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Lane United adds three more players to this season’s roster. Three Oregon State University players will trade in their Beaver orange and black for the Lane United red; Hassani Dotson, Matthis Binder and Eric Diaz.
Hassani Dotson – Going into his senior season at Oregon State, Dotson is a pacific northwest local phenom coming out of Washington’s Crossfire Academy. Dotson has charted over 17 games in every season playing in both the midfield and fullback roles. His must successful season was his junior season where he received honors as a Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention. Dotson will be joining LUFC for the second season as a midfielder hoping to continue to build off of the successes of his most recent college season.
“Another dynamic, versatile and athletic midfielder, Hassani will give us much quality and depth this year. I love his work-rate, his attitude and competitiveness and expect great things from him this summer and into his final campaign at OSU in the fall. ” – John Galas
Matthias Binder – A Redshirt midfield junior joins LUFC again from Oregon State. Binder transferred from Wisconsin-Milwaukee after three years where he appeared in 35 games with 34 started. He charted 8 points after two foals and four assists during the 2015-2016 seasons. He saw 2,646 minutes before transferring to OSU where he has logged 663 minutes over the last season. This last season he appeared in 12 matches and had 9 starts. Binder comes to the US from Bad Fish, Austria.
“ Binder is such a dynamic center mid, who fits our style of play so well. Having him back for his third season gives us both experience and leadership in the midfield and in the locker room. As he prepares for his final year at Oregon State in the fall, this is an important summer for him, and I look forward to working with him again. ” – John Galas
Eric Diaz – Joins LUFC as a junior defender from Woodburn, OR. Diaz appeared in 35 matches with 27 starts in his first two seasons with Oregon State. He also ended the season with one assist and one game winner out of nine shots on the season. Diaz is a Portland Timbers Academy alum.
LUFC has finalized the 2018 schedule after adding some additional out-of-league and exhibition games. With 11 home games and three games each against local rivals like Seattle U23 and Timbers U23, we are excited to officially announce Lane United’s full 2018 schedule.
To see full schedule with locations click here https://www.laneunitedfc.com/2018-schedule
We are thrilled to announce another former Lane United FC Red who has signed with a USL club. Jordan Jones has signed with Houston Dynamo’s USL affiliate club, RGVFC Toros, announced yesterday.
” Jordan is such an athletic, hard-working goal scorer, I think he will fit in well with the Toros, and have a successful first year as a pro. He has worked so hard on his craft, and this is well deserved” – John Galas
Jones was drafted by Los Angeles FC with the 47th overall pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The Pacific Grove, California native played for Oregon State University where he scored 29 goals and dished four assists during his college career. Jones was named to the Second Team All-Pacific 12 Conference in 2016 and 2017.
Jones was a member of the 2015 and 2016 LUFC squad. During his time Jordan was the first-choice strike partner for Khiry Shelton. Jones joined LUFC from Oregon State where, as a freshman, he started 16 of the Beavers’ 21 matches and knocked in 8 goals, good for third on the team.
“I enjoyed the two seasons I spend with Lane United. I am very thankful for the time and effort John Galas put into my development as a player and couldn’t have asked for a better group of players to be around. There was always a very high standard with everything done at the club, which was something I really appreciated. I wish nothing but the best for John, his staff, and the rest of the team as they prepare for the upcoming PDL season.” – Jordan Jones
LA Galaxy II have signed goalkeeper and former Red, Wade Hamilton announced yesterday. Hamilton is from Murrieta, California and joins Los Dos after two seasons with Portland Timbers 2.
“We are thrilled for Wade to continue his professional career this year with the USL LA Galaxy II. They are getting a wonderful talent, but above all a great person. I’m sure Wade is delighted to be home playing in front of his friends and family.” Says Coach John Galas.
Hamilton was drafted by Portland Timbers in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and made his debut for the team on June 29, 2016. In his two seasons with Portland Timbers 2, Hamilton made 22 appearances.
Hamilton was a member of the 2014 LUFC squad from his now alma mater, Cal Poly. During that time he was also called in with the U23 National team.
Lane United FC have continued to strengthen the relationship forged with Creighton University to help build the 2018 roster. After former Red and Creighton University alum, Ricky Lopez-Espin was drafted in this year’s MLS superdraft to Real Salt Lake, LUFC was happy to bring in a few more Creighton players to add to this season’s roster.
Joining the 2018 squad, LUFC has committed Creighton University’s Antony Macchione, Julius Fohr (pending ITC) and Paul Kruse (pending ITC).
Macchione A returning LUFC Red and Creighton redshirt junior and a classic #9. He transferred from Akron during the spring of 2017. During his time with Akron, he appeared in 18 matches as a freshman and 13 as a sophomore before transferring to Creighton where he competed in their spring season logging 4 matches and 1 goal. Macchione is a Portland Timbers Academy alum where he led the team in goals with three game winners in 2012 and 2013.
