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Match Preview: The Reds Take-on Washington Crossfire on the Road

July 5, 2016

Following Wednesday night’s controversial home match against Portland Timbers U-23s, Lane United heads to Washington for the first of a three-game road series. Tuesday’s match will mark the second time LUFC has competed against Washington Crossfire on their home turf this season. The first match ended in a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes of play in the sweltering sun.

Washington Crossfire joins Lane United and Victoria Highlanders in the middle of the Northwest Division table with 13 points apiece. The Reds have a slight edge over Crossfire and the Highlanders because they have played ten games to their fellow third-place contenders’ eleven. Crossfire will benefit from a nine day rest period leading up to Tuesday’s game, with their most recent match-up having been held on Sunday, June 26th. Crossfire lost 1-2 in an away game against Victoria.

“This will be a great test for us,” said coach Galas. “Crossfire have added a few new players and are well coached and very organized. We had trouble breaking them down last time we played them up here. We are a little banged up at the moment but we have had a great week of training and our guys certainly understand the significance of this match. We are still fighting for a playoff spot, and this is a must-win game.”

The Reds will face Crossfire tonight at 7PM then will have a short three-day break before hitting the road to take on Kitsap Pumas and Victoria Highlanders this weekend.
Lane United FC vs. Washington Crossfire

REDMOND HIGH SCHOOL, Redmond, Wash.

July 5, 2016 (WEEK 10, PDL Game #10)

7:30 p.m. PT

Lane United looks to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win on the road against Washington Crossfire.

REFEREE: Seth Martin AR1 (bench): Adam Sanchez B  AR2(opposite): Kyle Thomas 4th: Benjamin Oakley

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (5 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 5 goals … Washington: 2 wins, 6 goals … 2 ties

AT WASHINGTON (3 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 2 goals … Washington: 2 wins, 5 goals … 1 tie

This Year

AT WASHINGTON (1 meeting): Tie, 0-0

Last Year 

Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)

Washington 1 win, 3-1 (home)

Match Preview: Lane United Prepare for Third Match Against Timbers U-23s

June 28, 2016

After a twelve-day hiatus from league play which included a friendly exhibition match against local Liga Unida team, Club Jalisco, Lane United are switching gears as they prepare to host Portland Timbers U-23s on Wednesday night. This match will mark the third time the reds have played the Timbers U-23s this season. In the first match of the season on May 7th, Lane United traveled to Tualatin Hills Recreation Center where they defeated the Timbers U-23s 1-0 off an 11th-minute goal from Nathan Braaten. On May 24th, the Reds traveled to Providence Park where they fought back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime to tie the Timbers U-23s 3-3.

Wednesday’s game will mark the second-to-last home game of the regular PDL season for the Reds and will be the final 2016 home game at Willamalane unless they host a playoff game. Lane United will host their final home game of the season at the University of Oregon’s Papé Field on July 15th, against Washington Crossfire.

The Portland Timbers U-23s are currently in last place in the Northwest Division at 1-5-3, a record which belies their quality. “This Timbers group will not look like the first two Timbers U-23 teams we have faced” said Coach Galas. “Numerous players have left, and a new batch has come in. We won’t have to face Timmy Mueller this game as he is off on trial in Switzerland, which is great for him. Putting their record aside this team is as good as anyone in this league. They have been through a coaching change and numerous player changes, but this is a well coached group, a very competitive group that would love nothing more than to get a result away from home and spoil our playoff chances.  We will have to be very disciplined defensively, deal with their press, and be resilient on set pieces for a complete 90 minutes. We haven’t played our best soccer yet this year, and it will take a comprehensive effort from all of us to get a result Wednesday night. I hope our loyal fans can come out and give us the extra energy we may need to stay in this playoff hunt.”

Wednesday’s game is a can’t-miss event for Lane United fans pushing the Reds toward a first ever playoff appearance. Tickets can be purchased at laneunitedfc.com/tickets

 

Lane United FC vs. Portland Timbers U-23s

WILLAMALANE, Springfield, Ore.

