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Lane United FC were named the Premier Development League’s Rookie Franchise of the Year for 2014 in an awards ceremony in Clearwater Beach, Florida this past weekend.
The Eugene-based soccer club, which was founded in 2013 and played its first season in the Northwest Division of the nationwide PDL in the summer of 2014, received the award at the governing United Soccer League’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday.
Lane United were one of four franchises, out of seven first-year franchises total in the 64-team league, that were nominated for the award. A PDL spokesman said that the award “is given to the first-year team that exemplifies the league’s standards on and off the field,” and that the decision was made by consensus of league officials.
“It was our honor to identify Lane United FC as the 2014 Rookie Franchise of the Year,” said the PDL senior director, Todd Eason. “Lane United has been one of the most efficient clubs that the PDL has had the privilege to work with. The club’s attention to detail was the one factor that separated it from the other candidates, and I look forward to seeing the club continue to be one of the best operating and functioning clubs in the PDL.”
Lane United directors Dave and John Galas were on hand to receive the award in Florida. “We thank the USL PDL for recognizing our hard work this past year and honoring us with the Rookie Franchise of the Year award,” John Galas said. “In addition, we thank our partners, notably our title sponsor Oakshire Brewery. Without the support of our partners and our supporters group, the Red Aces, our players, backroom staff, and all our fans, this club would not be in the position it is in today. Finally, Lane United FC owes a huge amount of gratitude to our ownership group, in particular Dave Elmore and Joe Hawes. Without their continued trust and vision, none of this would have been possible.”
Lane United FC begin their 2015 season in May. Home matches are at the Willamalane Center in Springfield. For more information about the club, visit laneunitedfc.com.
Lane United FC has established a partnership with the Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Drs. Brick Lantz, Thomas Macha and Daniel Fitzpatrick, sports medicine surgeons at Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, will serve as official team physicians for Lane United FC. At least one of the doctors will be present at each of the team’s eight home matches.
“We are thrilled to partner with Oregon’s premier sports medicine provider,” said Dave Galas, Lane United’s managing director. “Our partnership with Slocum ensures excellent medical care for the Reds’ players over the course of the season.”
As part of the partnership, Slocum will also provide athletes from KidSports, the Eugene-based youth sports non-profit organization, the opportunity to attend and participate in home matches throughout the year. KidSports will receive a block of tickets to each Sunday home match, and KidSports athletes will participate in pre-game and halftime activities. Slocum will also be a kit sponsor for Lane United’s youth jerseys, which will be available for purchase by the general public.
As the region’s most preferred orthopedic provider, Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and its 23 highly trained and skilled orthopedic specialists offers care for the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle and are the Orthopedic Team Physicians for University of Oregon Athletics. For more information regarding Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and its specialists, visit www.slocumcenter.com, like Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine on Facebook or follow @SlocumCenter on Twitter.
Lane United FC is pleased to announce that it has reached a partnership deal with Tetherow Golf Resort in Bend, Oregon. Tetherow will be an official sponsor for Lane United’s training kits for the 2014 inaugural season, according to Lane United Managing Director Dave Galas and Tetherow managing partner Chris van der Velde.
Tetherow opened in 2008 and was named the “#1 Best New Course You Can Play in the Country” that year by Golf Magazine. It has since made several lists of the top courses in the U.S. and has expanded its offerings to include two restaurants, lodging, real estate and events. “We are already recognized as a premier destination for golf in the Northwest,” said Tetherow’s Chris van der Velde. “With the Northwest having become such a destination for soccer in the past few years, we felt that a partnership with LUFC would provide synergy between Tetherow and the Eugene/Springfield communities.”
Tetherow was a sponsor of the WPSL Oregon Rush women’s team in Bend, a fact which delighted the Lane United coach John Galas. “They’ve already shown in their short history that they support grassroots soccer in the Northwest. Both of Chris (van der Velde)’s sons play soccer, and he was surrounded by the beautiful game in the Netherlands where he had a very successful pro golf career himself. So he’s very familiar with and supportive of the sport.”
“We are very excited by this partnership with Tetherow Golf Resort,” said Dave Galas, the Lane United managing director. “They have shown that they are the best at what they do and we aspire to be the same. This will be an exciting summer in Deschutes and Lane counties, and we hope to get a lot of our fans over to Tetherow and build our fan base in Bend.”
Lane United FC is extremely pleased to announce that it has arrived at a three-year partnership deal with the Eugene-based Oakshire Brewing. Oakshire will be the Reds’ exclusive match jersey sponsor and their Public House will serve as a venue for Lane United’s community events, according to the club’s managing director Dave Galas.
Galas and Oakshire founder Jeff Althouse began working on the deal in January when the soccer club began its push for sponsors for the upcoming year. “Oakshire was immediately excited about supporting Lane United, and we were excited about working with them,” said Galas. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Oakshire to make the experience for our fans a richer one, but also in working to broaden the exposure of soccer in general in the community.”
“Oakshire is excited to help build exposure for Lane United Football Club – we feel this team will be very positive for our local community, and for the soccer community in Oregon,” added Althouse.
Both Galas and Althouse have said that plans are in the works for World Cup viewing parties at the brewery’s public house during the month-long tournament in June and July. The building, which re-opened in May 2013 in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, boasts an open pub feel with a small outdoor patio, well-suited for such events, said Althouse.
Lane United FC operates a semi-professional soccer franchise in the United Soccer Leagues’ (USL) Premier Development League (PDL). They will begin their season in May, competing against other teams in the PDL’s Northwest Division. Home games will be at the Willamalane Center on 32nd Street in Springfield. The club was founded in 2013 and is headed by an ownership group that includes longtime Eugene Emeralds owner Dave Elmore.
Oakshire was founded in October 2006 and is now a 15-barrel production company.