Monthly Archives: June 2017


Norgrove Leads Victoria Past Lane United

June 30, 2017

EUGENE — Lane United outplayed Victoria Highlanders FC for much of the night at the Les Schwab Sports Park Thursday, but couldn’t finish chances inside the 18 on the way to falling 1-0.   

The lone goal of the match came on a free kick from Victoria’s Sho Goto after a foul was called on Akeem Ward in the 76th minute. That was all the Highlanders needed thanks to keeper Simon Norgrove.

Norgrove recorded 10 saves on the night, several of them full extension. The Reds were able to find open shots throughout the match, including three clear cut opportunities in the opening minutes, but couldn’t find the net.

“We came off really strong and we had great opportunities early,” Lane United defender Jonathan Stadler said. “We took shots, created goal scoring opportunities — we did our job. I just think they had a lot of great defense and good saves from their goalkeeper. We couldn’t get that one to slip in.”

Lane United outshot Victoria 27-12 and controlled possession for the majority of the 90 minutes, the Reds just couldn’t find a way to beat Norgrove.

It will be a quick turnaround for the two sides as the second match in three days kicks off at 12:30pm Saturday afternoon. For Lane United (5-5-4 Overall, 2-5-4 PDL) they will need to put this one behind them and find ways to score.

“The biggest thing for us is to come out Saturday ready to compete,” Stadler said. “It can’t be a mentality where we lost and it’s another three points lost in our season. It’s what can we do better to create that goal scoring opportunity and put them away. We need to have the right mentality Saturday, that’ll be the main factor.”

Committing innoportune fouls has led to allowing set piece goals throughout the season. A problem head coach John Galas has routinely mentioned as a focal point in film sessions and training.

That came back to bite the Reds again Thursday as the lone goal of the match was conceded on a free kick after a foul.

“Everything we saw on video we saw tonight, we were prepared, we scouted and we had everything except for the goal,” Galas said. “We talked at halftime about not conceding set pieces and a rough tackle in a dangerous spot led to them punishing us. When you make those mistakes you get punished.”   

With three league matches remaining at home, the Reds still have points available to move up the table. That starts with Victoria (3-5-0 PDL) on Saturday, followed by matches against top teams in the table Calgary and Portland Timbers U23.

“I’m proud of the effort and proud of the response from last game,” Galas said. “Points wise this could be our best season in history. The boys want that and they want to finish with wins. Hopefully we get the same mentality and energy Saturday and get three points.”

Up Next: Lane United hosts Victoria for match two Saturday afternoon at 12:30pm. Click here to get your tickets and support your Reds!   

Lane United Hosts Victoria Thursday, Saturday

June 27, 2017

EUGENE — Lane United returns to the Les Schwab Sports Park Thursday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 12:30pm for two PDL Northwest Division matches against Victoria Highlanders FC.

The Reds (5-4-4 Overall, 2-4-4 PDL) are coming off a tough week after dropping two against in-state division rival Portland Timbers U23, however, there is still a lot to play for as LUFC sits at fourth in the table just three points behind third place Seattle.

Heading down the home stretch of Lane United’s fourth season of PDL play, this version of the Reds has a chance to make a name for itself. There are points to be had in front of them, including four important home league matches.

“Playoffs aside, we still have a lot to play for this season,” head coach John Galas said. “We have four more league matches at home and certainly want to finish strong. This group has the opportunity to be the best in LUFC’s short history.”

Earning that recognition starts with Victoria this week, a side that Lane United fell 4-1 against in the lone previous match of the season back in May. This time the Reds will get to face the Highlanders at home and on full rest, both things that should help get the team back on track.

It’s just the second road trip of the season for Victoria (2-5-0 PDL) after traveling to face TSS Rovers for two matches last week, winning 1-0 and falling 3-1 in the two-match set. Now Highlanders will have to make the long trip to the willamette valley for three matches in four days against Lane United and then Portland Timbers U23 Sunday.

Lane United head coach John Galas expects to see a lot of the same from Victoria compared to the last match minus a couple possible changes here or there.

“It’s basically the same group we saw earlier in the year,” Galas said. “They’ve introduced a few new guys, a few lineup changes, and we’ve seen Blair Sturrock pop up in several different positions.”

Both teams will be fresh for Thursday’s match, a different look than when the two sides met in May. Lane United was coming off a Friday night draw against TSS before having to face Highlanders for a Sunday afternoon matchup.

For the Reds this week is about putting a full 90 minutes together and taking care of business at home, something they have done all season save for last week’s match against Portland. Lane United holds a +17 goal differential in home matches, outscoring opponents at a 20-3 clip while winning five of six at the Les Schwab Sports Park this season.  