June 29, 2016

7:00 p.m. PT

Lane United FC takes on Portland Timbers U-23s at home after earning a win and a tie against the Timbers U-23s on the road this season.

REFEREES: Center: Benjamin Warren AR1: Michael Armstrong AR2: Riley Hooper 4th: Joe Cowman

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Lane United: 2 wins, 7 goals … Portland: 2 wins, 7 goals … 2 ties

AT Willamalane (2 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 2 goals … Portland: 1 win, 1 goal

This Year

Lane United 1 win, 1-0 (away) …1 tie 3-3 (away)

Timbers 0 wins

Last Year 

Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)

Portland 1 win, 2-0 (home)

Match Preview: Lane United Host Cascadia Rival Seattle Sounders U-23s

June 10, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — Nine days after playing Seattle Sounders U-23s in Washington, Lane United will host the Sounders U-23s at Willamalane on Sunday at 4pm. Last week’s game was a close-fought and controversial battle ending 2-1 in the Sounders’ favor after an injury time winner against the run of play in spite of the Reds being down a man for 20-odd minutes after Akeem Ward was sent off. The game started brightly for the Sounders who scored in the 3rd minute off the underside of the crossbar, but video evidence suggests the ball did not in fact cross the line.

Opting for a later start than most, Sunday’s match is one of nine games that the Sounders U-23s will play during the month of June, including a battle with local rivals Washington Crossfire tonight.

“This match against the Sounders U23’s could have significant playoff implications” said coach John Galas. “We had a tough match up in Sumner 9 days ago dropping points, so this game down here is of the utmost importance for us. We have had a good week of training, a quality Thursday night match vs South Sound FC, so I think our guys are in good rhythm and will be ready. We always match up well against them, and if we take our chances, manage the emotions and stay focused, I think we can get a result. We will need all our fans out in full force Sunday afternoon to pull us through this one.”

Fans can purchase tickets for the match online at laneunitedfc.com/tickets or at the gate. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Sunday’s game will feature food and beverage options from Chachi’s Burritos, Lani Moku Hawaiian Grill, and Oakshire Brewing. Lane United’s newly-expanded merchandise tent will also be available for fans looking to expand their LUFC wardrobe.

 

 

Lane United FC vs. Seattle Sounders U-23s

WILLAMALANE, Eugene, Ore.

June 12, 2016 (WEEK 6, PDL Game #7)

4:00 p.m. PT

Lane United host Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders U-23s one week after losing to the Sounders U-23s in Wahsington.

REFEREES: Center: Pawel Sojka AR1: JJ Blodgett AR2: Michael Armstrong 4th: Paul Woodhead

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (5 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 3 goals … Seattle: 4 wins, 9 goals

AT WILLAMALANE (2 meetings): Lane United: 1 win,  2 goals … Seattle: 1 win, 2 goals

Last Year 

Lane United 0 wins

Seattle 2 wins, 1-0 (home) … 1-2 (at Lane United)

Match Preview: Lane United Host South Sound FC in Non-League Friendly

June 9, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — Following a tough weekend on the road in Washington, Lane United are back at home this week for their first non-league friendly of the season. The Reds will host South Sound FC of the Evergreen Premier League in Washington. The two teams have met once before in 2015 when Lane United hosted South Sound in a friendly that resulted in a 3-1 Lane United win.

South Sound FC through 7 games in the EPLWA season currently sit in fourth place, with 9 points. The Evergreen Premier League is an elite amateur men’s soccer league that is comprised primarily of U-23 teams and maintains a USASA Premier League fourth-division status.

Coach John Galas shared his expectations for the match, saying, “We are excited to host South Sound FC again this year. Last year’s match was a great test for us, as we trailed 1-0 at the break and really had to play well in the second half to get a result. Playing them a bit later in the year this year will give us an opportunity to play a lot of bodies, keep some guys in rhythm, and also allow some guys to get minutes who need to either boost fitness, or who are just coming back from injury. Expect to see some new faces Thursday night for the Reds.”

