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Complete 2017 Lane United Schedule

March 27, 2017

Lane United’s schedule is complete with all PDL Northwest Division matchups and five friendlies scheduled for the 2017 season. The Reds first match of the year will be Friday, May 5 at 7:00pm when NCU visits the Bob Keefer Center (formerly known as Willamalane) for a friendly, followed by Lane United’s first road trip of the season to Vancouver and Victoria BC for matches with TSS FC Rovers and Victoria Highlanders FC.

The first home league match of the season will be Friday, May 26 when TSS FC Rovers visit the Bob Keefer Center for a 7:30pm kickoff. Lane United’s schedule features 11 home matches on the season with seven league matches and four friendlies.

LUFC announces Second Annual 7v7 Tournament; Fourth 2017 Home Friendly

March 23, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane United FC will hold its second annual 7v7 Soccer Tournament Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 at the Bob Keefer Center in Springfield. The tournament will combine with the Reds fourth friendly of 2017 against local select club Berliner Weisse FC on July 8 at 7:30pm.

The tournament will consist of three divisions: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Men’s Over 35. Entry for a team is $250 with a maximum of 14 players on the roster. Six field players and one goalkeeper will be on the field at all times. The tournament bracket is based on a points system with teams earning three points for a win, one point for a tie, and zero points for a loss.

The winning team from each bracket will be awarded a prize in the post-tournament awards ceremony on Sunday. Teams will need to provide their own matching jerseys or t-shirts, as well as any soccer-related gear and supplies (cleats, shin guards, etc.). Games will be played on the turf fields at the Bob Keefer Center. All players must be at least 18 years old to participate. More information, including registration details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Lane United’s fourth home friendly will be against Oakshire sponsored local select club Berliner Weisse FC, featuring players from around the area who have played or are currently playing college soccer, bringing the total to 11 home matches on the 2017 season. More information regarding a roster for Berliner Weisse FC will be announced. All teams participating in the Lane United 7v7 tournament will receive free admission to the friendly on July 8.

Registration for the 2017 7v7 tournament is now open! Click here to register now and use code: 7v72017 to get $25 off before June 1. 

2017 Player Announcements: Week Three

March 22, 2017

Lane United has started announcing players for the 2017 PDL season. Each week we will release a new group of players as the season gets closer. All announced signings are pending league approval.

Ben Willis

College: Gonzaga

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6-2

Class: Junior

Hometown: Federal Way, Washington

Twitter: @BenWillis18

2016 season with Lane United: Started all nine matches in goal he appeared in for the Reds…recorded 765 minutes in his nine appearances…allowed six goals while making 18 saves…posted a GAA of 0.71…helped Lane United to four shutouts on the year.

2016 season with Gonzaga: Played in 17 matches for the Bulldogs, making the start in goal in each of those appearances…allowed 26 goals on the season while recording 47 saves…had a 1.53 GAA on the year…helped Gonzaga to three shutouts…selected to WCC Soccer All-Academic Honorable Mention Team.

Willis: “I’m looking forward to getting back at it with the returning guys and playing with all of the new players. All of the guys that coach Galas is bringing in are some of the best in the country and this summer should be an exciting one for all of us. We have the best fans in the country, an amazing coaching staff and have the potential to make a deep postseason run. I can’t wait to be back for my second year and do something special with this club.”

Coach Galas: “In nine league matches last year Ben had a .71 GA average. He proved he was consistently one of the best in the Division, and certainly in the Western Conference which has been rich with GK talent over the years. We have had a great tradition of exceptional goalkeepers here at Lane United with the likes of Bersano, Lowrimore, Barazza, and now Willis coming back for his second year. I expect him to immediately make an impact with this group and compete for substantial minutes this summer. He has an incredible GK coach in Vito Higgins at Gonzaga University, and he will no doubt come here this summer and make a huge impact.”

Matt Coffey

College: Portland

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-11

Weight: 160

Class: R-Junior

Hometown: Sandy, Utah

2016 season with Lane United: Played in nine matches for the Reds, logging 639 minutes…scored two goals on the season, both coming against Sounders FC U23 in a 3-1 win (June 12)…recorded two assists, one each against Timbers FC U23 (May 24) and Sounders FC U23 (June 3)…recorded three shots, all against Sounders FC U23 (June 12).

