What level of team is Lane United FC?
Lane United FC currently plays in the Northwest Division of the nationwide USL Premier Development League (PDL). The PDL is the highest level of amateur soccer in North America. It is a summer league with an emphasis on developing young talent; many of the players are on their summer breaks from Division I collegiate soccer programs. The PDL serves as a stepping stone for many top professional players and several teams in the PDL are operated as the reserve squads of Major League Soccer franchises.
Lane United’s players, most of whom are current NCAA student-athletes, are not paid, although they are given certain living expenses in accordance with NCAA policy. Even the non-NCAA players on the team are not paid a salary, since doing so would nullify the amateur status of the NCAA players. A few teams throughout the PDL, including Lane United’s Northwest Division opponents Kitsap Pumas, do pay their players a salary, but as a result they cannot field any collegiate “student-athletes.”
Lane United intends to field an additional, fully professional team USL team in the near future.
When does LUFC play?
The PDL season begins in early May and runs through July. Each year, Lane United’s schedule is released during the winter months prior to the beginning of the season.
Where does LUFC play?
For the 2014-2016 seasons, the Reds will play at the 32nd Street Fields at the Willamalane Center in Springfield. This venue was chosen for its soccer-specific turf field, the ease of establishing quality concessions and seating for fans (the stands face north and east, away from the evening summer sun), and its access to public transportation.
The club will move to the newly-built Civic Park at the former Civic Stadium site once construction is completed. This will be LUFC’s permanent home and will host all Lane United home games.
Is Lane United affiliated with the Timbers at all?
No. Lane United FC is an independent club owned by a separate, Eugene-based LLC. However, the founding of the club was enthusiastically supported by many soccer fans in Portland, most of whom are Timbers Army.
Will LUFC compete with youth teams in the area?
No. Lane United FC has the single goal of developing adult soccer teams in its club and has no intention of competing with or hindering the fantastic youth clubs in the area.
Those jerseys and hoodies look great. How can I get one?
Check out the Club Shop section of our website, or look for the vending table at fundraising events and matches.
Who are those fans with the drums and flags and smoke bombs at the south end of the stand?
Those would be the Red Aces, the official supporters’ group of Lane United FC. Under their official name, the Lane United Supporters’ Trust, they own a minority stake in the club and have a say in the club’s administration. Annual membership costs $20 per person, and the fees go to a number of projects including: tifo at games, donated tickets for local students, native trees planted at Willamalane for each goal scored.
There are perks for Red Aces members as well, including discounted tickets and access to certain club functions. For more info on the Red Aces, check out their website, http://www.red-aces.org.
How many people fit under a single Red Aces membership? Can I just buy one for my whole family?
There is one vote per member, thus, we encourage people to show their support for Lane United by purchasing a membership for each person in their family.
Can I donate without becoming a member?
What is the cost of admission for matches?
Tickets cost $10 for adults ages 13+ and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Children 5 and under get in free.
Can I drink beer at the matches? If so, how are you going to make sure that it’s still a family-friendly atmosphere?
Yes. Fantastic beer from our main sponsor, Oakshire Brewing, is on draught at home games for very reasonable prices. Guidelines for crowd control and language are in place to ensure everyone has an exciting, enjoyable, and safe gameday experience.