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Four Creighton Players Join Lane United Roster

April 22, 2016

Lane United FC is thrilled to announce the signing of four new players from Creighton University. Defender Akeem Ward, defender/midfielder Mitch LaGro, midfielder Joel Rydstrand, and forward Ricky Lopez-Espin will join the Reds for the 2016 PDL season.

Akeem Ward recently transferred to Creighton from Hastings University. He featured in a spring exhibition game with Creighton against the USL club, Swope Park Rangers. During his freshman season at Hastings, Ward started in 20 games and earned two goals and five assists for the season. Ward attended Shattuck Saint Mary’s college preparatory school where he played for their US Development Academy soccer team.

Mitch LaGro is coming off his freshman season at Creighton University where he played in eleven games for the Bluejays. Prior to his college career, LaGro played for the US Development Academy club, Solar Chelsea FC. During his three seasons with the club, Solar Chelsea earned a place in the USSF playoffs and the Dallas Cup semifinals every year.

Freshman midfielder Joel Rystrand was a breakout star during the Bluejays’ 2015 season. Rydstrand was named to the All-Big East Freshman Team for his outstanding freshman season playing in 23 games, scoring three goals, and earning two assists for the Bluejays. A native of Almunge, Sweden, Rystrand played for the IK Sirius Academy and attended a 22 player camp with the Swedish National Team.

Ricky Lopez-Espin saw a lot of playing time during his sophomore season at Creighton. He played in 23 games, scoring five goals and earning one assist for the season. Like Ward, Ricky played for Shattuck Saint Mary’s where he led the USSDA in goals for the 2013 season with 21. Ricky was also invited to participate in a US Men’s National Team U-20 camp.

“For us to bring in these quality players from arguably one of the top men’s college programs in the country is a massive step forward in our ability to recruit nationwide. All four of these players bring a competitive edge, a winning culture in the locker room and sheer quality to the field. They have great character, a professional approach to the game and will no doubt be fan favorites this upcoming season.”

We will be announcing the final additions to our roster over the next two weeks as well as game info and more! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for more updates.

Two Post University Players Join LUFC Roster

April 18, 2016

Two Post University players have signed on with Lane United for the 2016 PDL season. Midfielder Armando Filho will join Lane United for the third consecutive season and center back Stefan Tomasevic will play his first season with the Reds.

After being plagued by an injury during Lane United’s 2015 season, Armando Filho was one of Post’s top players during the fall 2015 season, earning second team All Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honors. Filho played in 17 of the Eagles’ games during his sophomore season, scoring one goal and earning three assists. Originally from Cataguases, Brazil, Filho was a member of the Lane United roster during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. His experience and leadership qualities will provide a valuable asset to his team both on and off the field. “Armando will bring his infectious personality, great character, professionalism, and quality to us again this year. He is a player who understands our culture as a club, and he has that rare ability to make players around him better.” said Coach John Galas.

Stefan Tomasevic just completed his sophomore season at Post University where he started in 20 games and netted six goals for the season. Tomasevic helped his team win the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division II championship with a goal in the 73rd minute of the final. A London, England native, Tomasevic will join Lane United for the first time this season as a center back. When asked about Tomasevic, Galas said, “Stefan has been working extremely hard this past year. His physical stature and fitness level, combined with his aerial presence will certainly help us shore things up in the back, but also provide us a threat on all set pieces.”

“Both Stefan and Armando have done an exceptional job at Post University under coach Haley.  I am delighted to bring in these two young men this summer and help them prepare for yet another successful fall campaign” said Galas.

As the 2016 season gets closer, be sure to stay tuned to our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest LUFC news and updates.

Five Oregon State Players Join Lane United FC Roster

April 8, 2016


Lane United FC is excited to announce that five members of the Oregon State Men’s Soccer team have signed with Lane United FC for the 2016 PDL season. Matt Arbogast and Rolando Velazquez will return to Lane United for a second season with the Reds. Zach Dickey, Nathan Braaten, and Sam Tweeton will join Lane United for the first time this season.

