Eugene is the second-largest city in Oregon, with about 160,000 residents. Its neighboring city Springfield, has about 60,000 residents. There is a well-established sports culture in the area, centered on the University of Oregon’s athletic teams and on the elite track & field culture—the city hosts the U.S. Olympic trials every four years and hundreds of world-class athletes from all over the globe train here year-round.
More than anywhere else in the U.S., the Pacific Northwest has embraced the growth of American professional soccer. The Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, and Vancouver Whitecaps sell out most of their home games. Eugene is home to a branch of the Timbers Army fan club, the Echo Squadron, which drives two hours up to Portland for Timbers home games and organizes viewings in establishments around Eugene and Springfield for those who are unable to make the drive. Since 2013, Lane United’s first year of existence, there has been a huge amount of crossover support from Echo Squadron members to Lane United FC fans.
The support has continued throughout the club’s existence in the Premier Development League. The Red Aces, the official supporters’ group of Lane United, routinely fill out the southern end of the grandstand at the Willamalane Center fields and occasionally hold pyrotechnic displays.
Eugene Cascades & Coast has an excellent page dedicated to providing information on local sports. If you are considering a move or visit to the Eugene/Springfield area, check out the Chamber of Commerce Facts & Figures page for a summary of statistics and information about the Lane County area, including climate and cost of living.
Please use the e-mail form on the Contact page of our website if you have any questions about the area, or if you are interested in playing for Lane United FC in the future.