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Lane United FC drew the Washington Crossfire 1-1 in Redmond, WA on Tuesday night in a match that never strayed far from excitement, for the right and the wrong reasons from a Lane United standpoint. The Reds scored in the third minute through Riggs Lennon but by halftime had only the gods to thank that the Crossfire did not convert one of their dozen or so chances to equalize. When Michael Bajza was harshly sent off for two bookable offenses in quick succession in the 41st minute, the second-half task became clearer—sit back and repel Crossfire attacks, and it nearly worked, but for Junior Sanchez’s excellently taken goal in the 68th minute. Stoppage time featured another red card, for a horror tackle by the Crossfire’s Nathan Aune on Daley Stevens, and then gilt-edged chances at each end as both teams threw caution to the wind in search of a winner. The beleaguered referee Seth Martin’s final whistle blew after a match-saving slide tackle from Daley Stevens to deny a Crossfire breakaway, and the result leaves both clubs still tied for third in the PDL Northwest Division, the Reds with a game in hand.
The match had barely sputtered into life before Lennon gave Lane United an early advantage; he had already thrown himself in front of a clearance by the Crossfire goalkeeper, Saif Kerawala, and deflected the ball into touch, but that was apparently not enough warning to the Crossfire back line, as he pressured the center-half Aune into a poor backpass in the next passage of play. The recent Creighton transfer latched onto it and with minimum fuss slotted it under the keeper for an early 1-0 lead. However, the Reds proceeded to play the next half-hour in a state of unprecedented disorganization, with massive gaps appearing all over midfield, possession only in fleeting moments, and the back line unable to handle the tremendous pace of the Crossfire forward Simon Lekressner and left winger J.T. Townsend. Those two created—and squandered—a handful of chances apiece over the remainder of the half, frequently missing the target or occasionally forcing Lane United’s Ben Willis into an easier save than ought to have been required. Willis did produce one moment of goalkeeping brilliance, though, denying Danny Gavin at full stretch on a free kick from 22 yards, which was about five yards advanced from where the initial foul, from Michael Bajza had taken place. That foul earned him his first, and thoroughly deserved, yellow card, but the second one, which came only a few minutes later, was considerably harsher. The referee, Martin, felt that Bazja’s high-footed nick of a Crossfire player was worthy of a second booking, but given the mild force and speed of the challenge, as well as the fact that it was only fractionally late and 50 yards from goal, it was not clear that it deserved a second caution. It was almost a carbon-copy of events from last year in this fixture, when the Reds’ Jordan Jones was sent off, also late in the first half, for two back-to-back yellow cards; in that match, Lane United collapsed and shipped three goals in the second half, but this year the response from the Reds was significantly more mature.
The Reds came out for the second half with Armando Filho and Isma Fernández having been replaced by Dillon Nino and Jose Carlos Terron, respectively, to create an overtly defensive 4-4-1 formation, with only Ricky Lopez-Espin in an advanced role. The move paid off for awhile, too, with the Crossfire’s chances mostly limited to long shots that did not remotely trouble Willis in goal. In the 65th minute, though, the defense was broken open by the Crossfire fullback Junior Sanchez beating his counterpart Akeem Ward down the left wing and firing just over the bar from a good position on the left side of the box. And Sanchez was more clinical three minutes later, placing a low 25-yard shot in the minuscule window between Willis’ sprawling hand and the left-hand post; it was an equalizer born from the only bit of quality finishing that the Crossfire displayed all match.