Matt Arbogast recently completed his junior season at Oregon State where he earned Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mention for his efforts on the field and in the classroom. He started in 11 of the Beavers’ games, and played in 14 games total. Arbogast is a Eugene native who graduated from South Eugene High School where he led the team with 13 goals and 10 assists in a season. “I’m excited Matt is returning home this summer to play for Lane United FC once again. Having yet another quality player developed here in Eugene is a tremendous asset to our program. Unfortunately Matt has been plagued by the injury bug in each of his two previous seasons with us, so we are hoping he can remain healthy all summer in preparation for his senior year at OSU in the fall. It will be nice to have him playing in front of his home crowd this summer.”

Rolando Velazquez recently finished his sophomore season at Oregon State. Rolando was unfortunately injured the majority of his sophomore campaign. Rolando returns to Lane United for his third season. Best known for assisting on Lane United FC’s first ever goal, Rolando brings an exciting possession style and attacking mindset to Lane United this summer. A Junction City native, Velazquez played for Junction City High School where he was named First Team All-League and Most Valuable Player. “Much like Matt, Rolando suffered from injury last summer which really limited his time with us. I am thrilled he is healthy and returning to us this summer.”

Zach Dickey joined Oregon State in the winter of 2016. The freshman goalkeeper will feature for OSU in the fall 2016 season and for Lane United in the 2016 PDL season. Dickey is a native of Frisco, Texas where he played with the Dallas Texans and US Soccer Development Academy club, Solar Chelsea SC. At six-foot-five, Zach’s height will provide him with a key physical advantage in the goal for Lane United. “We’re excited to welcome Zach here this summer. He comes highly recommended by Coach Simmons at Oregon State. Although Zach will head back to Texas in late June, I’m thrilled to have him here with this group. He will provide us tremendous competition at this position.”

Nathan Braaten played in 18 games as part of Oregon State’s program during his freshman season in 2015. Originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Braaten played club soccer for the Colorado Rapids. He also played for Real Colorado where he served as a team captain from 2010 to 2012 and helped his team win multiple league championships. “Nathan will be an exciting addition to this year’s team. He comes from a great club program and has gained invaluable experience this past fall season at OSU. He will be another welcomed addition to this year’s team.”

Sam Tweeton started in 17 games for Oregon State during his sophomore season in 2015. His work in the Beavers’ defense helped the Beavers record six clean sheets and earned him an assist against UCLA on October 2nd. A Fort Collins, Colorado native, Tweeton played club soccer for Real Colorado where he earned All-Conference XI and was team captain. “Having someone of Sam’s ability join our back line this summer will certainly help. Sam is a technical, physical, battle tested CB. His club playing experience, along with his PAC-12 experience has made him one of the top defenders in the PAC-12, I’m exited to have the opportunity to work with him this summer.”

“I’m delighted to welcome these five players from Oregon State. Coach Simmons has done a tremendous job with that program, and it is reflected in the quality of players he brings in year in and year out. These players will certainly help us in competing for the league tittle, and it will be a privilege to work with them this year.”

Stay tuned for more information on roster signings and the upcoming 2016 season!

Announcing the First Roster Signings for 2016!

April 4, 2016

Lane United FC is thrilled to announce the first round of signings to our 2016 Roster. Local players Daley Stevens, Aidan Johnson, and Casey ChubbFertal will join the Reds for the 2016 PDL season. LUFC fans will recognize Stevens and ChubbFertal as they were members of the 2015 roster and Stevens has been with the club since 2014. Newcomer Aidan Johnson was born and raised in Eugene and currently attends college in California.

Midfielder Daley Stevens is a Eugene native who has been involved with LUFC since 2014, featuring prominently in the documentary film series First Touch about Lane United’s inaugural season. He recently graduated from the University of Oregon where he played for and coached the Men’s Club Soccer Team. Daley also coaches youth soccer with Eugene Timbers Fútbol Club. Coach John Galas said, “Daley is an exciting, versatile player that can play in a variety of positions for us. He’ll provide us with great leadership this year as he is entering his 3rd season with us. He understands our system and style well and we are thrilled to have him back this campaign.”

After a highly successful season with the University of Redlands, midfielder Casey ChubbFertal joins LUFC for a second straight year. Chubbfertal was a standout player in the Bulldogs’ 2015 season, earning him Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) First-Team honors as well as National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-West Region second-team honors. “Much like Daley, Casey can play in a variety of positions for us this year. He had a remarkable fall season with Redlands, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him back this season. He is a tremendous athlete that will really push for playing time this year” said Galas.

