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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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LUFC Drops Away Match at Sounders U-23

June 10, 2017

Lane United couldn’t get much going offensively in a 3-0 defeat at Seattle Sounders U-23 Friday night.

Adam Jones recorded a hat trick for Seattle and goalkeeper Cameron Frost recorded a clean sheet with three saves to keep the Reds off the scoreboard.

The tables were turned on Lane United after putting on a dominant performance against the same club in a 4-1 victory over the Sounders at the Les Schwab Sports Park the week before.

Jones put away the first goal in the 40th minute off assists from Miguel Berry and Derek Johnson. He followed that with his second and third goals in the 63rd and 82nd minute, respectively.

It was tough for the Reds to create chances at the offensive end against a tough Seattle defense that has allowed just six goals in seven PDL matches. Four of those goals allowed coming in the match last week against Lane United.

Nick Moon recorded two shots to lead Lane United, followed by Jordan Jones, Vicente Mora, Matthias Binder and Isma Fernandez who all took one shot.

Ximo Miralles played all 90 minutes in goal four the fourth straight match and recorded a save.

The loss drops the Reds to 4-2-2 overall and 2-2-2 in league play. Lane United will get another chance to earn its first league road wins of the season with two matches at Northwest Division leader Calgary Foothills FC next weekend.

Up Next: Lane United will look to stay undefeated at home as Southern Oregon Starphire visit for the third friendly of the season Tuesday, June 13. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm from the Les Schwab Sports Park.

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Reds Look For Away Win at Sounders U23 Friday

June 8, 2017

EUGENE — Lane United travels to face Seattle Sounders U-23 for the second time in as many weeks Friday at 7:30pm for an important PDL Northwest Division matchup between two sides with playoff aspirations.

The Reds remained unbeaten at home in 2017 after defeating Seattle 4-1 at the Les Schwab Sports Park last week, putting away four against a club who had allowed just one goal in its four previous PDL matches.

Left back Casey ChubbFertal, who recorded a goal and assist in last week’s match liked the way his teammates kept the pressure on after scoring an early goal. Lane United eventually put Sounders U-23 in a 3-0 hole after the first 45 minutes of play.

Facing a strong side on the road will be a tougher task for the Reds (4-1-2 overall, 2-1-2 PDL)  as they haven’t been able to find the same results away from home so far this season. However after continued work in training and getting more comfortable with teammates as each day goes by a step forward is bound to happen.

“It starts in training,” ChubbFertal said. “It’s a mentality and we need to start games like we did Friday. We know it’s tough on the road with the away fans and playing away from home, but we’re working towards that and seeing the progress as games go. So hopefully we can bring that attitude this week.”

Head coach John Galas was happy with the result in last week’s 4-1 victory, but would like to see improvement in transition and better quality on the break. Two things that will lead to more scoring chances and will help the Reds get the away result they are looking for.

“Last week was a great team performance with four different goal scorers, but that game is over and done with,” Galas said. “Friday’s game will be our most difficult yet. We’ve never beaten the Sounders away from home.”

Finishing scoring chances with goals was the biggest problem for Lane United last season, but a big step in the right direction in 2017 has been putting away those chances. Even with one less match played, Lane United’s 12 goals forced sit tied atop the division in scoring with Calgary Foothills FC.

Seattle is coming off a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers U-23 at home Sunday after getting a late stoppage time equalizer from John Dale to secure a point. Sounders are a side that has relied on defense and goalkeeping with just seven goals forced and six goals allowed, but four of those allowed goals came against Lane United.

“As expected the Sounders will be organized, hard to break down and tremendously dangerous in transition and set pieces,” Galas said. “They’ll have a few key players back that we will need to pay particular attention to. This will be a great test for our boys as they look to climb up the league table.”

Up Next: Lane United returns home for its third friendly of 2017 when Southern Oregon Starphire visit the Les Schwab Sports Park Tuesday, June 13 for a 7:00pm kickoff.

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Lane United Scores Early, Often in Win Over Sounders U-23

June 3, 2017

By Keeler McJunkin

EUGENE — Lane United has been unbeatable at home thus far in 2017. The Reds have put pressure on visiting sides by scoring early goals and continuing to press after getting a lead on the scoreboard.

Those trends continued Friday at the Les Schwab Sports Park as Lane United defeated PDL Northwest Division co-leader Seattle Sounders U-23 by a 4-1 score. The four goals coming against a club who had allowed just one in its four previous PDL matches.

The Reds (4-1-2 overall, 2-1-2 PDL) got on the board in the sixth minute when Casey ChubbFertal hit a left-footed cross from 22 yards out to forward Nick Moon inside the box. Moon finished with a beautiful diving header that went top right near post and gave Lane United the early advantage again.

“Chubbs played a beautiful ball to me, I ended up getting my head on it and finishing perfectly,” Moon said. “I was excited to get the first one on the board and really get us going.”

That opened the floodgates for the Reds and was a big confidence boost to take an early lead on one of the top clubs in the division. Lane United controlled possession for the majority of the next half hour which limited chances and opportunities for the Sounders to find an equalizer.