“ Excited to have Anthony back with us this summer. I am delighted to work with him again and expect him to have a big impact this summer. He is so clinical in front of goal, and if he finds his form, I think he’ll have a great summer and carry that into his fall campaign with Creighton” – John Galas
Fohr A center back and international from Berlin, Germany, has just finished his freshman season at Creighton. He appeared in 19 matches, starting in 14 of them, becoming the only freshman to log over 1,000 minutes in his freshman season. He also notched one point on an assist against No. 12 Loyola- Chicago. Prior to Creighton he played most recently at the club level for SpVgg Burgbrohl. Fohr’s participation is still pending league and International approval.
“ Julius comes to us highly recommended from Creighton and I think he will fit in well with this group we are building. He logged some good minutes at Creighton this past fall and showed his quality throughout the year. I am really looking forward to working with him this summer and help in his continued development.” – John Galas
Paul Kruse – Creighton University charts its fourth member of this season’s LUFC roster with the addition of goalkeeper, Paul Kruse. Kruse just began his freshman year in December, joining the BlueJays just in time for the 2018 spring season. Kruse is originally from Heibronn, Germany where he compete with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Academy. He led the squad to the 2016 German National Championship and is a part of the U18 German National Team Pool.
“ Paul continues our long line of quality goalkeeping at this club. The “Big German” has a great pedigree spending time with the U18 German National Team and will immediately compete for playing time this summer. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him as he prepares for his first full collegiate season this fall at Creighton. ” – John Galas
Philadelphia, PN – January 21, 2018, this year’s MLS draft started with Los Angeles FC and ended four rounds and 81 picks later bringing in new talent from across the country and the world. This year LUFC tallied four former Reds being picked up in the MLS draft in the pursuit of joining their new senior sides.
Amer Sasivarevic – FC Dallas – FC Dallas selected Sasivarevic in the 3rd Round of the 2018 MLS draft. Sasivarevic was an integral part of LUFC’s defensive unit for two seasons. Amer joined the Reds from Grand Canyon University where he had a stellar career, playing in 50 matches between 2014-2017. Amer’s technical and attacking abilities should feature well within FC Dallas’ playing style under head coach Oscar Pareja. The RSL Academy product will look to sign his first professional contract in 2018. “Amer is such a wonderful young man, a gifted left footed player who loves to get forward. I wish him the best of luck as he pursues his professional career. He has all the tools to be successful at the next level” said LUFC Head Coach John Galas.
Ricky Lopez-Espin – Real Salt – After trading the club’s first round pick for to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $85,000 general allocation money, RSL took their 33rd overall draft pick to select Creighton University Forward and LUFC standout, Ricky Lopez-Espin. Lopez-Espin scored 30 goals and had 7 assists in 74 appearances at his alma mater. During his senior season, Lopez-Espin scored 12 goals in 18 matches. The 6’2 striker was a United Soccer Coaches First Team All-Great Lakes Region, Big East Conference Player of the Year, and First Team All-Big East Conference selection in 2017. “Ricky is a talented player. His quality was evident the first training session he had with Lane United in 2016. He can not only create goals, he is a proven finisher. He is built for MLS and we expect great things from him at the next level” said Coach Galas.
Timmy Mueller – Portland Timbers – Post Falls, ID native who attended OSU was drafted in the 3rd round by the Portland Timbers. After being drafter, Mueller decided to pursue his professional career in Switzerland with SR Delemont. Mueller was Pac12 freshman of the year with 23 goals and 10 assists in 67 games in his college soccer career. During his time at LUFC Mueller was named PDL All-League first team after leading the Northwest division with 9 goals in 11 games and was also voted as the 2015 “Young Player of the Year “. “Timmy is prolific goal scorer. He proved that in the PAC-12, and in the PDL while playing with LUFC. I think he can do exceptionally well in Europe as a professional, and we wish him all the best” said Coach Galas.
Jordan Jones – Los Angeles FC – With the 47th overall draft pick LAFC selected Oregon State forward Jordan Jones. After being drafted by LAFC, Jones was not signed and is now in preseason with NY Red Bulls. Jones scored 29 goals with 4 assists in his college soccer career. Jones was selected to the second team all PAC-12 conference team over the last two seasons while playing for OSU. During his two seasons with Lane United, Jones solidified himself as one of the conferences’ premier strikers. “Jordan, much like Mueller is a terrific athlete first and foremost. He is such a tremendous competitor, and a proven goal scorer. He too can score in a variety of ways, from the simplest of tap-ins to the spectacular. I am looking forward to seeing how he performs with his new club.” said Coach Galas.