Midfielder Aidan Johnson completed his freshman year at Claremont McKenna College where he featured in 17 games and scored three goals. Johnson played for South Eugene High School where he was known for his dedication and love of the game. Galas said, “I’m delighted to have Aidan with us this season. Last year he trained with the team when he was available and did a fantastic job. Having a college season under his belt now, I’m excited to see how he has developed and what he can do for us this season”

When asked about Lane United’s first three signings Coach Galas said, “Having these local players come back to play PDL is a credit to the local youth clubs here in Eugene who have developed them. As a small market club, having the ability to rely on quality homegrown players is paramount to our growth and overall success as a club. Our objective is always to keep the best local players coming back to Eugene to play PDL each and every year, and these three players will no doubt do a fantastic job in representing this club this summer.”

Stay tuned for more details on our 2016 roster signings over the coming weeks. Additional information can also be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Timothy Mueller Named to PDL All-League First Team

July 27, 2015

Lane United FC’s standout striker Timothy Mueller has been named to the USL PDL’s All-League team, the league announced Tuesday. Mueller was tied for fourth nationwide and led the entire Northwest Division with nine goals in eleven games, and bagged thirteen overall in all competitions. He had been named to the All-Western Conference team a day earlier. On May 23, he scored a first-half hat trick against Puget Sound Gunners; two weeks later on June 5 at home against Calgary Foothills FC, he scored to begin a streak of six straight games with at least one goal.

Mueller seems to bang in goals wherever he goes, as he led the Oregon State Beavers with eleven goals as a freshman in 2014 on their way to an NCAA tournament appearance. He missed the last game of the 2015 Lane United season, away at Calgary Foothills FC, to train with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.

The Northwest Division is one of three in the PDL’s Western Conference, along with the Mountain and Southwest Divisions. The Northwest nonetheless contributed eight of the eleven all-Western Conference players, bolstering its reputation as one of the most competitive divisions in the league nationally.

“Timmy was a real joy to coach this past summer,” said Lane United head coach and sporting director John Galas. “He has a competitive nature second to none and is very coachable. He was a constantly working to improve is game this summer and had a real thirst to learn our system. He adjusted very well and was a threat to score in every game he played. We look forward to working with him in the future to help his development. I’m excited to head up to Corvallis to watch him and the other OSU boys play this fall.”

Mueller will play for the Beavers this fall as a sophomore.

Lane United Announce Return of Lowrimore and Anderson

February 24, 2015

Lane United FC has announced that center-half Brenden Anderson and goalkeeper Chris Lowrimore will be returning to the team for the 2015 Premier Development League (PDL) season. Lowrimore secured league approval last week while Anderson was approved yesterday. The announcement means that the number of players committed to the team for 2015 now stands at 11, eight of whom are returners from the 2014 inaugural season.

Anderson, playing as a senior for Oregon State in the fall 2014 NCAA season, picked up where he had left off for the Beavers, starting in defense for all but two matches — the only two matches he has not started in three full seasons in Corvallis. He continued his partnership with goalkeeper Matt Bersano, also returning to Lane United in 2015, as the Beavers’ defense recorded seven shutouts on their way to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Lowrimore, a Utah native, was the first-choice goalkeeper for the Gonzaga Bulldogs in their 2014 campaign after spending his first two seasons as a backup behind more senior starters. He split playing time at goalkeeper with Matt Bersano during the 2014 Lane United season.

Anderson and Lowrimore join returners Matt Arbogast, Matt Bersano, Casey Phillips, Daley Stevens, Dirk van der Velde and Rolando Velazquez on the 2015 Lane United roster. Three of Anderson’s Oregon State Beavers teammates will be joining Lane United for the first time: forwards Timmy Mueller, Devonte Small and Jordan Jones all committed at the beginning of February.

More player announcements will continue during the coming weeks, so make sure to keep track of the Lane United blog, newsletter, and social media feeds for more information.

Lane United Nominated for Two PDL National Awards

November 12, 2014

Lane United FC, Eugene’s semi-professional soccer team, has been nominated for two separate national PDL awards by the governing United Soccer Leagues (USL), the club announced Wednesday.

Lane United was one of four organizations nominated for the Premier Development League’s Rookie Franchise of the Year award. Lane United began play in the PDL in 2014 and were one of eight first-year franchises in the league nationwide. The other nominees were the Albuquerque Sol, the Cincinnati Dutch Lions, and the San Jose Earthquakes U23.

