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College Season Preview

August 26, 2016

As August winds to a close, many of Lane United’s 2016 players are entering into their college seasons. From the University of South Florida, to the University of Portland, LUFC alumni have dispersed across the country to compete with their respective college clubs with the hopes of bringing home league, division, or even national championships. Find out more about LUFC’s college players and their teams with this preseason preview.

ChubbFertal - CrossfireWest Coast

Many of Lane United’s college players continue to call the west coast home long after LUFC’s season has ended. This year, seven LUFC alumni are staying here in the Willamette Valley as they attend Oregon State University. Sam Tweeton, Zach Dickey, Nathan Braaten, Matt Arbogast, Timmy Mueller, Devonte Small, and Jordan Jones will begin their 2016 season with the Beavers tonight against DePaul in the annual Hensor-Zaher Memorial Tournament at 5:00 PM at Lorenz Field in Corvallis. Their second tournament game takes place at 3:00 PM on August 28th, against Wright State. Admission is free.

Further north, Corban University welcomes LUFC defender, Josh Noonkester back as an Assistant Coach for the 2016 season as he finishes his graduate degree. Former OSU player, Rolando Velazquez also joins the Warriors this season. The Warriors are ranked second-overall in the Cascade Collegiate Conference coaches preseason poll.

In Portland, LUFC midfielder, Dirk van der Velde and PDL “Player to Watch”, Matthew Coffey will join the University of Portland as they look to improve on their 1-6 record in 2015 in the West Coast Conference. The Pilots recently played Oregon State to a 2-2 draw in a preseason exhibition match at OSU.

In Washington, Lane United goalkeeper Ben Willis enters into his sophomore season with Gonzaga University. Willis had a stand-out season with the Reds this year, recording 18 saves on the season. He’ll look to increase his playing time with the Bulldogs now that former LUFC goalkeeper, Chris Lowrimore has graduated.

In California, Eugene native Casey ChubbFertal rejoins the University of Redlands Bulldogs, who are ranked #21 in the NSCAA Division III college pre-season rankings. ChubbFertal earned First Team All-SCIAC honors for his outstanding season with the Bulldogs in 2015. Fellow Eugene native, Aidan Johnson enters into his sophomore season at Claremont McKenna College. The Stags are ranked 5th in the SCIAC preseason coaches poll and will begin league-play at home on September 5th against Pomona-Pitzer.

Rounding out the west coast colleges, defender Amer Sasivarevic enters into his senior year at Grand Canyon University having been named to the All-Western Athletic Conference pre-season team. Sasivarevic started in 15 matches for the Lopes last year and has played in 47 matches during his career at GCU.

Armando FilhoEast Coast

On the east coast, Michael Bajza returns to the University of South Florida for his senior season. The USF Bulls are ranked 19th in the in the NSCAA pre-season Division I rankings.

LUFC veteran, Armando Filho rejoins the Post University Eagles for his senior season. The Eagles are ranked second in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference coaches preseason poll after finishing the 2015 season 13-6-1 overall and 9-3 in conference play.


The midwest is home to many LUFC players this college season. Two year LUFC veterans, Jonathan Stadler and Mathias Binder return to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, after Stadler had a stand-out season for the Reds providing a dependable presence in the LUFC back line, while Binder’s promising start was cut short by injury. The two Reds faced LUFC teammate, Dillon Nino on August 16th when the Panthers played the Dayton Flyers in a preseason match. The Dayton Flyers are predicted to finish second in the Atlantic-10 Conference, according to the A-10 preseason coaches poll.

LaGroFormer Post University student, Stefan Tomasevic will play his junior season at Saginaw Valley State after transferring over the summer. The Cardinals made their fourth NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in five years last year and will look to continue their success in the 2016 season. Tomasevic was  Lane United’s leading goalscorer this summer with three goals on the season.

Another midwest school that boasts an LUFC player on their roster is Marquette University. Lane United goalkeeper Luis Barraza rejoins the Golden Eagles for his sophomore season after a fantastic summer for Lane United where he recorded 11 saves in five games.

Finally, the Creighton Bluejays welcome five LUFC players to their 2016 squad: Mitch LaGro, Ricky Lopez-Espin, Riggs Lennon, Akeem Ward, and Joel Rydstrand. The Bluejays are ranked #7 in the NSCAA Division I preseason rankings and begin regular-season play tonight at 5:00 PM against #25 ranked Rutgers.

Check back throughout the season for information on all of Lane United’s college players on the LUFC websiteFacebook, and Twitter pages.

