Monthly Archives: May 2018


Match Preview LUFC vs Timbers U23

May 31, 2018

Lane United will be back in action Friday, June 1 for the next home match against local rival, Timbers U23.  Kick off is set for 7:00pm at Les Schwab Sports Park.

Timbers U23 come down from their new home in Salem with a tied record to that of the Red’s, 1-2-1 but a -3 goal differential score. Coming off of their most recent draw against top of the table, Calgary FC, where they got the point just seconds before the final whistle blew. Both teams were playing with 10 men, as both sides were shown red cards. The Timbers top goal scorers are Malcom Dixon with two goals, and Camden Riley and Abjulkadir Haji each with one goal on the season.

The Red’s are coming off of two hard fought battles over the weekend, a 0-1 loss against Victoria Highlanders and a 1-1 draw with Sounders U23. The game against Sounders U23, proved to be the hardest to swallow as the Red’s were up 1-0 until the last kick of the game when a ball fell to the feet of Seattle’s forward at midfield who took the ball all the way into the Red’s box before slotting the ball in the back of the net.

“Huge test for us Friday night.  Timbers coming off a tough Calgary trip and they’ll be as good as advertised.  They have some real quality on the field with Ortiz, Michel, Magana-Rivera and Dixon, all from University of Portland.  This will be yet another stern test for us.  Haji is proving to be one of the best midfielders in our division, and GK Zach Nelson is one of the top GK in the nation.  We will have to  play a complete 90 minutes for a result against a very good team.  I don’t think we have played a complete match to date, if this team can overcome a few mental breakdowns in matches, we can be as good as anyone is this league.  We are heading into the crux of the season, dropping points at home is not an option.” Says Coach Galas

As the two teams are tied in record, this game will be an important one for both sides. Kick off is set for 7pm at Les Schwab Sports Park. Single game tickets are available here.

Match Recap: LUFC vs Sounders U23

May 27, 2018

Sunset Stadium, WA – Lane United FC and Sounders U23 set off for their second match up of the 2018 season resulting in a 1-1 draw with goals scored by Lane United’s, Willie Spurr and Sounders’ Maguraushe. Prior to this, the two teams played at Les Schwab Sports Park last Sunday resulting in a 3-1 LUFC loss, bringing a lot of tension to this match. On top of that, both teams had matches on Friday, Sounders played TSS Rovers, coming out with a 2-2 draw, where they gave up two late goals and Lane United coming off of a 1-0 loss to Victoria Highlanders.

The game started off much like their previous match up, a lot of possession between the boxes, not many dangerous chances going either direction. Going into half time a 0-0 draw brought out a lot of energy for the second half.

The second half started quickly with shots for both sides equating to more in the first 5 minutes than the entire previous half. Then in the 74th minute, Nick Moon got the ball just outside the box on the left side of the field, beat his defender and sent a lofted cross into the back post to the head of Willie Spurr. Spurr redirected the ball with his header back to the near post to bring LUFC up 1-0.

The next 15 minutes were spent playing hard defense for the Red’s as the Sounders pressed hard to get a goal back. Sounders got their chance in the 93rd minute when Maguraushe picked the ball up just under half field from a long ball forward, ran at the Red’s back line, had one blocked shot that ended up back at his feet, and finally he put it in the back of the net for the equalizer just before the game was called.

“Tough one to swallow today. I feel bad for the boys. They put in a wonderful team performance. Unfortunately we didn’t manage injury time very well and ultimately cost us two points. I’m extremely proud of their ability to execute the game plan, they we superb in that regard, but in this league, and I hope we learn from it, we have to finish plays and close games out. Honestly it feels like a loss. At the end of the day we’ll take a point on the road against a very good Sounders team, but this one stings a bit. “ Says Coach Galas.

Lane United’s goal scored by Willie Spurr was his third goal on the season. This result brings Lane United to 1-2-1 record. The Red’s will be back in action to take on Timbers U23 back at home on Friday June 1.

Match Recap LUFC vs Highlanders

May 25, 2018

Centennial Stadium, Victoria– Tonight’s match against the Victoria Highlanders was a battle of midfields with the home team Highlanders edging out the LUFC Reds on a 1-0 win.

The first half was evenly matched with one good chance for the Red’s narrowly missing on the first goal of the game. Going into half at a 0-0 stalemate, led the Highlanders to come out with a quick start and scored early in the second half. In the 49th minute a cross from the right side of the field that was cleared to the top of the box to the feet of Cory Bent who calmly placed the ball in the back of the net.

