.

When asked about the match-up with Victoria, LUFC coach John Galas said “We have put two solid performances together to open the season, and we’re looking to add to our 180 minutes of shut-out soccer. This certainly will not be an easy task, as Victoria are one the best teams in our very competitive league. We’ve had a strong few days of training and hopefully we can come out with the right mindset and attitude and get the result.”

The Victoria Highlanders enter the 2016 PDL season after taking a one-year hiatus from the league. The club began the season with a 0-3 loss against the Kitsap Pumas on Saturday, May 7th, which was later reversed and credited to the Highlanders as a win as part of a disciplinary measure against Kitsap for fielding an ineligible player. Victoria finished play in Week 2 with a 2-0 loss to Calgary Foothills FC and entered Week 3 with a 1-1 draw against Portland Timbers U-23s on Friday.

“Victoria is coming off a tough match against Portland on the 20th, losing out on all three points in stoppage time” said Galas. “I’m sure they’ll feel they deserved better and we expect them to come out flying against us. They are extremely disciplined defensively, very organized and will cause us problems in the attack if we are patient. They have a true target man up top who will look to counter and is so dangerous in the air, we’ll need to manage that professionally in order to keep him off the score sheet.”

Fans can purchase tickets for the game at the gate or via Lane United’s tickets page. For those who can’t attend the game, there will be a live stream of the match on YouTube or they can follow @LUFCLiveTweets or @LUFCenespanol on Twitter for play-by-play analysis.

The second home game of the season will feature food options from Chachi’s Burritos and Lani Moku as well as craft brews from the Oakshire Beer Garden. Come down and enjoy these great treats and cheer on Lane United as they look to maintain their top-of-the-division status!

 

Lane United FC vs. Victoria Highlanders

WILLAMALANE CENTER FOR SPORTS AND RECREATION, Springfield, Ore.

May 21, 2016 (WEEK 3, PDL Game #3)

7 p.m. PT

The second home game of Lane United’s 2016 PDL season features a matchup against Victoria Highlanders FC. After taking leaving the PDL for one year, the Highlanders are back and looking to regain their once-dominant place in the league.

REFEREES: Center: Jason Perlewitz AR1: Benjamin Warren AR2: Aaron Scott 4th: Patrick Fisher

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Victoria: 2 wins, 9 goals

AT WILLAMALANE (1 meeting): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Victoria: 1 win, 7 goals

Last Year 

n/a

Match Report: LUFC vs Kitsap Pumas

May 14, 2016
Lane United FC earned their first points in five attempts against the Kitsap Pumas with a 0-0 draw last night in their home opener, but the Reds will walk away feeling that they might have even deserved a win against the reigning PDL Northwest Division champions for their efforts. Both teams had genuinely strong chances to score, with Kitsap coming closest when Hamza Haddadi hit the crossbar and Lane United forcing several point-blank saves out of Pumas goalkeeper Matt Grosey at key junctures. Reds head coach John Galas summed up his team’s sentiment by saying after the match that he’s “pleased with 180 minutes of clean-sheet ball, but the guys will be a little disappointed that they couldn’t grab a win from this game.”

 

LUFC:Kitsap 5:13 3The Reds picked up where they had left off following their season-opening win at Portland last Saturday by showing off some assured possession in midfield and solid defensive shape. The task would never be quite as easy against the generally larger and faster Kitsap squad, but the two teams were about even for the opening exchanges of the match. The first solid chance came ten minutes in, when Kitsap’s ChuySanchez—who has put a game-winner past Lane United before, in stoppage time of this fixture in 2014—curled a 20-yard shot just a few inches wide of Ben Willis’ left-hand post. A few minutes later, Ricky Lopez-Espin for Lane United decided to let fly from the top right corner of the box and forced asprawling save out of Grosey. Lane United seemed sure to score in the next passage of play a minute later, when Joel Rydstrand—metronomically dictating play from midfield alongside Binder for the second week in a row—snatched up an interception in Kitsap’s defensive third and was patient enough to slip in Vicente Mora overlapping to his left. The Spaniard raced into the box unmarked and had his first shot slapped back to his feet by Grosey; he elected to shoot again from a wider angle rather than square a cross back to Rydstrand, and Grosey threw himself in the way of that shot too.