“Playing them when we are both fresh will be a good test of where we are as a team,” Galas said. “Last time we met we were coming off of playing less than 48 hours before. We need to minimize turnovers, play our possession oriented game, and take our chances while playing a full 90 minutes.”       

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Slow Start, Missed Call Hurt Reds in Loss at Timbers U23

June 24, 2017

Lane United pressed hard for a second half equalizer in its second match in three days against their in-state PDL rival to the north Portland Timbers U23 Saturday.

Forward Jordan Jones had a chance in the 87th minute before he was taken out from the back and side by two Timbers defenders in what looked like a sure penalty, but it wasn’t called.

Just a minute later Timbers U23 would find a second goal and add a third after a penalty was called on the Reds in stoppage time, ultimately handing Lane United a 3-0 defeat at McCulloch Stadium in Salem.

A tough pill to swallow for a side that was close to finding a late equalizer and taking a point on the road.

“It’s unfortunate the penalty wasn’t seen or called,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “It certainly changed the game. A minute later they score, and then a penalty was called against us. It’s a shame the level of refereeing doesn’t match the quality on the field.”

Lane United played a sloppy first 45 that led to conceding the first goal. Coach Galas cited careless turnovers and lack of communication, both problems that have been achilles heel’s for LUFC at times throughout the season.  

“Our patience and control of possession in the second half was great,” Galas said. “Unfortunately we didn’t start out well. You have to play a complete game in this league.”

The Reds (5-4-4 Overall, 2-4-4 PDL) will have to regroup after suffering two defeats at the hands of Portland this week, but have all four league matches remaining on the schedule at home.

Getting back on track starts with two matches in three days against Victoria Highlanders FC Thursday and Saturday. Lane United will look for revenge against Victoria after falling 4-1 on the road in May, the lone previous match of the season.

Sitting in fourth place, there are points to be had against teams ahead of Lane United in the table. One match at a time will be a key to start earning those points and begin moving up.

Up Next: Lane United returns home for two matches with Victoria Highlanders FC on June 29 and July 1. Click here for tickets and support your Reds!  

 

Lane United Drops First Home Match of Season

June 23, 2017

EUGENE — It just wasn’t the Reds’ night at the Les Schwab Sports Park Thursday.

Portland Timbers U23 got a goal from Benji Michel in the 85th minute to break a 0-0 tie and hand Lane United its first home defeat of the season, 1-0.

In a hectic final few minutes the Reds had three corner kicks and a couple shots at an equalizer, but none were able to find the net. Goalkeeper Ximo Miralles even came up and joined the onslaught in stoppage time looking to help his teammates find a goal.

It was a physical, defensive match from both teams for much of the 90 minutes with neither side getting quality chances to take the first advantage. A far cry from what Lane United had seen at home this season after heading into the match with a +18 goal differential at 20-2.

“We didn’t put in a performance good enough to win tonight, plain and simple,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “You get what you put into this game and after watching the video we just didn’t stick to the game plan. We complicated the game when we needed to play simple, we didn’t communicate well enough throughout the 90 minutes and we made the game more difficult.”

Both sides played with intensity throughout the match as three big points were on the line in the race for the PDL playoffs. With that intensity came several cautions and arguments with the referee as five yellow cards were handed out on the night.    

Lane United struggled to find quality chances throughout the night, recording just nine total shots. Furthermore, Portland goalkeeper Jordan Farr was forced to make only one save on the nine shots.

“Portland played a good game and came in with a good plan,” Lane United goalkeeper Ximo Miralles said. “I think they had a bit more of possession throughout the game, but we didn’t have a feeling at any point they were going to find a goal. We were the team looking for a goal at the end, but this is soccer and sometimes things happen that changes everything.”  

Not all is lost for Lane United, who have a chance to get back on the right side Saturday when they travel to Salem for an away match at Portland Timbers U23. A win on the road will put the Reds right back in contention in the PDL Northwest Division.

With three matches remaining against teams ahead of them in the table, including the two against Portland, putting this one behind them and focusing on getting a result Saturday is the start needed to make a late run at the playoffs.

“We did a good job in Canada getting two points against the first team in the league last week,” Miralles said. “We need to be a little more decided at the offensive end and go there with a fresh mind Saturday. I think we’re working, but sometimes in soccer the results don’t come. We need to keep trusting ourselves.”