The status quo, with the Reds holding the Crossfire at arm’s length well away from goal, was maintained for the next quarter of an hour but with five minutes left to play the balance suddenly shifted. The 86th minute saw Lane United’s first effort on goal in the entire second half, a harmless wide shot by Stevens, but the floodgates opened right afterward. With the Crossfire suddenly at sea, Riggs Lennon slammed a low volley from 18 yards to force a diving save out of Kerawala, then Stevens was scythed down by Aune flying in at full speed, legs extended and studs showing—the type of tackle that results in grisly injuries if the tackler happens to connect. That challenge earned the Crossfire man a straight red card, and from the ensuing free kick, Lennon was inches away from scoring the PDL goal of the season, slamming a 35-yard effort left-footed off the upper 90 of the goalframe. The Reds had chances to put away the rebound, but the ball was eventually cleared, and only a minute later Joel Rydstrand beat several defenders on the dribble before playing in Lennon—only for his close-range shot to be denied by a desperate sliding block from the last Crossfire defender. A goalmouth scramble ensued, which led to a corner; from Lennon’s first delivery, Reds players shouted in vain for a handball when a Crossfire defender awkwardly played the ball out over the goal line, leading to a second corner. From that delivery, someone on Lane United was whistled for jumping to head the ball in the vicinity of Kerawala, and that generous call almost gave Washington the game: Kerawala took the free kick quickly, and with all the Reds within 40 yards of the opposing penalty box, a Crossfire forward was onside at the halfway line. On his last legs, he charged forward toward the retreating Ben Willis, but Daley Stevens, recovering from at least 70 yards away deep in second half stoppage time, produced the tackle of the season to slide in and clear the ball into touch just as the forward was reaching the penalty box. It was the last meaningful action of the game.
Head coach John Galas said afterwards that he is “not sure why we can never end a match 11v11 against the Crossfire. I think our boys are disappointed with the result, but to play down a player for over 45 minutes was always going to be tough. I’m certainly pleased with the effort, the organization and commitment from the whole group tonight. We had to adjust tactically after the sending off, replacing Filho and Fernández, which was tough, but at the end of the day the changes we made played a big part in us almost stealing 3 points tonight. We have to stay positive, stay united and committed to the cause as we prepare for Kitsap. We still have a fighting chance to make the playoffs and we are without question going to give everything we have next match to keep the dream alive.” With FC Tucson looking increasingly likely to wrap up the automatic bye in the Western Conference playoffs, the Reds face a two-game road trip, at Kitsap Pumas on July 9 and Victoria Highlanders on July 11, and the last match of the regular season hosting the Crossfire at home, at Papé Field, on July 15, needing victories in all three to keep playoff hopes alive. With the way the PDL NW Division has unfolded thus far, nothing would be surprising. Stay tuned.
Lane United earned their first home win of the season tonight in a non-league friendly match against South Sound FC. The visiting team was composed of Evergreen Premier League of Washington club, South Sound FC as well as some guest players from PDL clubs, the Kitsap Pumas and Seattle Sounders U-23s. The friendly format of the game allowed LUFC coach John Galas to experiment with his team’s lineup which resulted in fans seeing some new faces among the Lane United starters. Aidan Johnson, Riggs Lennon, and Sam Tweeton all saw their first start for the Reds this season.
From the first, Lane United controlled the tempo of the game with midfielder Aidan Johnson taking an early shot from the top of the box that was deflected by the South Sound goalkeeper for a corner kick. The Reds continued to apply pressure to the South Sound squad with Nathan Braaten and Ismael Fernandez recording multiple shots in the first half. The payoff came just before halftime when Rolando Velazquez sent the ball into the center of the box where LUFC newcomer Riggs Lennon was waiting to head it into the back of South Sound’s net. Red smoke once again filled the air at Willamalane as the Red Aces celebrated the Red’s first home goal of the season in their usual style. The Reds went into the locker room at halftime ahead 1-0.
After the half, South Sound came out revitalized and seemed about to even the score when their #23 suddenly found the ball at his feet two yards away from Lane United’s wide open goal. However, Dirk van der Velde came flying into the box and made an incredible block that cleared the ball out of the danger zone and set South Sound up for a corner kick. South Sound had few chances after that with both teams unable to create many real goal-scoring opportunities. Both teams saw more fouls during the second half but could not convert set pieces into a threat on goal. The rain also picked up significantly in the second half, soaking all of the players and fans at the game. But for the Lane United faithful, sitting in the rain was a small price to pay to see the Reds earn their first home win of the 2016 season. Lane United’s next home game will take place on Sunday, June 12th at 4:00 PM at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation. The Reds will take on the Seattle Sounders U-23s exactly nine days after losing to them 2-1 on the road in Washington.
balls and crosses. Grosey did have several shots to stop tonight, including the most impressive of all after 80 minutes when he dove low and to his right to deny Lopez-Espin from 10 yards after he had won possession for himself deep in Kitsap territory. Aside from the controversial penalty decision, it was the last true chance for either team. A capacity crowd of 775 attended the match—Lane United’s first-ever goalless draw—but on the strength of the performance should have been persuaded to return for the rest of the season. The next match is at home to the Victoria Highlanders, who lost to Kitsap 3-0 on May 7th.