 

The next incident was the first of several important refereeing decisions, when Jon Stadler, Lane United’s last player back, conceded possession under pressure to Haddadi and then seemed to haul him down at the top of the penalty box as he tried to shoot past an onrushing Willis. Referee Andrew Marihart, however, had a different view of the incident than most others, and decided that Haddadi had fouled Stadler in winning the ball off him. Kitsap were annoyed, but then had to feel lucky late in the second half, at the exact same point on the field, when Marihart did not award Lane United a penalty (and a sending-off for Kitsap’s Rene DeZorzi), for DeZorzi’s recovering tackle on Lopez-Espin after the big forward had rounded Grosey. DeZorzi did make contact with the ball, but it was fractional especially when compared with the contact he made with Lopez-Espin, who had to be substituted out due to injury after the play. Marihart managed to avoid doling out red cards in both incidents but never had another choice when Kitsap’s Cory Keitz flew studs-up and with excessive force into Daley Stevens in front of the Lane United bench in the 86th minute. By that point, though, the teams had mostly spent themselves and another chance did not materialize at either end for the remainder of the match, despite the imbalance in numbers

 

LUFC:Kitsap 5:13Both teams at times had potential scoring opportunities elude their grasp when poor individual touches were exacerbated by the unforgiving turf at the Willamalane Center. Haddadi, Ismael Fernandez and, most glaringly of all, Mike Ramos late in the second half after having been sent clear on goal—all watched in despair as the opposing keeper smothered runaway balls that could have been theirs to shoot. Lane United must be comforted by the fact that Willis, in the first 180 minutes of the season, has rarely had to stop a shot, his contributions mostly confined to intercepting through-
balls and crosses. Grosey did have several shots to stop tonight, including the most impressive of all after 80 minutes when he dove low and to his right to deny Lopez-Espin from 10 yards after he had won possession for himself deep in Kitsap territory. Aside from the controversial penalty decision, it was the last true chance for either team. A capacity crowd of 775 attended the match—Lane United’s first-ever goalless draw—but on the strength of the performance should have been persuaded to return for the rest of the season. The next match is at home to the Victoria Highlanders, who lost to Kitsap 3-0 on May 7th.

Match Preview: Lane United Hosts Kitsap Pumas in 2016 Home-Opener

May 12, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — Coming off a comprehensive road win against Portland Timbers U-23s to open the 2016 season, Lane United prepares to host the 2015 PDL Northwest Division Champion Kitsap Pumas. The Reds’ first home game of the season will take place Friday, May 13th, at 7:00 pm at the Willamlane Center for Sports and Recreation.

The Kitsap Pumas began the 2016 season with a 3-0 win over Victoria Highlanders on Saturday, May 7th. Kitsap’s 2016 roster includes former LUFC midfielder, Mikhail Doholis who played for Lane United in the club’s inaugural PDL season in 2014.

“Kitsap is always a tough opponent. We haven’t had much luck against them at all in our brief history. It is always a great measuring stick when you get to play a professional club. They have been in great form, having had a 2 month pre-season and roughly 8 or 9 games already, they’ll be fit and in great rhythm. We’ve talked to our guys all week about how they are the ‘Gold Standard’ of the league, and the margin for error in this match is so small. I’ve challenged our group to go out and play a perfect game and that is what it will take to knock off the defending league champions. They’ll be organized defensively, committed going forward, and will compete for 90 minutes. The boys seem up for the challenge and we are excited to play them and see how we stack up.”

The first home game of the season will feature a number of noteworthy events for players and fans alike. The Reds will wear their new 2016 home kits for the game, sponsored by Oakshire Brewing. During half-time, Firemed of Eugene/Springfield will run the second annual Firemed Football Challenge. Fans can sign up for their free raffle ticket via the event website.  This year’s home games will also feature a rotation of food options for fans as well as the ever-popular Oakshire beer garden. Food options for Fridays game will include Chachi’s Burritos and Navarro’s Latin Creole Kitchen.