Before Seattle could get close to scoring Casey ChubbFertal found one for himself. He blasted a clinical low curler that snuck in far post from the left side of the box 14 yards out. That goal really deflated the Sounders as they fell behind by two scores and gave Lane United even more energy.

The third Lane United goal of the first half came on a set piece from Matthias Binder on an extra time free kick. Binder took a curling shot over the Sounders wall from 21 yards out, freezing keeper Paul Christianson who couldn’t even try to get to the ball in the top corner.

“I think we put the pressure on them right away and really went at them in the first half,” ChubbFertal said. “Three goals is fantastic in a whole game, so in a half it’s perfect.”

Seattle would get one back in the 55th minute off a goal from Derek Johnson, but that was all the Sounders U23 were able to manage. A big credit to the defense of the Reds who limited chances all night.

“We were able to keep the pressure up throughout the game,” ChubbFertal said. “We let one slip there early in the second half, but we did well to control most of the rest of the half.”

Lane United’s final score came courtesy of Jordan Jones in the 79th minute. He found an open net in front of him off a pass from Anthony Macchione and walked in the goal to reach the final score of 4-1.

Reds’ head coach John Galas has stressed the need for his club to put together more of a complete match and he saw that start to come to fruition Friday. A combination of his players getting more time on the pitch with each other and quality training.

“We showed great character tonight and this game gave us a little of everything,” Galas said. “Seattle possessed at times, had set pieces and they threw numbers at us. We still need to work on transition. I think our quality on the break wasn’t as good as it could have been. We’ll keep working in training, next week is our focus now.”

Lane United faces Seattle Sounders U-23 on the road next Friday in what will be a tough challenge for the Reds to come away with points. A key will be putting together an away performance like LUFC has shown at home throughout the season.

Earning points on the road will go a long way to determining playoff teams in the PDL Northwest Division. Lane United sits in a good spot with several games against the top half of the division still remaining on the schedule, including three against leader Calgary Foothills FC.

“It starts in training,” Casey ChubbFertal said. “It’s a mentality and we need to start games like we did tonight. We know it’s tough on the road with the away fans and playing away from home, but we’re working towards that and seeing the progress as games go. So hopefully we can bring that attitude next Friday.”

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Reds Earn Second Away Point In Draw at Timbers U23

May 29, 2017

By Keeler McJunkin

SALEM, Ore. — Lane United held two one goal leads over the Portland Timbers U23’s Monday before giving up a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw to earn an away point in front of more than 1,000 fans at McCulloch Stadium.

It was an exciting match from start to finish and an atmosphere to remember with supporter groups of both sides drumming, chanting and singing throughout the night hoping to help their side to a win.

Jordan Jones opened the scoring early for the Reds (3-1-2) when he turned a Timbers giveaway into a goal, slipping it past the goalkeeper after taking possession from a defender in the box. It was the second time in as many matches Jones was able to find the back of the net early.

Jones followed up his early goal with Lane United’s second of the match in the 58th minute. Midfielder Hassani Dotson centered a wonderful ball to Jones and all that was left was a left-footed tap in for the score.

“I came in with confidence scoring last week and as a forward confidence is how you live,” Jones said. “My pressing ability was decent, I saw the ball go over the top and figured just try to get something on it.”

The Timbers (1-1-1) showed a sense of urgency after Lane United’s early goal, knowing they needed to claw back into the match before the Reds could take a two goal advantage. Ultimately finding their first equalizer in the final play of the first half off a set piece.

Minutes away from earning the three full points on the road, both the players and head coach John Galas weren’t happy with conceding the equalizer so late in the match on a giveaway in a tough spot on the pitch.

“I’m obviously pleased with a point on the road, but I’m disappointed with the manner in which we let them back into the game twice,” Galas said. “Overall probably a fair result, but the boys aren’t happy in the way we allowed them back in and conceded goals the way we did.”

Galas mentioned it’s the little things here and there like being smarter in where fouls are committed and ultimately managing the game better that Lane United needs to clean up that will allow the Reds to put together a full match and take a win on the road.

Even after giving up a lead twice and conceding the second equalizer with just minutes remaining in the match, earning a valuable away point could come into play as the season continues along.

“I thought it was a good performance overall,” Jones said. “We’re disappointed not to get the full three points. We played well as a team and deserved to win there, but on the road you always gotta take what you can get.”

It’ll be another short week of training for the Reds as they prepare for a visit from first place Seattle Sounders U23 to the Les Schwab Sports Park Friday. A chance for the team to put this one behind them and focus on staying undefeated at home with a tough club coming in.

As each match passes Lane United has looked more comfortable playing with each other and knowing where teammates will be on the pitch. Paying attention to detail and playing a full 90 minutes will lead the Reds in the right direction.

“They’re a very good team,” Jordan Jones said. “We’ve watched video and I think we’ll be prepared. We need to keep doing the little things right. Details are huge in this league and if we prepare well we’ll be alright.”

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