Lane United FC lost their final match of the 2015 USL PDL season, 3-2 to Calgary Foothills FC at Hellard Field in Calgary. The Reds were the superior team for the first half-hour of the game and were rewarded by a Calgary own-goal in the 29th minute, but for the next 50 minutes they were the ones under siege as the Foothills deposited three unanswered goals in Matt Bersano’s net. Jordan Jones pulled one back for Lane United with five minutes to spare in regulation and frantic attempts to nab the equalizer ensued, but it was too little and too late by that point. The loss means the Reds finish fifth in the table for the PDL’s Northwest Division on 11 points, ahead of Washington Crossfire and the Puget Sound Gunners.
The match started briskly enough, with Lane United’s midfield of technicians — Daley Stevens, Matthias Binder and Isma Fernández, backstopped by Richy Hurtado — combining very effectively all over the field and often creating enough time and space to pick out intelligent long balls to Jordan Jones and Cristian Cataluña up front. Lane United’s best chance came after 20 minutes when Lane United broke forward after Bersano had collected a corner kick; Deion Jones at fullback picked out the unrelated Jordan Jones racing down the right channel with a long pass, but he dragged his 18-yard sidefooted attempt left of the far post. After a few more good looks forward and nearly-connecting through-balls, Lane United forced Calgary into an own goal. The central midfield patiently combined to switch play to Amer Sasivarevic on the left wing; he served up an expertly placed cross that on needed a touch from anyone to cause trouble, and Dean Northover, one of Calgary’s defenders, was the one to supply it, slicing the ball into his own net at the near post. Not long after the goal, Calgary began to show signs of getting back into the game, the most worrying being when Dominic Russo buried a header past Bersano only to have it called back for offsides. Calgary’s offense kicked into high gear for the last 10 minutes of the first half as ball after ball was whipped into the Lane United box. All efforts were cleared in one way or another, but the Reds no longer held the foothold in midfield and it seemed like halftime would provide a much-needed chance to regroup.
Instead, Calgary returned from the break in exactly the same style as they’d gone into it, aggressively attacking the Lane United box and summarily producing a goal in the 48th minute. Two substitutes, Yoann Promone and Tofa Fakunle were involved, the former finding the latter streaking forward behind the defense from the right channel. Fakunle, Bersano and a recovering Jonathan Stadler all converged on the ball at the same time around the edge of the penalty box, but apparently no one touched it as it squeezed through all three and into the net. A tickled Promone 45 yards away got credit for the goal. Calgary continued to rack up the crosses and corners — at one point they had seven corners to Lane United’s zero — and even though Lane United head coach John Galas said his team had discussed the set-piece threat specifically at halftime, Elijah Adekugbe flew in unmarked to crush a free header past Bersano from a corner kick in the 69th minute. Russo, who was engaged in acrimonious battles with Cristian de Luis and Jonathan Stadler all game, bagged a legitimate goal in the 81st minute to put the game seemingly out of reach. Promone forced an unbelievable reaction save out of Bersano from 10 yards after a kind deflection had given him an open look; unfortunately, the rebound from Bersano’s save fell right to Russo, who roofed it home to make the score 3-1. Jordan Jones scored with a header in traffic off of a long diagonal assist from Binder in the 85th minute to bring it to 3-2, whereupon the Reds actually created several good opportunities to equalize, none better than Sasivarevic volleying Cristian Couto’s cross over the bar from 15 yards with his preferred left foot. Ultimately, that would be Lane United’s last chance as Calgary held on for only their second home win of the season.
Befitting of a match that had such noticeable and long-lasting swings in momentum between the teams, John Galas afterward held mixed opinions on his team’s performance: “I’m disappointed to go out with a loss, especially the manner in which we lost, with too many mistakes and a set-piece goal right after we’d talked about their set pieces,” he said. “But on the other hand, we did play very well for the first half-hour and fought back with everything we had at the end and almost snatched the equalizer. And all in all, it’s been a hell of a second half of the season. We won five out of our last seven matches, including three in the league, and I’m pretty satisfied with that and I think the guys will hold their heads high.”