To purchase tickets for LUFC’s first home game, visit Lane United’s ticket page.

Lane United FC vs. Kitsap Pumas

WILLAMALANE CENTER FOR SPORTS AND RECREATION, Springfield, Ore.

May 13, 2016 (WEEK 2, PDL Game #2)

7 p.m. PT

The first home game of Lane United’s 2016 PDL season will be a tough matchup against 2015 PDL Northwest Division champs, Kitsap Pumas. Each team comes off a winning first weekend of PDL play and will look to continue their winning streak into week two.

REFEREES: Center: Andrew Marihart AR1: Bennett Savage AR2: Andres Salcedo 4th: Ben Goodman

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 1 goal … Kitsap: 4 wins, 10 goals

AT WILLAMALANE (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 1 goal … Kitsap: 2 wins, 4 goals

Last Year 

Lane United: 0 wins

Kitsap: 2 wins, 4-0 (home), 2-0 (at Lane)

Firemed Football Challenge is Back!

May 10, 2016

This Friday, Lane United will host the second-annual Firemed Football Challenge during our first home game of the season! To participate, fans can visit this page, and sign up for their FREE raffle ticket! Then, during halftime of the game on May 13th, hundreds of mini soccer balls with raffle numbers on them will be lifted high above the field in the bucket of a local fire truck. Then, the balls will be dropped hundreds of feet onto a target on the field below. The five balls closest to the target will win a Firemed membership and Lane United FC merchandise!

Here’s a story from one of last year’s winners.

“My wife was one of last season’s winners. We had never been FireMed members before winning this raffle. Little did we know at the time but I recently needed to go to the hospital and we WERE SO THANKFUL when we called Firemed and they just took care of my ambulance ride. That ride would have cost us $1800 out of pocket. Definitely the best raffle ticket we have EVER purchased! And you can bet that if we don’t win again this year, we will most assuredly be renewing! Thank you so much LaneUnitedFC & FireMed!!”

Don’t miss out on your chance to win a free Firemed membership and Lane United gear! Click here to claim your ticket today!

Lane United Defeats Timbers U-23s In First Game of Season

May 8, 2016
LUFC:timbers1Lane United FC will be brimming with enthusiasm after a comprehensive 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers U-23s in the first match of the 2016 PDL season. The contest kicked off with three former Lane United standouts in Timmy Mueller, Jordan Jones and Devonte Small all dressed in the Timbers’ green, but their influence on proceedings was negligible as the visiting Reds put on a defensive showcase. José Mourinho is fond of saying that winning 1-0 is the easiest thing to do in the sport, and the Reds certainly made it look comfortable after scoring early through Nate Braaten in the 11th minute and then scarcely allowing the Timbers a glimpse of the goal for the ensuing 80 or so. Head coach John Galas praised the collective effort, saying that his squad’s “defensive organization was superb” and singling out Matthias Binder and Joel Rydstrand in the center of midfield especially for praise.

 

Galas also admitted that any offensive strategy was “freelance and on the fly,” given that his team had only started practice on Monday of this week and had been focusing on the defensive aspects of the game for most of that time. Stefan Tomasevic, normally a center-half, played 90 minutes as a target forward, but still showed plenty of instinct by latching onto a chipped through-ball after five minutes, only to be denied by Zach Nelson in the Portland goal. Nelson would later deny two more one-on-ones from Braaten in the second half, but he was powerless to stop the Oregon State man’s goal in the 11th minute. Most of the credit for the goal should go to Lane United’s Dillon Nino, who chased after a hopeful long ball, then shouldered his opposite fullback off of it when the easier options seemed to be to play it back to the goalkeeper or simply put it into touch. Suddenly, Nino had the ball at his feet with an utterly unmarked Braaten hovering around the penalty spot to slot home his squared pass. Portland had threatened with a few half-chances in the opening minutes of the match, but did not trouble Ben Willis in the Lane United goal again for the rest of the match, except for a few crosses and attempted through-balls which he dealt with authoritatively.