Former LUFC Players Invited to 2016 MLS Player Combine

December 22, 2015

Former Lane United players Mikhail Doholis and Wade Hamilton have been invited to participate in the 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine. Both Doholis and Hamilton have been leading successful college careers since their time at LUFC.

Doholis recently finished his senior season at Oregon State University where he earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention team honors for his exceptional work on the field. Mikhail played for Lane United during the 2014 season where he provided a solid presence in the midfield.

Hamilton attends Cal Poly University where he helped lead the Mustangs’ men’s soccer team to the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven seasons. Hamilton was named Big-West Goalkeeper of the Year in 2014 and 2015 and ranked second in the conference in saves and shutouts during the 2015 season. Hamilton played for Lane United during the 2014 season.

Congratulations to Mikhail and Wade! We wish you both the best of luck in the Combine and in your future careers!

LUFC College Players Earn NCAA Honors

December 14, 2015

LUFC midfielder Casey ChubbFertal was recently named to the All-West second team by the NSCAA for his outstanding season at the University of Redlands. ChubbFertal netted six goals and had six assists during the season, provided a solid presence in the Bulldogs’ midfield. He was also named to the All-Conference First Team in November.

Oregon State alumni Timmy Mueller and Jordan Jones were also recognized by the NSCAA with Mueller earning second-team Far-West honors and Jones earning third-team recognition. Mueller scored six goals this year and Jones led the team with nine goals. Both players had game-winning goals during the season and together, scored fifteen of the Beaver’s nineteen goals this season.

College Season Comes to a Close

November 20, 2015

Regular season play for our college players has officially ended and the honors have started to roll in for many LUFC players. Casey ChubbFertal and the University of Redlands Bulldogs won the SCIAC league championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA DII Tournament before losing to Trinity. Casey was recognized with All-SCIAC first-team honors for his skills and reliability on the field.

Armando Filho, Chico Sastre and Post University won the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference this year! Filho also received second team All-League honors. Both Louisville (home of Jon Zabasajja) and Penn State (home of Matt Bersano), advanced to the quarterfinal round of their leagues’ tournaments before being eliminated.

Chris Lowrimore of Gonzaga was recently named to the WCC All-Academic team in recognition of his skills both on the field and in the classroom. Timmy Mueller also received academic honors by being named to PAC-12 All-Academic first team for his work at Oregon State. Matt Arbogast received recognition for his academic skills as well by earning PAC-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention. Mueller was named to the PAC-12 first team All-League. His teammate Jordan Jones received second team All-League honors and Mikhail Doholis received All-League honorable mention.

Congratulations to all of our college players on the completion of a great season! You continue to impress and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next!

October NCAA Roundup

November 7, 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 edition of Lane United FC’s monthly NCAA roundup. When last we met, the Oregon State Beavers – the best-represented college team in Lane United’s roster – had crept into the top 25 in all major national rankings as conference play in the elite PAC-12 began. Without further ado, here’s how they, and all the other university squads featuring Lane United talent, have fared in the past month.

The Beavers began October with a last-gasp 1-0 loss to then-No. 18 Stanford on the second of the month, but rebounded with a massive 6-2 win over Cal four days later. In that match, Khiry Shelton picked up a hat trick and an assist, and was himself assisted on his second goal by fellow Red Mikhail Doholis. A rough road trip in the ensuing week saw away losses to UCLA and San Diego State, but when the Aztecs visited Corvallis on October 23 (with Casey Phillips and Julio Alarcon in the squad), the Beavers picked up a 2-0 victory, with Shelton scoring and assisting on both goals within the space of five minutes in the second half.

Shelton currently stands second in the nation in assists with 11, and sixth on points with 27 – and that is without Oregon State having played a match since October 26. The Beavers are in the Bay Area this weekend for a two-game stint, at Cal on Friday and Stanford on Sunday, respectively. Brenden Anderson, Matt Bersano, Mikhail Doholis and Matt Arbogast have all featured in most OSU matches, while Rolando Velazquez remains redshirt-eligible at this time. The Beavers will close out PAC-12 play at Washington on November 16.

The San Diego State Aztecs, with Messrs. Phillips and Alarcon, have been on a skid since that October 16 victory over Oregon State, losing their last five contests. Their best match in that stretch came last Sunday, when they took national top-ten mainstays Stanford to overtime before falling 1-0. Casey Phillips, scorer of the Reds’ Goal of the Season in 2014, has played every match for the Aztecs this fall.