Saturday’s match is scheduled for a 7pm kickoff from McCulloch Stadium in Salem, the second of two Lane United away matches against Portland Timbers U23 this season. The Reds came away with a 2-2 draw on Memorial Day last time out, conceding a late equalizer to the Timbers.

After a disappointing night at home, Lane United will look to get immediately back after it and turn the tide in the right direction.

“Credit to the Timbers as they executed when it mattered and deserved the three point,” John Galas said. “I know our guys. We’ll regroup and get after it on Saturday.”

Up Next: Lane United returns home for two matches with Victoria Highlanders FC on June 29 and July 1. Click here for tickets and support your Reds!             

 

 

Reds Continue Playoff Push vs. Timbers U23

June 20, 2017

It’s another important week for the Reds’ Premier Development League playoff hopes.

Lane United returns home to the Les Schwab Sports Park Thursday at 7:30pm for a Northwest Division match vs in-state rival Portland Timbers U23 before going on the road and facing the same club in Salem at 7pm Saturday.

The Reds (5-2-4 Overall, 2-2-4 PDL) are coming off a successful weekend in Calgary, taking two points from 2016 PDL national runner-up and current Northwest Division leader Foothills FC. Lane United allowed just one penalty kick goal in two matches to a strong offensive club by playing quality defense and limiting chances for the Calgary front line.

“I was pleased with the way our guys played in Calgary,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “Keeping the national finalists from 2016 to one lone PK goal over 180 minutes is a credit to how well we defended.”

After taking the two away points in Canada, Lane United returns home where they have a +18 goal differential through five matches at 20-2. The Reds have been able to score early and often at the Les Schwab Sports Park, putting opposing sides in holes they haven’t been able to recover from.

Currently sitting in fourth place just three points behind Timbers U23 and Sounders U23, the Reds are in a position to move up the table with five of the last six league matches coming at home.   

Timbers U23 (3-1-4) come to town Thursday riding a six match unbeaten streak beginning with a 2-2 draw against Lane United in Salem on May 29. Since that match the Reds added a couple of their players to the mix and have had time to mesh as a unit.

“I think our entire group, from the strikers to our back four is coming together defensively and we will need that same mentality, same commitment level to deal with a very good Timbers U23 side,” Galas said.

Portland will be heading to the Les Schwab Sports Park with a lot of confidence riding the winning streak, but it has been far from easy for any side to come in and play well this season against Lane United. The Reds have been able to ride emotion from the Red Aces and put away teams before they even know what happened.

The two matches this week will go a long way in determining the stretch run for the Lane United season. Dominating at home and being competitive on the road has put the Reds in a position to accomplish goals set forth before the season began.

“There are 18 points left out there for us to play for this season,” Galas said. “We have to capitalize on this opportunity to close the gap between us and the Timbers U23’s. We are undefeated at home and hopefully that confidence will give us an advantage Thursday night.”

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UP NEXT: Lane United hosts Victoria Highlanders FC for a Thursday, Saturday two-match set next week on June 29 and July 1. Click here to get your tickets!   

Reds Record Second Draw with Calgary

June 18, 2017

Lane United went on the road to Canada for two important away matches in the race for the PDL Northwest Division title and came away with points twice. The second coming in the form of a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon at the Calgary Soccer Center.  

The Reds took the first lead of the two-match set in the 51st minute, after a 0-0 draw Friday and 141 minutes of total play between the two sides.

Nick Moon received a nice pass over the top from Jaime Miralles and finished inside the post past the Foothills keeper. It was just the second goal allowed in the last five matches for current division leader Foothills FC.

Calgary was able to find an equalizer in the 60th minute when Kyle Jones put away a penalty kick past the outstretched arms of a diving Ximo Miralles. Neither side was able to find the go-ahead goal in the final 30 leaving a point to each for second time in three days.

“I’m pleased with the way we played this weekend,” head coach John Galas said. “It’s always tough to play Calgary away. We were more aggressive going forward today and got the goal we wanted. Unfortunately we couldn’t secure the three points.”

As the season hits the home stretch the Reds (5-2-4 Overall, 2-2-4 PDL) return to the Les Schwab Sports Park for five of its last six league matches, a home field advantage that has been very good to Lane United thus far.

The Reds have outscored opponents by a combined score of 20-2 through its first five home matches of the season, including three friendlies and two league wins over TSS FC Rovers and Seattle Sounders U-23.

Tallying any points on the road is a welcomed sight for Lane United as they look to compete for the division title, especially when you are earning those points against the 2016 PDL runner-up and current division leader.

“I think the boys will feel a little disappointed with dropping two points today,” Galas added. “That said, our focus is now on Timbers U23. There’s still so much to play for in this very competitive NW Division.”