Lane United FC waltzed to a comfortable 5-0 victory against non-league Bellingham United FC in their final home game of 2015 on Sunday. Jordan Jones bagged two goals and had a third poached off of him at the goalline by Isma Fernández, while Richy Hurtado and Amer Sasivarevic both added their first goals as Lane United FC players. Hurtado’s was the pick of the bunch, a 30-yard rocket into the top corner of the net with his favored left foot that put the Reds up 2-0 after only 21 minutes. Isma had opened the scoring seven minutes earlier by tapping home a ball that was likely trickling in anyway from Jordan Jones’ first attempt at meeting a cross. Jones in the 25th minute did officially extend his streak of consecutive games with a goal to three when he crashed in a pulled-back cross from Raul Muntean, then added a second 20 minutes into the second half by lasering a low left-footed shot past a helpless Hector Gutierrez in the Bellingham goal. The Reds capped off their scoring with the best team move of the match, which ended with Cristian Cataluña selflessly squaring across the face of goal – when he had an equally good chance to shoot – so that Amer Sasivarevic could tap into an empty net for 5-0.
Lane United head coach John Galas commended both his team’s play and Bellingham’s after the match. Bellingham, who have not won a game in their own league, the Evergreen Premier League of Washington (EPLWA) all season, “made the long drive down here and played an honest game and so did our guys,” Galas said. “We extend a big thanks to them, as they put a lot of work into this game. I’d also like to thank all our fans, on behalf of literally everyone at Lane United FC, for their support this year. It’s no exaggeration to say they’re the best fans in the division and we’re very glad to have finished with a great home record (7-2-1) to reward their support. We finished with 270 consecutive minutes of shutout ball and that makes both me and the supporters very very happy. We stayed in rhythm with this game and now it’s on to Calgary for a big one, the last game of the season.”
Lane United fly to Calgary, Alberta early this week for the final match of the season, on Wednesday at 5:30 pm (Pacific) against PDL Northwest Division newcomers FC Calgary Foothills. The Reds tied 1-1 with Calgary in the home fixture on June 5; a win on Wednesday would vault them over the Canadians on points and result in a fourth-place finish in the Northwest Division, one outside of the playoff spots. Lane United will live-Tweet and report on the Calgary game on Wednesday.
For the second match in a row, Lane United FC walked away from the Willamalane Center with an impressive 2-0 win over a league opponent, with the Washington Crossfire this time the victims. The pattern of events was remarkably similar to the win over the Portland Timbers U-23s six days previous: second-half goals from Jordan Jones and Timothy Mueller, and one massive save from Matt Bersano in the Lane United goal. Bersano’s intervention this time around was even more critical, as he denied Washington’s Wesley Stark from the penalty spot with the score only at 1-0. Thirteen minutes later, Jordan Jones added Lane United’s insurance goal with an uncontested header from a set piece, and the Reds comfortably saw out the win in the closing minutes.
Though Lane United were in winning form entering the game and fielding one of their strongest lineups of the season, while Washington were on a three-game losing streak and traveling without their leading scorer, Hamza Haddadi, and several of their University of Washington-based players, the first half was a surprisingly even affair with decent chances for both teams. Lane United head coach John Galas went so far after the match as to say that his opponents were “the best Crossfire team we’ve faced so far, more fluid and better playing overall.” The Reds lost their influential midfielder Alex Pantoja to injury after 15 minutes, and while the team were briefly down to 10 men, center-half Cristian de Luis actually provided the best chance of the match until that point when he carried forward unchallenged and laced a shot just high from the top of the penalty box. Stark, Washington’s biggest threat on the night, forced Matt Bersano into a diving near-post save in the 20th minute, which was followed almost immediately by the Crossfire goalkeeper Tyler Visten denying Mueller on a breakaway. Late in the first half, Washington created more chances, with Hassani Dotson whistling a long shot a few inches wide of a worried Bersano’s post and Jeff Rose forcing the Lane United captain to tip a closer-range effort over the bar.