Pancho Vizcaino’s St. Louis Billikens have continued to make noise on the national scene, where they are ranked 16th in the RPI and 12th in the NSCAA coaches’ poll. Their only losses since preseason have come to fellow top-25ers George Mason and Indiana. Vizcaino has played in all 16 matches and the Billikens will likely head into next weekend’s Atlantic 10 tournament ranked first in the conference.

Gonzaga, with attacker Conner Bevans and goalkeeper Chris Lowrimore, have cooled off after their hot start to the season, winning only once since the start of October. Bevans is tied for the team lead in goals and holds a commanding lead in shots taken.

Lane United’s midfield meister Christian Dietrich scored in Fairleigh-Dickinson‘s most recent match, a 2-1 loss to Bryant University. The FDU Knights have struggled as of late, dropping their last four matches, but Dietrich is tied for the team lead in goals and his compatriot Martin Lukaschik has also been a regular starter.

Cal Poly‘s season ended Wednesday with a double-overtime loss to UC Davis, in a match notable for Lane United goalkeeper Wade Hamilton’s seven-save performance. Hamilton finished the season first in the Big West conference in saves. The Mustangs finished 2014 with a winning record, but the loss to UC Davis precluded entry into the conference tournament. LUFC Reds Jack O’Connor, Joseph Bolous and John Chronopoulos all notched points for the Mustangs this season; Bolous and Chronopoulos ended up featuring in all but one match for the team.

Amer Sasivarevic has started in defense in all but three of Grand Canyon University‘s matches this season; the Antelopes’ season will conclude on November 16 against Omaha.

At the University of Portland, Dirk van der Velde may have found his way into a SportsCenter Top 10 clip back in September, albeit for a goal scored by his teammate (and Timbers U23 PDL opponent) Hugo Rhoads. He is almost certainly one of the small purple blurs on the screen. Dirk and the Pilots performed well in October, their biggest scalp being a 1-0 victory over Conner Bevans’ Gonzaga on the 12th.

Finally, the Post University (CT) season ended earlier this week. Armando Filho and Chico Sastre, Lane United’s irrepressible Brazilian duo, were both sidelined due to injury, although they still demonstrated their joie de vivre with some fine Halloween costumes.

September Roundup: Reds in the College Ranks

September 26, 2014

At the end of last season’s PDL campaign, many Lane United FC players returned to school to begin training for the fall NCAA season. Reds fans will be pleased to know that many of the players have been performing well, with Khiry Shelton and Conner Bevans especially standing out, for Oregon State and Gonzaga, respectively. Without further ado, below is a breakdown of how the Lane United players and their college teams have fared over the first month of the NCAA season.

Oregon State, featuring six 2014 Lane United players, has crept into the national top 25 in four different polls following a strong 7-1-0 start to their season, as of Friday. Standout Lane United forward Khiry Shelton produced two goals and three assists in Oregon State’s resounding 11-1 victory over Eugene’s Northwest Christian University, and already has an incredible 17 points on the season, best on the team. Rolando Velazquez and Mikhail Doholis have also scored for the Beavers. Matt Arbogast and defender Brenden Anderson have featured in most games, and Matt Bersano is also getting regular time in goal.

Shelton has not been the only Red to deliver a monster performance for his school; fellow forward Conner Bevans scored a goal and added two assists for Gonzaga against UNLV in a 4-2 home win on September 20, and was subsequently named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week in recognition of his efforts. Reds goalkeeper Chris Lowrimore has played every minute for the Zags so far this season, as well.

San Diego State, featuring Reds defenders Julio Alarcon and Casey Phillips, have started out hot, standing currently at 5-2, including victories over nationally ranked Clemson and Denver. Phillips and Alarcon started in both wins. Phillips added an assist in a 2-0 defeat of Pacific on September 14.

Pancho Vizcaino is likewise featuring for a very strong team, the St. Louis Billikens, who have defeated national No. 3 Creighton and No. 5 Louisville en route to a 6-1 start to the season. The Billikens this week stand at No. 10 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings, and are somewhere in the top 25 in all other soccer polls.

Lane United’s German contingent of Martin Lukaschik and Christian Dietrich have performed well for Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, the latter heading in his team’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Colgate on September 19. Dietrich has played in every match, and Lukaschik in all but one match so far this season for the Knights.

The Cal Poly Mustangs feature four Reds: John Chronopoulos, Joseph Bolous, Jack O’Connor and goalkeeper Wade Hamilton. All have received regular playing time this season, and Hamilton has three clean sheets to his name over the team’s first eight games. The standout performance was a shutout in a 0-0 overtime draw with UCLA on September 14; the Bruins had been ranked No. 1 in the country at the time.