2016 season with Portland: Played in all 19 matches for the Pilots while making 17 starts…scored three goals on the season vs Bradley (Sept. 11) , at San Francisco (Oct. 9), vs Saint Mary’s (Nov. 12)…contributed an assist vs San Jose State (Sept. 4)…had 21 shots, seven of them on goal…goal on Nov. 12 vs Saint Mary’s was the game-winner in a 1-0 win.

Coffey: “I’m really excited about coming back to Lane United for the summer. We have amazing fans, facilities, coaches and players. I hope we can build upon some success we had last year with a conference championship and playoff push!”

Coach Galas: “Matt is such a tremendous person, and brings so much life and energy to each and every session. I absolutely love having him around. He is such a positive person and that positive energy is contagious in the locker room. He is a very versatile and intelligent player.  Last year he played as a 7, 8, 11 and even had a few minutes as a 3 against the Timbers in that entertaining 3-3 match at Providence Park. In this league you need players that can play in a variety of positions at times and Matt certainly can do that when called upon. I am really looking forward to working with him again this summer and hope this experience prepares him for his final season at the University of Portland this fall.”

Alvaro Adan

College: West Virginia Tech

Position: Defender

Height: 5-8

Class: So.

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Twitter: @UrreaAdan

2016 season WVU Tech: Played in all 22 games for the Golden Bears…scored a goal in a 2-1 win over Keiser University (Sep. 2)…recorded six assists, including a season high two against Cincinnati Christian (Oct. 29)…tallied 11 shots on the season, seven of them on goal.

Playing experience in Spain: Played third division for CD Coslada last summer…previous year played under-18 third division with AD Torrejon de Ardoz…scored five goals and contributed eight assists with AD Torrejon…previously trained with Atletico Madrid academy.

Adan: “I’m delighted to sign with Lane United this summer and anxious to compete with my new family while making this a great, competitive, successful experience.”

Coach Galas: “Alvaro comes highly recommended from a colleague in Valencia, Spain. We are excited to welcome him to the club this summer. He is a versatile attacking left back that can also play as a holding mid if needed. He has tremendous technical ability, is very composed on the ball, and will look to attack down the flank much like Jose Carlos Terron did for us last year.  He will fit our style and system very well this summer.”

Vicente Mora

Previous Club: UE Gandia

Position: Midfielder

Height: 6-1

Weight: 175

Hometown: Valencia, Spain

2016 season with Lane United: Played in nine games…recorded 721 minutes on the season…scored two goals, one against Portland Timbers U23 in a 3-3 draw (May 24) and the other against Victoria Highlanders FC in a 2-2 draw (July 11)…had one assist in the 3-3 draw with Timbers U23 (May 24)…recorded 10 shots.

Mora: “I am really happy to come back to Lane United FC this season. I have really enjoyed my time with them and Lane United has been one of the most important experiences in my life. Sharing time on the field with my teammates and my coaches is an honor for me. I can’t wait to wear the red shirt of Lane United again and see my american family.”

 Coach Galas: “Having Vicente come back for his second year gives us great depth, balance and experience in our midfield.  He is such a gifted player, having spent time with Real Madrid youth academy he has such a great tactical understanding of the game, and is just a wonderful person on and off the field. I look forward to working with him this season and welcoming him back to our club. He is having a terrific season with U.E. Gandia in Spain and we hope that quality and confidence carries over to his PDL season.”

Isma Fernandez

Previous Club: UE Gandia

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-10

Weight: 160

Hometown: Valencia, Spain

Twitter: @7_ISMA

2016 season with Lane United: Played in nine games…recorded 720 minutes on the season…scored a goal in the 3-3 draw with Portland Timbers U23 at Providence Park (May 24)…tallied 19 shots on the season.

Fernandez: “I want to start by thanking all the fans of Lane United. I don’t have words to express what they have done for me. Thanks to you I can enjoy another summer doing what I love, playing soccer. Being able to be a part of the team for a third consecutive year is an authentic pleasure. I am very happy to defend the colors of Lane United. See you soon, Reds!”  