“Certainly disappointed with the result.  0-0 at the break and to come out of the dressing room and concede within 4 minutes was disappointing.  We did some good things tonight, had a few chances, but we are not playing with the focus we need to get results in this ever so tough division.  We will have to regroup, and come prepared for a battle on Sunday vs the Sounders who are coming off a draw vs TSS tonight.  Up 2-0 and to concede two goals in the closing minutes certainly won’t make coach Sawatsky pleased, we will be in a dog fight Sunday. “

This result brings Lane United to a 1-2-0 record. The Reds next game will be Sunday, May 27th at 2:00pm for the second match up this season against the Sounders U-23.

 

Match Recap: LUFC vs Sounders U23

May 20, 2018

Eugene, OR- This afternoon’s match against Sounders U23 proved to be the first big challenge for the Red’s as they fell to a 3-1 loss. The match was looking good for the Reds when it opened up with a Lane United goal in the 12th minute by Willie Spurr assisted by Gloire Amanda. Though a hard fought first 45 minutes, the remainder of the first half was played in the midfield, with only a few chances weighing a little more towards the Sounders.

The second half started slow but built into a strong 10 minute stretch for the Sounders when they scored three consecutive goals spanning the 61st and 70th minutes. The first goal of the year for Sounders U23 was by Santiago Patino. That was followed quickly by a second in the 65th minute by Ozzie Ramos and the scoring finished for the day in the 70th minute with the Sounders third and final goal, another by Patino.

“This was a game of two halves. Full credit to Sounders for capitalizing on their chances in the second half. I thought we managed the first half well, and unfortunately we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be in the second. When we needed to make plays we didn’t. They were as advertised, hard working disciplined and dangerous on sets and their strikers certainly made it difficult for us in the second half.” Said coach John Galas.

This was the first game of the season for the Sounders U23 and the second league match for Lane United. Today’s result gives LUFC a 1-1 record in the PDL Northwest Conference league play. The Reds are away for back to back matches, May 25th in Canada for a match against Victoria Highlanders followed by another game against the Sounders 23 in Seattle on the 27th. Lane United will return home again on Friday a June 1 for a darby match against local rivals, Timbers U23. 

Match Preview: LUFC vs Sounders FC

May 19, 2018

Eugene, OR – Sunday May 20th marks the PDL Northwest Conference kick off at Les Schwab Sports Park. LUFC opened the league up last weekend on the road at TSS FC Rovers with a resounding 4-1 victory. This weekend they will face another strong opponent from the north, Sounders U23.

The game kicks off at 2PM at Les Schwab Sports Park and will be the first chance for Red’s fans to tryout the newly installed bleachers.

This will be the season’s first match for the Sounders U23. They are coached by General Manager and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky who is assisted by Mike Jennings, Jason Prenovost and Alejandro Charif.

After last week’s win in Canada against TSS FC Rovers, the Lane United Red’s are looking to get another good result in league play. “This will be a huge early test for us. Sounders are always well coached, extremely organized and will be competitive. We will have to be sharp in all areas of the game to get a result.  We’ve had some wonderfully competitive matches with the Sounders U23’s over the years and this will be no exception.” Says Coach John Galas.

Sunday’s game will be the first look fans will get at the new renovations made at Les Schwab Sports Park including a new grand stand bleacher along the east side of the pitch. It will also be the last chance to purchase season tickets for the season, which are now available online here

LUFC Reserve Roster

May 15, 2018
As the season and roster progress LUFC would like to announce the reserve roster for the 2018 Red’s. Many of these players have shown their ability to improve and add to the quality of the Red’s in games leading up to the home opener this Sunday, May 20th at 2:00pm at Les Schwab Sports Park.
The 2018 reserve roster is as listed below.
Alex Baker
Jacob Thielke
Anthony Armenta
Simon Mayberry
Jake Hoffman
Eric Johnson
Alex Abalan
Calvin Mitchell
Tommy Case
Giovani Brigola
Rolando Velazquez

Match Recap: League Opener vs TSS FC Rovers

May 14, 2018

Vancouver, BC- Tonight’s PDL Northwest Conference league opener and first game for the TSS FC Rovers turned out to be an excellent night for the Red’s. The game opened up in the 19th minute with a booming volley goal from the top of the box from forward, Kyle Coffee. Coffee comes from the University of Washington and will only be with the Red’s for a few short weeks, but he took no time to break into stride with the squad.

The second and third goals followed almost back to back, yet again by Kyle Coffee in the 30th and and 34th minute. The second goal of the night came off of a cross from Macchione with a clinic volley finish, followed quickly by his third from an excellent Coffee header from the right side of the pitch.