 

It would be hard to overstate the Reds’ dominance of the midfield, especially once Mitch LaGro was substituted on in a holding role at halftime. LaGro, his Creighton teammate Rydstrand and the returning Binder never needed a second invitation to pounce on an interception or tackle, and Binder and Rydstrand especially were the hub of possession as they successfully played keep-away from the Timbers for much of the second half. The Timbers seemed increasingly hesitant as the match progressed to try playing out of the back, so unsuccessful were they in their efforts to move the ball on the ground through midfield, and with the amount of giveaways they offered in exposed positions, it was something of a miracle—or just down to brilliant play from their goalkeeper Nelson—that they only conceded once. Braaten was handed a breakaway at the beginning of the second half from a bad back-pass, and was later played through by Tomasevic into an identical LUFC:Timbers2position, only for Nelson to stuff both efforts. The Timbers would have given anything to be able to say they had had even one chance of similar quality, but the pattern of the match was epitomized by LaGro neutralizing Mueller with a crunching slide tackle at the top of the box in the 80th minute just when it seemed as if the big Oregon State man finally had a clear chance to shoot. A scramble from a long throw-in was the Timbers’ only other half-chance, and appropriately, the referee’s whistle blew in stoppage time as Lane United were streaming forward on another counter from another turnover forced. The Reds, and the traveling Red Aces who were in full voice all match long, were nonetheless glad to take all three points. The first home match of the campaign awaits, against the defending PDL Northwest Division champions Kitsap Pumas on May 13th.

Match Preview: Lane United Open 2016 Season Against Timbers U-23s

May 7, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — After a full week of training, Lane United FC head coach John Galas is excited to see members of the 2016 roster take the field this Saturday, in Lane United’s first game of the PDL season. Lane United begins the season with a difficult matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23s at Tualatin Hills Athletic Center at 7pm.

The Reds saw an improved record in 2015 over 2014, and ended the season in fifth place in the Northwest Division of the PDL Western Conference. This year’s roster includes some familiar faces but adds some exciting newcomers from U.S. colleges and international clubs. When asked about the Timbers, coach Galas said, “I think our boys are up for the challenge, they have had a few days to train together and seem eager to compete Saturday night.”

The Portland Timbers U-23s finished the 2015 with a 6-2-4 record to earn second place in the Northwest Division. This year’s team includes former LUFC forwards, Timmy Mueller and Jordan Jones who both scored in Lane United’s 2-0 victory over the Timbers last July. Coach Galas made it clear that he wishes Timmy and Jordan all the best, but that the team’s focus will be on starting the season strongly by earning a victory for the Reds on the road.

“We are excited to finally get the season underway. It’s a long wait between seasons and we couldn’t be more excited than to take on the Timbers U23s in the opener.” said Galas. “This will be a massive challenge playing last year’s runners-up in the Division. It will be a true test of where we are as a club. They are loaded with talent, talent we know a lot about with the likes of Jordan Jose, Devonte Small and last year’s PDL young player of the year Timmy Mueller. They will be organized defensively, well coached, and certainly a threat going forward.”

The Reds will be donning their all-new Cascadia jerseys for the match in Beaverton, and their new home kit against Kitsap on May 13th at the WIllamalane Center in Springfield. Fans interested in supporting Lane United in their first away game can join the Red Aces away game bus. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes a ticket to the game, transportation to and from the game, and Oakshire beer. For more information, visit the Red Aces website.

Lane United FC vs. Portland Timbers U-23s

TUALATIN HILLS ATHLETIC CENTER, Beaverton, Ore.

May 7, 2016 (WEEK 1, PDL Game #1)

7 p.m. PT

The first game of Lane United’s 2016 PDL season will be a Cascadia matchup against Portland Timbers U-23s. Both teams have assembled strong rosters for the coming season and will look to improve on their records from 2015.

REFEREES: Center: Andrew Brooks. AR1: CJ Koll AR2: Ian Miller 4th: Carlos Tercero

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 3 goals … Portland: 2 wins, 4 goals … 1 tie

AT PORTLAND (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 1 goal … Portland: 2 wins, 3 goals … 1 tie

Last Year 

Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)

Portland 1 win, 2-0 (home)