If the Reds are able to continue the strong home form they have shown so far in 2017 the schedule sets up nicely for a run to the PDL playoffs.  

Lane United returns home this Thursday, June 22 for a huge matchup with in-state and division rival Portland Timbers U-23 at 7:30pm. The Timbers sit right in front of LUFC and need your help to earn three points and continue moving up the table.

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Lane United Earns Important Away Point at Calgary

June 17, 2017

Lane United notched its third away point of the PDL season Friday in a 0-0 draw with Calgary Foothills FC at the Calgary Soccer Center.

The Reds (5-2-3 Overall, 2-2-3 PDL) sit at nine points in the Northwest Division, just one behind third place Portland Timbers U23 who played to a 2-2 draw with TSS FC Rovers.

After struggling with consistency on the road throughout the season, taking a point in the first of two weekend matches with the Northwest Division leader is great start to an important weekend.

Goalkeeper Ximo Miralles had an excellent save off a Calgary free kick from Ali Musse, helping him record a clean sheet against a side that had not been held scoreless all season until Friday.

Head coach John Galas was looking for his team to follow the game plan and play their style heading into the tough travel weekend and the Reds were able to accomplish that in the first match.

“I’m pleased with the performance,” Galas said. “The boys worked hard and followed the game plan. Looking forward to Sunday, we need to be as committed defensively, stay organized and be a bit more brave going forward.”

Lane United and Calgary Foothills FC will meet Sunday at 1pm PT for the second match of the weekend as the Reds look to continue moving up the PDL Northwest Division table.

The Reds return home Thursday, June 22 for a big matchup with in-state and division rival Portland Timbers U-23 at 7:30pm. Click here to get your print-at-home tickets and help us stay undefeated at home!

 

Key Weekend Awaits Lane United at Calgary

June 15, 2017

EUGENE — Lane United travels to Canada for an important weekend series that features large playoff implications at Calgary Foothills FC Friday and Sunday.

The Reds will play two in three days against 2016 PDL runner-up and current Northwest Division leader Foothills FC beginning with a 7:00pm match Friday at the Calgary Soccer Center.

Currently sitting in fourth place with eight points, Lane United is just one point behind third place Portland Timbers U-23 (9) and five points back of second place Seattle Sounders U-23 (13). Calgary sits atop the division with 15 points.

Lane United (5-2-2 overall, 2-2-2 PDL) is coming off a dominant 5-0 outing in a friendly against Southern Oregon Starphire FC Tuesday, a match that ran the Reds’ home goal differential to +18 at 20-2. Heading back out on the road to face a quality side like Calgary, Lane United will look to take some of what’s been working with them.

In its previous four away league matches the Reds have suffered from breakdowns in passing and giveaways at inopportune times that led to conceding goals. Left back Casey ChubbFertal has mentioned cleaning up those issues all comes down to training and playing with the same passion away from home that has led to being undefeated at the Les Schwab Sports Park.

“We need to have a strong mentality from the very start of the game, play with confidence and play our style,” ChubbFertal said. “We know playing on the road is very difficult, so we have to stick to our game plan and do what is needed to get a result. Another key is not looking ahead to the second game. We need to stay mentally locked in for the first game Friday.”

Calgary will present several challenges for the Reds to overcome, both with style of play and quality personnel. Lane United head coach John Galas is expecting more of a chess match than what he’s seen throughout the season thus far and knows they have players that will need to be contained as much as possible.

“They play good football and we’re looking forward to the style we will see this weekend,” Galas said. “They certainly have some dynamic players such as Ali Musse, Nico Pasquotti, and Kyle Jones is a tricky center mid. If Dominic Russo is back in the mix from his injury, he is a handful and Chris Rushworth is equally as dangerous.”

Calgary (5-1-0 PDL) has won three straight, all coming away from home, including a 1-0 result at Seattle and a weekend sweep at Victoria Highlanders FC by 1-0 and 3-1 marks. Lane United knows taking a step forward in the division and searching for a first league title begins with getting results against the defending champions.

“This will be a big challenge for us on the road, but it’s what you live for as a coach and player,” Galas said. “If we can get a result up there it will certainly help in our quest for a league title. They have tremendous talent and a wonderful team culture.”

If the Reds are able to get a result Friday night, that will go a long way for confidence heading into Sunday afternoon’s 1:00pm rematch. The same mentality away from the Les Schwab Sports Park has been what Lane United is searching for and a strong performance would certainly help as the season gets close to the home stretch.