Fans can purchase tickets for the match online at laneunitedfc.com/tickets or at the gate. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Thursday’s game will feature food and beverage options from Chachi’s Burritos, I Scream for Waffles, and Oakshire Brewing. Lane United’s newly-expanded merchandise tent will also be available for fans looking to expand their LUFC wardrobe.

 

 

Lane United FC vs. South Sound FC

WILLAMALANE, Eugene, Ore.

June 9, 2016 (WEEK 6, non-league friendly)

7:00 p.m. PT

Lane United host non-league rivals South Sound FC in their first friendly match of the season. South Sound play in the Evergreen Premier League in Washington.

REFEREE: William Baldwin AR1 (bench): Ian Miller AR2(opposite): Joe Cowman 4th: Steve Bailey

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (1 meeting): Lane United: 1 win, 3 goals … South Sound: 0 wins, 1 goal

AT Willamlane (1 meeting): Lane United: 1 win, 3 goals … South Sound: 0 wins, 5 goals

Last Year 

Lane United 1 win 3-1 (home, friendly)

South Sound 0 wins

Match Preview: Lane United Heads to Washington for Two-Game Road Trip

June 3, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane United are back on the road this weekend with a two-game lineup in Washington. The Reds will begin the weekend by facing off against Seattle Sounders U-23s on Friday, June 3rd then will move on to face Washington Crossfire on Sunday, June 5th. The Reds are currently in third-place in the PDL Northwest Division, with 6 points for the season.

The Seattle Sounders U-23s had a late start to their 2016 PDL season, due to their participation in the U.S. Open Cup. Of the two league games they have played thus far, the Sounders U-23s have earned one win against Washington Crossfire and one loss against Kitsap Pumas. The Sounders will play nine games during the month of June to make up for the late start to their season.

Coach John Galas said, “Sounders U23 are, as usual, one of the top teams in the league. They are well coached, disciplined and organized defensively and will always be dangerous on the attack with Delgado up top. We haven’t had much luck on the road in last two years with the Sounders U23’s and we fully expect a tough match. They have quality and depth in every position, we will need to play extremely well to get a result on the road.”

Following their game on Friday, the Reds will have just one day of rest before taking on Washington Crossfire on Sunday at Lake Washington High School. Crossfire currently sits just ahead of Lane United in the Northwest Division table with seven points to Lane United’s six. Washington also faces a two-game weekend with their first match taking place on Friday against Portland Timbers U-23s.

“Crossfire are another tough group in this extremely competitive league” said Galas. “They have had some great early results, and we fully expect them to come at us. They do play the Timbers U23’s on the Friday night, so perhaps we’ll see a different group than the one we have scouted, but nonetheless, they will be as competitive as anyone in this NW Division.”

 

 

Lane United FC vs. Seattle Sounders U-23s

SUNSET STADIUM, Sumner, Wash.

June 3, 2016 (WEEK 5, PDL Game #5)

7:30 p.m. PT

Lane United travels to Washington for the first of two road games this weekend. The first game will be a matchup against Seattle Sounders U-23s. Lane United looks to break free from their streak of closely-fought ties with a win on the road.

REFEREE: Soo-Hui Um AR1 (bench): Christian Clerc AR2(opposite): Rachel Cabacungan 4th: Joshua Merfeld

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 3 goals … Seattle: 3 wins, 7 goals

AT SEATTLE (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Seattle: 2 wins, 5 goals

Last Year 

Lane United 0 wins

Seattle 2 wins, 1-0 (home) … 1-2 (at Lane United)

Lane United FC vs. Washington Crossfire

LAKE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, Kirkland, Wash.

June 5, 2016 (WEEK 5, PDL Game #6)

5:00 p.m. PT

Lane United continues their Washington road trip with a match against Washington Crossfire.

REFEREE: CJ Koll AR1 (bench): Manuel S Soledad B  AR2(opposite): Benjamin Moore 4th: Vernon Winters

Head-To-Head

ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 5 goals … Washington: 2 wins, 6 goals … 1 tie

AT WASHINGTON (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 2 goals … Washington: 2 wins, 5 goals

Last Year 

Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)

Washington 1 win, 3-1 (home)

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 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 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)

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)