Monthly Archives: April 2014
Lane United FC is close to completing its full roster for the 2014 inaugural season with the addition of three more players, all attack-minded, announced Thursday. Conner Bevans, a forward from Gonzaga, and two internationally raised players, Chico Sastre of Brazil and Pipo Peralt of Spain, have joined the team, according to head coach John Galas.
Bevans grew up in Anaheim, California, where he was a standout athlete at Servite High School, winning Orange County Player of the Year honors after his senior season, in which he recorded 27 goals and 14 assists. So far at Gonzaga, he has enjoyed regular playing time and finished second on the team in goals as a sophomore. He also adds a year of PDL playing experience to the Lane United team, as he spent the summer of 2013 in Arizona playing for FC Tucson. Galas praised Bevans for his “tireless work rate,” and added that “Conner will certainly set the tone for us defensively as we press high up the field.” Bevans will be joining fellow Gonzaga Bulldog Chris Lowrimore on Lane United in 2014.
Joining Bevans up front will be another standout striker, the Brazilian Francisco “Chico” Sastre. Sastre hails from São Paulo, Brazil, but began attending Post University in Waterbury, CT in 2012. Despite the fact that he led the Eagles in scoring in 2013, “his main pedigree is setting up others to score,” Galas said. “I think our fans will really appreciate his crafty, selfless play.” Galas said he was “thrilled” to partner Sastre with Bevans and Lane United’s other forwards, Pancho Vizcaino and Rolando Velazquez.
Alex “Pipo” Peralt, the third player to join Lane United in recent days, will travel from Spain to play for the Reds this summer. Peralt grew up in Valencia and has played with Ciutat de Valencia CFB and Mislata CF, the latter a fourth-division club in Spain. Galas said that Peralt was recommended to him by a coaching contact in Valencia, and after meeting Peralt on a recent trip to Spain, he was happy to bring him into the club. Galas called Peralt “a great one-on-one player with loads of skill who can play as a true wide midfield player or more centrally in a three-person midfield.”
Twenty players are now signed on to play for Lane United, and four more will be announced next week, according to Galas. The first out-of-town players will have arrived by the end of April, he said. Basic information about all the players on the squad so far is available at the roster page.
Lane United FC has established a partnership with the Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Drs. Brick Lantz, Thomas Macha and Daniel Fitzpatrick, sports medicine surgeons at Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, will serve as official team physicians for Lane United FC. At least one of the doctors will be present at each of the team’s eight home matches.
“We are thrilled to partner with Oregon’s premier sports medicine provider,” said Dave Galas, Lane United’s managing director. “Our partnership with Slocum ensures excellent medical care for the Reds’ players over the course of the season.”
As part of the partnership, Slocum will also provide athletes from KidSports, the Eugene-based youth sports non-profit organization, the opportunity to attend and participate in home matches throughout the year. KidSports will receive a block of tickets to each Sunday home match, and KidSports athletes will participate in pre-game and halftime activities. Slocum will also be a kit sponsor for Lane United’s youth jerseys, which will be available for purchase by the general public.
As the region’s most preferred orthopedic provider, Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and its 23 highly trained and skilled orthopedic specialists offers care for the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle and are the Orthopedic Team Physicians for University of Oregon Athletics. For more information regarding Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and its specialists, visit www.slocumcenter.com, like Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine on Facebook or follow @SlocumCenter on Twitter.
When Lane United FC midfielder Christian Dietrich was a teenager in Germany, he trained in the youth academy for FC Union Berlin, whose home ground is the uniquely named Stadion an der Alten Försterei — the Stadium by the Old Forester’s Shed. But when he plays for Lane United this summer, he’ll be performing in front of a veritable army of foresters in the form of the Red Aces, Lane United’s official fan club.
The Red Aces have begun an initiative to plant western redcedar trees at the south end of the Willamalane Center’s fields for each home goal that the Reds score there this year. Dave Galas, Lane United’s managing director, said that the Willamalane Center had at one point intended to plant a row of trees at the southern boundary of the property, adjacent to the train tracks, as part of the facility’s expansion plans. However, budgetary restraints ended up scuppering that part of the project. A local commercial nursery recently stepped up to donate the new trees to the Red Aces, he said.
The initial hope was that the Red Aces would be able to plant only dawn redwoods for the project. The dawn redwood is the tree symbolically represented on the Lane United crest, adopted as an official icon of the club for its rareness and local historical significance. However, Galas’ wife, Arica Duhrkoop-Galas, a landscape architect who teaches planting classes at the University of Oregon and has been leading the initiative, said that the availability of dawn redwood saplings from local nurseries was limited compared to that of the western redcedars.
A western redcedar will be planted for each home goal, and a dawn redwood will be planted for each year of the club’s existence. Duhrkoop-Galas said that the trees will be four to seven years old and about eight feet tall at the time of planting. The dawn redwoods will grow faster, but both types of trees will be mature after ten or fifteen years, she said. The planting will take place all at once in November or December at the onset of the rainy winter season.
Dave Galas said he came up with the idea for the initiative from similar projects that the Timbers Army has undertaken, planting trees in neighborhoods around Portland. According to him and his wife, there are no plans to cease the trees-for-goals initiative on Lane United’s end; if space runs out at Willamalane, they may consider other sites such as state parks. Duhrkoop-Galas added that any dawn redwood that grows to maturity makes an important contribution to the genetic variation of the species, since the local population is currently so small.