At the end of the first half it seemed to be anyone’s game, but Lane United started to rack up the scoring chances in the first 15 minutes of the second. Mueller was unusually profligate, missing the goal frame on several chances that he would have expected himself to bury, including another 1v1 with Visten, but a player of his skill won’t ever be held down for long; in the 60th minute he finally broke the deadlock by converting an even tougher chance than some of the ones he had spurned. After Dirk van der Velde played in a one-hopped cross from the right wing, Mueller, side to goal, swept in a brilliant finish on the full volley with his first touch. The goal marked his ninth of the season in league play, currently tying him for most in the PDL, and his 13th overall in all competitions. Five minutes later, the Reds had put themselves in a spot of bother, though: the Washington substitute Ibrahim Drame got by Casey ChubbFertal on the right wing and was hauled down by the former South Eugene High School man upon entering the penalty area. After deliberating with his assistant, referee Jason Perlewitz pointed to the spot. Stark stepped up and tried to place his attempt in the bottom left corner, but Bersano was already there and made what ended up looking a comfortable save, with Dirk van der Velde hacking away the rebound before Stark had a chance to fire again.
Galvanized by that save, Lane United immediately began creating almost a chance a minute in search of their second goal. Finally, in the 81st minute, Jordan Jones delivered it by nodding in the simplest of headers from inside the six yard box after a well-delivered inswinging corner from Daley Stevens. The win was never in doubt afterwards. Galas afterward stressed the importance of the back-to-back clean sheets, saying that “over the past 180 minutes we’ve defended so well as a team, and it’s really given everyone else a lift not to have to come back from goals down. I thought we were a little loose defensively in the first half, but we survived and the second-half performance was exceptional, especially from Bersano again.”
Lane United next play a friendly match against Bellingham United of the Evergreen Premier League, at home on Sunday, July 12. It will be the Reds’ last home game of the season. They have one more contest afterwards, an away date in Calgary on July 15 for the last PDL game and last game overall of 2015.
Lane United FC secured its first home shutout victory of the 2015 PDL season, beating the Portland Timbers U-23s 2-0 in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Willamalane Center. Portland would have come into the match heavy favorites for any neutral observer, sitting at second in the PDL Northwest Division on 21 points compared to Lane United’s 5, but the Reds looked sharper throughout and were rewarded with two goals in quick succession early in the second half. The tragedy of watching their hoped-for future home, Eugene’s Civic Stadium, burn to the ground earlier in the week seemed to have inspired the Reds and their fans both to an unusually impassioned performance: the Red Aces supporters’ group unfurled a banner with the theme of rebuilding at halftime, while Lane United head coach John Galas said after the match that there had been a tacit understanding in the locker room that the team needed to deliver its best possible response on the field in light of the events. After going two goals up, with their second league victory and a rare clean sheet in sight, the Reds back line defended with the utmost intensity while the midfielders and forwards broke out a bamboozling array of one-touch passing patterns and individual dribbling moves, emanating a confidence that simply hadn’t been seen at any point in any league match so far this season.
Both teams waded tepidly into the first half, with few chances developing in the opening exchanges besides the reigning PDL Player of the Week Todd Wharton chunking a sidefooted effort wide from 15 yards after 10 minutes of play. All of a sudden, in the 25th minute, the match broke open as Timothy Mueller and Josep Baldoví combined usefully, not for the first or last time, moving in from the right wing and Mueller shot low, forcing Portland keeper Eric Dick into a diving save; 30 seconds later Portland’s Ben White was in on goal at the other end but over-hit his attempt to chip Matt Bersano; and no less than a minute after that Jordan Jones roped a sweet connection just over the crossbar back in the Timbers’ penalty area. The rest of the first half was bogged down by injuries, as both Portland’s Dennis Castillo and Lane United’s Brenden Anderson had to be substituted, the latter after an off-the-ball collision with White that neither referee Andrew Brooks nor any one of his assistants noticed.
Lane United began the second half by taking a few hefty knocks on the Timbers’ door, with Jones, Mueller and Baldo almost combining at the edge of the box only to be denied at the last inch by a recovering tackle from Andrew Lewis. Richy Hurtado then put Mueller in on goal a few minutes later with a long ball over the top, and Mueller uncharacteristically skied his finish well over the bar. But Portland were offered no reprieve ten minutes into the half when Matthias Binder, who was outstanding on the left wing as soon as he had come on for Daley Stevens at halftime, found Jones cutting in behind the back line in the penalty box; he stretched out a toe before the goalkeeper could arrive on the scene and the ball trickled into the net for a 1-0 Lane United lead. The next goal followed soon after, with the birthday boy Mueller picking up his eighth league goal of the season; Jones was the first to meet a cross from the right wing, but after his attempt at a header was deflected aimlessly toward the penalty spot, Mueller accepted the birthday gift by being on hand to blast it into the roof of the net with a first-time volley.