Going into half time with a 3-0 lead didnt allow any room for LUFC to take the foot off the pedal as they came out and notched their fourth and final goal of the night in the the 61st minute off of a corner to the back post that was masterfully put away off of a great volley by Anthony Macchione.

The Rovers got their first goal on the season in the 76th minute to put TSS FC on the score board. Despite a few more good chances, the Red’s held the score to a 4-1 victory to walk away from the first Northwest Conference game of the season in great standings.

“Pleased with tonight’s performance. A few nervous moments early, but overall I’m really happy for the boys. They deserved this result tonight.  TSS do a fantastic job, they’re tremendous hosts, and extremely professional in everything they do. Overall yes, very pleased for the positive start to the season.” Says Coach John Galas.

The Red’s next match will be the league home opener for the Red’s at Les Schwab Sports Park at 2:00PM this Sunday, May 20th. The game will be the inaugural game of the next stadium seating around our home pitch!

2018 Roster Updates: Kyle Coffee, Lucas Hauswirth & Corban Anderson

May 13, 2018

Lane United FC announces a trio from the University of Washington who will be joining the Reds through early June, Kyle Coffee, Lucas Hauswirth and Corban Anderson.

Coffee is a red shirt senior who appeared in 14 matches, making 10 starts after missing time early in the season to injury. He earned Second-Team All-Pac-12 and tallied six goals on the season including five in the final six games of the year. He redshirted his freshman year and then went on to play in every game over the next two seasons.

Hauswirth is also a redshirt senior who was one of two players to start all 20 matches. He scored two goals and added an assist. He led the team in minutes played with 1,718. During his time at the University of Washington he has played in 57 games, totaled 3 goals and 2 assists.

Anderson is also going into his senior year at the University of Washington. He has played in 48 games over his three years at UW, scored 1 goal and charted 2 assists.

 

The three will only be temporarily with the Reds due to schedule conflicts, but we would like to welcome them to the Red’s for the short time they will be with us.

LUFC League Opener vs TSS FC Rovers

The Northwest Conference opens up tomorrow night with Lane United vs TSS Rovers in beautiful British Columbia at 7:00 PM at Swanguard Stadium. This will be the first match for TSS Rovers at home this year. Swanguard Stadium is a special place for the Rovers, as it is the former playing grounds of Canadian National Teams as well as the Vancouver 86ers.

The Rovers are coached by Colin Elmes, who holds a Canadian Soccer Association National B License and is also the owner of the club. While and club general manager, Will Cromack will work as his assistant coach with the help of another friend to work as a video analyst, and a colleague of Elmes’ will work as the goalkeeper coach.

The Lane United Red’s are coming off of a great performance against Starphire FC with a resounding 5-2 win. The match showed the improvement in the attack that coach John Galas has been working on throughout the week’s training sessions. This will be the first test in the PDL for both TSS and LUFC.

 

“We’ve had a good couple of weeks in preparation for the opener. We were able to play a few friendlies, look at a few different lineups and systems and we are excited to finally open league play. We’ll be missing a few key players, however I think we’ve had a great week of training and I think the boys will be up for the challenge Monday night. “ says coach a John Galas.

 

The Reds take off for Vancouver today. Tomorrow’s Kick off is at 7pm at Swanguard Stadium.

LUFC Announces 3 more Roster Updates

May 12, 2018

Lane United FC announces three more additions to this season’s roster, Rolando Velazquez, Brannon Romac, and Anthony Armenta.

Velazquez is a returning Red who comes to LUFC from Corban University where he helped them achieve the most historically successful season in Warrior history. Velazquez started in 21 games, scoring 9 goals with 7 assists in his senior year. During his first season with LUFC he played in three games and was an integral part of the creativity that coach John Galas was trying to instill in the LUFC style of play.

Romac comes to Lane United FC having last played at Concordia University where he missed one game as a senior while making starts in all other 16 contests. He scored one goal and tied for second on the team with three assists. Logged 1,410 total minutes on the field, good for second on the team. He transferred to Concordia University after his sophomore year from Shasta College where he earned Offensive MVP honors as a sophomore and picked up all-section honors both seasons at Shasta.

Armenta is a goal keeper who will play at Lane Community College. He comes from Clackamas High School where he graduated in 2015. In Clackamas High School’s state championship effort, Armenta won goalkeeper of the year in 2015. He recently signed his letter of intent to attend Lane Community College this year as a part of the Northwest Athletic Conference.