“Having four young men drafted in this year’s MLS draft is a testament to their hard work and commitment to the game. We are fortunate to be able to attract some the top talent in the country year in and year out and help them on their respective journey to the professional level” – John Galas
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The 2018 Schedule is now up and can be found HERE.
The Reds will open with a friendly on May 4th against Northwest Christian University. That match will feature a handful of players who will be invited to participate after the open tryouts in April, details of which will be announced shortly.
Additional friendlies are currently being scheduled and will be posted as soon as those have been arranged. After that, tickets will be made available here on the website, and at a ticket launch party to be announced soon.
SPRINGFIELD — Offensive woes came back to haunt the Reds again in the season finale at the Les Schwab Sports Park Sunday, ultimately ending in a 3-0 loss to the Portland Timbers U23’s in front of a season-high crowd of 569 fans.
Lane United (8-6-5 Overall, 3-6-5 PDL) struggled to find opportunities on goal against the the Portland defense all game long, tallying just four shots against goalkeeper Jordan Farr.
The win for Portland clinched a Northwest Division title for Timbers U23 after Victoria Highlanders played to a 1-1 draw on the road at Calgary Foothills FC.
Lane United’s home defeats throughout the season came when the Reds struggled to create chances on the offensive end. This happened again Sunday as LUFC was without forward Jordan Jones who was tied with his running mate Nick Moon for the team lead in goals at six.
Two of the Portland goals came on giveaways from Lane United in very poor locations near the box that didn’t give goalkeeper Ben Willis a chance to make a save. Those giveaways are hard to overcome, especially when the offense isn’t running smoothly.
“We talked coming in that the longer we stayed in the game it would be more pressure on the Timbers because they needed to win to take the division title,” head coach John Galas said. “When you gift a team two goals like that, a good team that’s in rhythm and playing exceptionally well it’s going to be tough to get back in it.”
Lane United goalkeeper Ben Willis made six saves against an attacking Portland front line, including a fantastic diving save to his right to knock away a shot that was headed for the back of the net.
Throughout the season the Reds missed a few chances here and made some mistakes there that led to dropping important points that may have changed the outcome of some matches leading to a different stretch run.
It’s all part of the learning curve in the Premier Development League.
“This group was certainly committed, they fought and they worked hard,” Galas said. “It’s a good group, we have so much quality in that locker room. I’ll go to war with these guys any day. It’s been a fun group to work with all summer.”
EUGENE — Lane United is set to host in-state rival Portland Timbers U23 in the season finale Sunday at the Les Schwab Sports Park. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.
The Reds (3-5-5 PDL, 8-5-5 Overall) are looking to finish strong after posting a 7-1 victory over Victoria and earning a 1-1 draw against division leader Calgary in their last two PDL matches. The latter being the third point earned this year against the 2016 national finalists.
Portland (7-2-4 PDL) enters the last match of the season having clinched a playoff spot in the Northwest Division. The Timbers will face Calgary in the play-in game, with the host to be determined based on this week’s results.
For Lane United head coach John Galas, his message to the team won’t be anything different from the approach they’ve had all season.
“Cup final mentality,” Galas said. “We want to win regardless of where we are in the table and regardless of the opponent. We’re looking to finish the season on a high note and reward our fans who have been great all year with three points.”
The matchups with Portland take on a bigger meaning than other opponents in the league to some of the Lane United players. A few of them have played for both programs during their careers and want to perform at their best when taking on friends and former teammates.
One of those players is defender Peter Prescott, a member of the Timbers U23’s last season and a part of the program for five years all together.
“It’s always fun when we play them and there’s certainly a little more to it,” Prescott said. “We play a lot of these guys in college and we know them well. It’ll be a really good thing for us to try and get the victory Sunday. It’s a rivalry through and through.”
Portland may be playing Sunday for the right to host the play-in match for the PDL playoffs against Calgary. Foothills FC lead the Timbers by two points heading into their match vs. Victoria Sunday afternoon. The Timbers will know whether they have that option available before they kickoff against Lane United.
“Depending on who they select for the match we expect them to come out and play for three points, however the personnel on the field may be a bit different,” John Galas said. “System wise I expect them to roll out in a 4-3-3 with high pressure and look to get their outside backs as far up the field as possible. They play good football and they are possession oriented much like us.”
In what has been three tense and physical matches between Lane United and Portland so far this season, Sunday is sure to be very similar with playoff ramifications and pride on the line for the two sides.
The players for the Reds want this group to be remembered as one that continued to build the Lane United program and recorded the most PDL points in LUFC’s short history.
“We want to finish this season strong, all the guys are excited to play,” Peter Prescott said. “Each year Lane United has gotten better and better and we really want to make a name for ourselves.”
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