“Calgary are proven winners in this league for a reason,” Galas said. “They know how to win games. That said, I think our boys are ready for the match and are very much looking forward to the encounter.”

Up Next: Lane United returns home for a match with in-state PDL rival Portland Timbers U-23 on June 22. Click here to get your print-at-home tickets and help the Reds stay undefeated at home!

Reds Dominant in Victory Over Starphire

June 14, 2017

EUGENE — The Reds have been dominant at home in 2017. Nothing changed in the third friendly of the season Tuesday.

Lane United put away four first half goals from four different players while coasting to a 5-0 victory over Southern Oregon Starphire FC at the Les Schwab Sports Park.

Scoring early and often has been a theme for Lane United (5-2-2 overall, 2-2-2 PDL) at home and that continued when Brandon Zambrano netted a rebound in the box off a shot from Isma Fernandez in the 13th minute.

That was only the beginning.

Just four minutes later Fernandez scored himself on a beautiful left-footed volley over the Starphire keeper who could only watch it sail over his head into the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage.

Fernandez was just getting started. He found his midfield running mate Vicente Mora open in front of the goal in the 41st minute and he finished with a strike from 15 out before turning to give a fist pump and yell to the Lane United fans.

Lane United’s fourth goal of the first half came just a minute after Mora’s score when Jaime Miralles put away a little chip shot past the Starphire keeper off a beautiful pass from Zambrano.

The defense and constant possession from the Reds limited opportunities for Starphire all game long, allowing just three shots with none of them coming on target against keeper Ben Willis.

Isma Fernandez rounded out the scoring when he sprinted down the middle and caught up to a pass from Miralles that he finished past the outstretched arms of the keeper for his second goal of the night.

A goal for head coach John Galas coming into Tuesday’s match was to get a lot of players minutes and keep some others in rhythm who hadn’t seen a lot of action in recent weeks. The Reds were able to accomplish that while running their goal differential to +18 in home matches, outscoring opponents by a combined 20-2.

“It’s good to get guys minutes who hadn’t seen a lot of action in league games recently,” Galas said. “I’m happy with the performance. Five goals, good possession, attacking and defending. It was a good tuneup for us heading into an important week against Calgary.”

Lane United travels to Canada for two important matchups with PDL Northwest Division leader Foothills FC Friday and Sunday. Two matches that could go a long ways to playoff hopes for the Reds if they are able to get a result.

“We were able to work on some tactical things tonight in terms of possession and not being careless with the ball,” Galas said. “It’ll be a huge game for us Friday. Obviously we’ll take one game at a time, but if we can get a result that sets us up really nicely for Sunday. We have a ton to play for, so we need to go up there with the right mindset and compete.”

Lane United returns home Thursday, June 22 for a big matchup with in-state and division rival Portland Timbers U-23 at 7:30pm. Click here to get your print-at-home tickets and help us stay undefeated at home!      

 

Starphire FC Visit for Third 2017 Friendly

June 13, 2017

Lane United looks to continue its 2017 dominance at home as Southern Oregon Starphire visit the Les Schwab Sports Park for a 7pm Tuesday kickoff in a quick break from the PDL schedule.

The Reds (4-2-2 overall, 2-2-2 PDL)  are undefeated on the home pitch through the first four matches of the season, outscoring opponents by a combined 15-2 mark. The last a 4-1 victory over current PDL Northwest Division second place team Seattle Sounders U-23.

Coming off a tough return trip to Seattle Friday where Sounders U-23 got revenge in a 3-0 victory, Lane United will try to get back to what’s been working at home. Scoring first and applying continuous pressure on opposing sides.  

Goals have come early and often at home as LUFC has scored at least three each time out, while allowing just the two in return. A mid-week friendly will allow the Reds to get a number of players minutes and help a few others heal up some nagging injuries.

“We will be able to play a lot of players tonight which is what we want,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “We need to get a few guys some minutes, and keep them in rhythm.”

The Reds will look to use a strong performance Tuesday as a springboard towards a weekend trip to PDL NW Division leader Calgary Foothills FC. The longest trip of the season that features two games in three days against a very good opponent.    

“With a tough weekend ahead of us in Calgary, we will spread the minutes out throughout about 20 guys tonight,” Galas said. “We’re looking forward to playing in front our fans again tonight against a very good opponent in the Starphire. It will be a good test for us.”

Southern Oregon Starphire FC is in 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.

The Starphire are 2-1-0 through three PPL matches on the season, including a 2-1 win over Chico City Rangers FC and a 3-2 victory over Redding Royals 2.

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