Coach Galas: “Probably one of the most technically gifted players we have had in our brief history. Isma has an infectious personality, he is an amazing young man who brings such great energy and passion to playing this game. This will be his third year with us, and I am eager to get him back to Eugene for the summer. He has been playing with Vicente Mora with U.E. Gandia and has been very productive on the field, and we hope that goal scoring form translates to a successful PDL season for him this summer. He is clearly a fan favorite, and I couldn’t be happier with the support he has received from this community. Welcome back Isma! “

Lane United Adds Friendlies to 2017 Schedule

March 14, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane United FC has added three friendlies to its 2017 schedule, including a home-and-home series with Southern Oregon Starphire FC and a home match against FC Cougars.

The Reds will host the Starphire at Willamalane on Tuesday, June 13, followed by a return trip on Wednesday, July 12 to Ashland High School where LUFC will play the Starphire on Walter A. Phillips Field. Both matches are scheduled for a 7pm kickoff.

Southern Oregon Starphire FC is entering its first season of play in the Pacific Premier League. Originally known as the Southern Oregon Fuego, the club was one of two teams to play Lane United in its 2013 exhibition series, along with the Timbers U23’s after the Reds secured their PDL franchise. Fuego competed in the NPSL in 2009 and 2010, making the divisional playoffs in their season after posting a 4-7-1 record and finishing fourth in the Western Division.

Local club FC Cougars was founded by Puma Gonzales in 2007 and is one of the oldest clubs in Liga Unida. They will visit Willamalane on May 19 for a 7:30pm kickoff. It’s the first ever matchup between Lane United and FC Cougars.

Both home matches against FC Cougars and Starphire FC will be included in the Lane United Annual Member season ticket package for 2017.

Lane United enters its fourth season of play in the Northwest Division of the Premier Development League in 2017. The first match of the year is scheduled for a 7pm kickoff at Willamalane on May 5 against Northwest Christian University. The Reds first home league match will be at 7:30pm on May 26 when the TSS FC Rovers visit from Vancouver, BC.

2017 Player Announcements: Week Two

March 3, 2017

Lane United has started announcing players for the 2017 PDL season. Each week we will release a new group of players as the season gets closer. All announced signings are pending league approval.

Peter Prescott

College: Creighton
Position: Defender
Height: 6-4
Weight: 185
Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Vancouver, Washington
Twitter: @pprescott26

2016 season with Portland Timbers U23’s: Appeared in nine games, tallying 632 minutes on the field. Took three shots on the season, one each against the Washington Crossfire on June 3, Seattle Sounders U23’s on June 25, and against the Crossfire on July 9.

2016 season with Creighton: Started all 23 matches for the Bluejays and was the only player to play all 2,150 possible minutes. Helped lead the Creighton defense to eight shutouts. Scored his second career goal against Penn, also turned out to be his first game-winner. Recorded a career-high four shots against UMKC.

Prescott: “After playing against Lane United for the past few years with the Portland Timbers organization I have always admired the atmosphere that the Lane supporters have brought to each and every game whether home or away. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of it now. I ultimately chose Lane United because it allows me an opportunity to play alongside many extremely talented players. I believe this can help me elevate my game to the next level and I am looking forward to becoming a part of this fantastic program in the summer.”

Coach Galas: “Peter is a proven center back in the BIG EAST. He was a fixture at CB for Creighton last year playing every minute of the season. He has PDL experience with the Timbers U23’s, and he will bring a tremendous amount of experience to our backline this year. At 6’4 he is an imposing player and will give us a CB that can dominate in the air, and he certainly gives us an aerial threat on set pieces. I am thrilled to welcome him to the club this summer.”

Jaime Miralles

College: Oregon State
Position: Midfield
Height: 5-8
Weight: 174
Class: Senior
Hometown: Vinaros, Spain

2016 season with OSU: Appeared in 16 of the Beavers 18 games, making nine starts on the season. Tallied 750 minutes on the field in his 16 appearances. Scored a goal in the Beavers 2-0 win September 17 at UNLV. Had four assists on the season, one each against Depaul (Aug. 26), Wright State (Aug. 28), San Diego State (Sep. 29), and UCLA (Nov. 6). Had 11 shots on the season, including a season high four against Ohio State September 5.

Miralles: “I am eager to join Lane United this coming summer. I’ve heard great things about the program and the coaching staff and I am very excited to get to work with them. I look forward to meeting the team, training hard, competing, and improving as a player. Ultimately, I hope we all can give our best football and effort to help the team win the championship.”