Amer Sasivarevic has started all six games for Grand Canyon University as they’ve pushed to a 2-3-1 start ahead of Western Athletic Conference play.

At the University of Portland, Dirk van der Velde has played every game for the Pilots as they have started off their season with a series of narrow losses against top-level opponents.

Finally, Lane United’s Brazilian forward Chico Sastre has been on fire for the Post University (Waterbury, CT) Eagles, racking up five assists in the team’s first five games. On September 17, he added his only goal of the season so far in a win against Concordia College (NY). He is currently out for an uncertain amount of time with a leg injury sustained on September 24.

Where to Watch the Reds During the 2014 College Season

August 1, 2014

Lane United FC, like the Premier Development League as a whole, is largely populated by collegiate players, many of whom will be active on their teams in the upcoming fall NCAA season. Several Reds, including a large contingent from Oregon State University, are based in the Northwest and will play within a reasonable distance of Eugene, should fans want to go and support some of their favorites in the next phase of their playing careers.

“This is a great way to support not only the guys, but the sport of soccer in general,” said Lane United coach John Galas. “In addition to watching MLS matches, European league fixtures, Champions Leagues, its rewarding to watch our local clubs and players as well. There’s some great play out thereat the collegiate level, and you can cheer on the OSU boys up in Corvallis.”

The Oregon State Beavers team (click link for schedule) will feature six 2014 Lane United players: Matt Arbogast, Mikhail Doholis, Brenden Anderson, Matt Bersano, Khiry Shelton and incoming freshman Rolando Velazquez. Home games are on the natural grass pitch at Lorenz Field in Corvallis. The Pac-12 season starts in October, although a home preseason tournament, the Nike Portland Invite, will counterintuitively feature matches in Corvallis the weekend of August 29-31, and other non-conference fixtures take place all throughout September. A matchup with plenty of Lane United intrigue will take place on Thursday, October 23 when San Diego State, featuring Reds defensive stalwarts Julio Alarcon and Casey Phillips, comes to town.

The University of Portland, featuring recent SLU transfer and Oregon native Dirk van der Velde, plays its home fixtures at Merlo Field in north Portland. The historically strong Pilots outfit competes in the West Coast Conference, although they will travel to Corvallis to face Oregon State in an out-of-conference match on Thurdsay, September 18.

The Gonzaga men’s team makes only one journey into Oregon, to play Portland on Sunday, October 12. Conner Bevans — the Reds’ leader or joint leader in goals, shots, assists and fouls — will likely play, as will Chris Lowrimore, who featured in goal for Lane United all season long.

Six More Reds Recruits Announced

February 13, 2014

Lane United FC was able to reveal on Monday the commitments of six more players, pending league approval, to the squad for the upcoming 2014 PDL season. Five recruits were also announced at the end of February, and head coach John Galas has said that more announcements are on the way in the coming weeks.

The current crop includes the club’s first two recruits who were raised in Lane County: Matt Arbogast, who lettered for four years at South Eugene High School and now plays at Oregon State; and Rolando Velazquez of Junction City. Three of Arbogast’s fellow Beavers — Chance Bergen, Brenden Anderson and goalkeeper Matt Bersano — will join the team, along with defender Casey Phillips of San Diego State.

Velazquez, who is about to graduate from Junction City High School, was a star in the Portland Timbers Academy for the past two years and was chosen to train with the U.S. U-17 national team in late 2011. According to Galas, he is “a young, explosive, technically gifted attacking player who can play in a variety of positions in the attack. This is a great opportunity to him to train and play with collegiate players as he embarks on his collegiate career in the fall.” Velazquez has been recruited by a number of Division I schools but has yet to decide where he will attend.

Arbogast, meanwhile, will return home from Corvallis to Eugene to play for the Reds. “Any opportunity we have to keep local talent playing at home, we are going to do that,” said Galas. The head coach added that Arbogast frequently came off the bench to feature for OSU during his true freshman season in 2013 and will relish more playing time over the summer.

Another player from the Beavers’ attacking corps will also feature for Lane United when “explosive” striker Chance Bergen joins the squad, said Galas. Bergen started in more than half of Oregon State’s conference matches in 2013 after transferring from SMU in his home state of Texas. “Chance has a proven track record of scoring goals coming out of the Houston Dynamo Academy,” Galas said, referring to his 2010 fall season, when he accounted for over half of the academy squad’s goals by netting nine times in 12 games. Galas said he is excited to see Bergen work with Lane United’s other forwards, Coco Navarro and Pancho Vizcaino.