The Reds were doubtless mindful at this point of their away match at the Puget Sound Gunners in May, when they had surrendered a two-goal lead and come away with only a point after a 3-3 draw. The second-half back line of Dirk van der Velde, Cristian de Luis, Jonathan Stadler and Casey ChubbFertal, backed up by Bersano in goal, made sure there would be no such concessions on this occasion. Bersano, whom Galas called the man of the match, made the save of the night in the 84th minute to keep the lead at two, reaching high to push Anthony Macchione’s close-range shot over the bar. The back four, including Cristian Couto who came on as a late substitute for van der Velde, cut out most crosses and threatening developments, only once allowing a clear chance, when Romilio Hernandez of the Timbers blasted off the crossbar from 20 yards. Galas said that the clean sheet was “massive” and called the overall second-half performance the team’s best of the season. “We were intelligent and confident going forward even when we were up, but with Matty in goal and the back line defending really diligently, I thought the clean sheet was all that the guys deserved.”
Lane United will stay at home and face the Washington Crossfire on Thursday, July 9, in their final home league match of the season before playing an exhibition against EPLWA side Bellingham United on July 12 and then traveling to Calgary for their final match, on July 15, against FC Calgary Foothills.
Lane United FC were comprehensively beaten 4-0 by last year’s national finalists and current PDL Northwest Division leaders Kitsap Pumas on Saturday night in Bremerton, Washington. The game did not start well for Lane United, who conceded a penalty, duly converted by Kitsap captain Cory Keitz, after less than two minutes. That penalty had come from the result of a misplayed ball by the Reds defense, and so did the second goal in the 18th minute, which Joe Masumiya and Logan Miller walked into the net after a turnover. Lane United were not able to pick themselves off the floor at that point, giving up a second penalty before halftime and then allowing Miller to score his second of the game a few minutes into the second half. Lane United head coach John Galas’ verdict was that his team was “second-best on the night. Unfortunately, our training, which was good in the lead-up, didn’t translate to the game.”
Galas questioned both penalty decisions, which seemed to have involved minimal contact or, at most, contact initiated by the attacker rather than Reds goalkeeper Matt Bersano, who committed both fouls. In the first incident, after 90 seconds, Bersano had been put in an unenviable position when Cristian de Luis slipped trying to hit a back-pass to him. Logan Miller raced in and went down under some sort of challenge, and Keitz converted a minute later. In the second, after 38 minutes, a ball was hoisted into the penalty area following a clearance from a Kitsap corner. With the Lane United back line all pushed up, Rene DeZorsi somehow snuck in onside, brought the ball down and pushed it around Bersano, again going down rather intentionally. Referee Ramy Touchan, who made the penalty call after hesitating, inexplicably did not also send Bersano off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity even though the goalkeeper’s foul fit every criterion for it. This raised the question of how much conviction Touchan had in his original decision. Regardless, Mike Ramos stepped up to the spot this time and buried another textbook penalty to put Kitsap up 3-0 and sailing smooth before halftime.
Galas did point out after the game that “regardless of the two penalty decisions, we were naive and we put ourselves in tough positions. Our possession was poor, and when we lost it (Kitsap) were able to run straight through the big gaps right in front of our back four.” The Pumas’ second goal bore that out, with the back of the Lane United midfield getting dispossessed no more than 40 yards from their own net and watching Joe Masumiya sprint into the Lane United area and square the ball for Miller to tap in easily. The Reds only threatened a few times themselves. Kitsap goalkeeper Matt Grosey’s most notable actions involved sprinting off his line to collect through-balls a few inches ahead of the Lane United forwards, but he was not forced into a save on the night. The typically stingy Kitsap defense did an effective job of containing the PDL’s third-leading scorer, Timothy Mueller, who despite an impressive work rate up front was finally held without a goal for the first time in six games in all competitions. The Pumas’ “management of the game and their organization, on the pitch, was top-notch, as you would expect from a professional club like them,” Galas said.
Lane United now have six days to recover before facing the Portland Timbers U-23s at home on Friday, July 3 in a late 8:00 pm kickoff.