Coach Galas: “Jaime is a box to box midfielder who will give us great quality. Having just returned from my stint with Villarreal CF, I was fortunate enough to meet a few of his old coaches at the club, and they all speak so highly of him as a person and player. Adding another proven PAC-12 player from Oregon State only strengthens our team this year and makes us so competitive in all positions. Jaime is a very technical player, has a tremendous soccer brain, and is one of the most well rounded student-athletes I have met. I am eager to start working with him this summer and help in his development.”

Brandon Zambrano

College: University of Portland
Position: Midfield/Forward
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165
Class: Junior
Hometown: San Diego, California
Previous PDL: FC Tucson, Seattle Sounders U23

2016 season with Portland: Appeared in 12 of the Pilots 19 games on the year, making seven starts and logging 487 minutes…missed seven games due to injury…recorded two assists..the first August 28 in a 2-1 win over DePaul and second on September 22 in a 3-1 victory on the road at Grand Canyon…took six shots on the season, including a season high two against Grand Canyon.

Named All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention in 2015 after tying for second on the team with four assists…also scored two goals. WCC All-Freshman Team and All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention in 2014…third on team with four goals and 10 points…also had two assists.

Zambrano: “I’m really excited to join the Lane United program. I’ve been looking at LUFC since my freshman year and I’m glad that I finally get to represent such a wonderful organization that’s like a family. I also can’t wait to suit up and play in front of the best fans in the PDL. I’m looking forward to growing as a player and competing every day against top college players.”

Coach Galas: “Brandon is a gifted attacking player, has great quality on the ball and is so dangerous in 1v1 situations and combining with his teammates. He will fit in really well with our style of play, and we are delighted to finally welcome him to the club. It is always a positive when we can attract some of the best talent in the NW to stay home and play over the summer. As an all-league selection out of the WCC at the University of Portland and with experience with two of the premier PDL clubs in the nation in FC Tucson and the Seattle Sounders U23’s, he will bring great maturity and experience to our group this year.”

Casey ChubbFertal

College: Redlands
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-0
Weight: 170
Class: Jr.
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Twitter: @CaseyChubbs

2016 season with Lane United: Played in seven games, logging 490 minutes on the season…scored a goal on July 11 in a 2-2 draw at Victoria…took three shots on the season, including two in a 2-1 defeat at Kitsap on July 9.

2016 season with Redlands: Played in and started all 25 games on the season for the Bulldogs…second on the team with 11 goals…led the Bulldogs with eight assists…30 points on the season was good for second best on the team…third on team with 45 shots, including 22 on goal…led team with five game-winning goals.

Named First Team NSCAA All-West Region and First Team All-Conference in the SCIAC.

ChubbFertal: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to come back and play for Lane United again for the level of players the club brings in, the atmosphere the fans bring to each game, and how well the team is led by the coaching staff. It is also always great to play in my hometown in front of friends and family.”

Coach Galas: “Casey is such an incredible athlete that can play in a variety of positions. He gives us great quality as a 6, can play up top, or as a left back. I’m very much looking forward to working with Casey again this summer. As a homegrown player he’s always been a fan favorite and I’m thrilled he is putting the uniform on again for us this summer in front of his home crowd.”

Jon Stadler

College: Milwaukee
Position: Defender
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165
Class: Sr.
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Twitter: @JonathanStadler

2016 season with Lane United: Played in all 13 games for the Reds while leading the team in minutes with 1,087…was an integral part of the Lane United defense that held opponents scoreless five times on the year.

2016 season with Milwaukee: Played in all 19 games while making 17 starts and seeing the field for 1634 minutes with the Panthers on the season…recorded an assist on September 6 against Drake in a 3-2 defeat.

Stadler: “I’m really excited to get back at it with the guys returning, as well as seeing the new talent coming in. This is going to be my third year at LUFC and I definitely think it will be the most exciting year yet. I can’t wait to get back with training under coach Galas as I’ve grown very keen to his coaching style and put all my trust in him as a coach. We’re due for a conference championship and postseason play.”

Coach Galas: “Over the course of his first two seasons here with LUFC, Jon has improved each year. He was a fixture for us as a CB last year, and for my money was one of the most consistent CB’s in our division. He brings tremendous energy and passion to each and every training session and that certainly carries over to our matches. He is well respected by his peers as he leads by example on and off the field. I am looking forward to welcoming Jon back to the club the summer.”

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