Casey Phillips is known to Galas already from the Real Salt Lake Academy system, from whence he matriculated to the University of New Mexico and then transferred to San Diego State. He came off the bench to play in most games in the new surroundings in 2013, and Galas said he is confident that “Casey is familiar with the style of play we will employ here at Lane United.” He added that Phillips is “a versatile player who can operate in a variety of positions across the back line and midfield.”

Galas mentioned that he was thrilled to have landed a goalkeeper-center back pairing in Matt Bersano and Brenden Anderson who have each started the last 37 consecutive games for Oregon State, dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season. Bersano played all but 24 minutes of the 2013 campaign, amassing a 1.14 goals-against average, which is among the best in school history. Like his high school teammate Phillips, Bersano’s face is already familiar to Galas, who was the director of goalkeeping at the Real Salt Lake Academy when Bersano trained there in 2010.

The center-back Anderson, who hails from Mollala, OR, “has an excellent on-field understanding with (Bersano) by virtue of them having played two full seasons together, and we really can’t ask for a better back-line foundation than that,” said Galas. He also complimented the well-rounded technical ability of Anderson, who grew up largely playing midfield and forward for ESUFC, an elite youth club based in Gresham, OR.

Out of the maximum 26 players on the roster, 11 have now committed to playing for Lane United in the coming summer, and more are on the way, said Galas. The club has added a roster page to the website with brief profiles of all the players who have committed so far and will supplement it with more players and more information as the season approaches.

Lane United Announces Commitments from Five Highly-Rated College Players

January 31, 2014

On the same day that Lane United FC released its schedule for the 2014 PDL season, the club’s directors also announced that five Division I NCAA soccer players had committed to play for the Springfield-based club in the upcoming season, pending league approval.

Coco Navarro of Marquette, goalkeeper Chris Lowrimore of Gonzaga, Julio Alarcon from San Diego State, and two Saint Louis Billikens, Francisco Vizcaino and Dirk van der Velde, will all play for the Reds in 2014, said head coach and sporting director John Galas.

Galas has coached both Navarro and Alarcon at the Real Salt Lake Academy. “Coco is a top recruit from the US Soccer Development Academy system, a hard-working, technical scorer who just had a great freshman campaign,” said Galas, referring to Navarro’s 2013 season at Marquette in which he started every match and was third on the team in points and second in assists.

At the other end of the field, Galas called Alarcon “a dominant one-on-one defender and a great organizer who really leads by example.” Alarcon was a member of the U.S. U-17 national team and a USSDA “Starting XI” player in 2011 and 12. Both he and Navarro were named by Top Drawer Soccer in the Top 10 Freshmen to Watch for the 2013 season, and neither disappointed, said Galas.

Galas said that though he has not coached the other three players personally, he has talked extensively on the phone with all of them and noted that they all come with glowing recommendations from their college coaches. Chris Lowrimore, the goalkeeper, is “expected to be the starter for (Gonzaga’s) 2014 season. He’s a big goalie (6’2”) who commands his box really well,” said Galas, himself a former college goalkeeper.

Regarding van der Velde, Galas mentioned that “He’s a little bit of a local kid, from Bend. He came highly recommended by Kyle Steinbaugh,” referring to the highly experienced Bend-based youth coach who has assisted Coach Galas with the Reds’ open tryouts. “He’s a technical right-back, with tremendous pace … He’s fit enough to get up and down the flank for 90 minutes, which fits our style of play in terms of what we’ll want from our fullbacks,” Galas said.

The final player on the list, Vizcaino, will arrive at Lane United on the heels of a strong season at Saint Louis, one of the top men’s college programs, where he started 14 games as a sophomore, tallying three goals and two assists. Galas is ecstatic at the possibility of Vizcaino and Navarro partnering up front for the Reds, saying that they both possess “a blue collar mentality with a lot of skill behind them. Pancho is crafty, creative, explosive and quick. He’s very similar to Coco—-they both can create something out of nothing based purely on work rate and both have a great level of technical sophistication and will work well with each other.”

All of these players should be able to move to the Eugene/Springfield area by the week before the season opener on May 16, said Galas, who said he is banking on the strength of his previous relationships with some of the players and the trust he has in the recommendations of his coaching network. “It’s easy to bring in guys that I know well already and trust already. Because of the time crunch, it’ll be quicker to instill the team philosophy on them if we’ve already got that level of trust with each other.”

Galas said that more commitments are likely on the horizon, both from college players and some international talent that he has been in contact with. “We have a ton of people on the radar,” he said. “We’re just getting started with the player announcements.”

Managing director Dave Galas also hinted at a major corporate partnership deal that is near closing and will be announced next week.

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