The Reds were also one of four nominees for the PDL Marketing Award. Lane United joined the Austin Aztex, FC Tucson, and Northwest Division rivals the Victoria Highlanders as the four clubs selected from all 64 PDL franchises eligible for the award.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the United Soccer Leagues’ Annual General Meeting, held December 10-14 in Florida. Lane United directors Dave and John Galas will attend the conference.

Final Three Players Named to Lane United Roster

May 5, 2014

Lane United has rounded out its roster for the 2014 season by naming the last three players to join the club. Two Spaniards, Mikel Selles and Josep “Baldo” Ribes, and a Brazilian, Armando Filho, will be coming to Eugene by the start of the season.

Filho, who enjoyed a productive freshman season at Post University in Connecticut alongside fellow Brazilian Chico Sastre in the fall of 2013, was an early scouting target of Lane United head coach John Galas. Unfortunately, Galas said, he suffered a torn ACL during the season and will continue his rehabilitation with Lane United over the summer. Galas said Filho stands a chance, given the already solid progress of his recovery, of earning playing time by the end of the summer.

The two Spaniards, Selles and Antillaque, come to Lane United on markedly different paths. Selles “reached out to us online,” Galas said, while he was playing for English non-league side Christchurch FC. Galas’ Spanish coaching acquaintance Jaime Alonso was able to scout and interview Selles and arrange for him to come to Lane United for the 2014 season.

Galas had had his eye on Borja Antillaque, a Valencian player, since April. “Borja came through the trials conducted by Legacy Global Sports on our behalf in Valencia, Spain recently. He was by far the best player out of the 200 at the trials,” Galas said. “Unfortunately, Borja broke his ankle just as we were prepared to announce him. Alex Peralt, however, was able to recommend Baldo (Ribes) as a player of commensurate quality, and those two will be traveling together to Eugene from Spain early next week. I think the fans will be really pleased to have players of this quality on the pitch in front of them all season.”

With the addition of these three players, Lane United has now filled out its roster for the 2014 season.

Lane United and Slocum Establish Partnership

April 22, 2014

Slocum will sponsor Lane United’s youth jerseys, which will go on sale soon.


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 Reveals More 2014 Squad Members

March 12, 2014

Lane United FC introduced on Wednesday four players who will play for the Reds for the club’s inaugural season in the Premier Development League (PDL) in 2014, pending league approval. The announcement comes after two previous blocks of recruiting commitments were finalized, one in February and one at the end of January. The total number of players committed to play for Lane United in 2014 now stands at 15.

Three of the four highlighted players are internationally born and raised but are current student-athletes at American Division I universities. Germans Christian Dietrich and Martin Lukaschik play for Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, while Briton Pierce Kiembi currently attends the University of Texas at Brownsville. The fourth player, Mikhail Doholis, plays for Oregon State and hails from Vancouver, Washington.

Lukaschik, according to head coach John Galas, was recommended by another college player that Lane United was targeting (who then ended up with Werder Bremen in Germany). Galas called Lukaschik a “box-to-box central midfielder with the engine to get up and down the field for 90 minutes.” He started nearly every game for Fairleigh-Dickinson in 2013 and finished tied for second on the team in goals.

Lukaschik’s countryman and college teammate Dietrich was also a regular starter at Fairleigh-Dickinson, averaging 70 minutes per game. “A lot of his work doesn’t show up in the box score,” said Galas, “but as a solid outside midfielder he will complement our style of play and has great tactical understanding of the game.” Dietrich grew up training in the FC Union Berlin youth system in Germany.

Kiembi, the Brit, “reached out to us,” Galas mentioned, “and said he wanted the challenge and responsibility of helping a new club grow.” Since initially moving to the U.S. to begin school and play soccer at Bryan College in Tennessee, Kiembi has transferred to UT-Brownsville and in the meantime has played a season with the PDL side River City Rovers in Louisville, KY. Galas called him “a big, strong, athletic player who can be put anywhere in the midfield.” Kiembi was a regular starter for Brownsville in 2013.

Galas complimented the final recruit, the Northwest native Doholis, on his technical ability as an attacking midfielder and made reference to the fact that he started all but one game for the Beavers as a sophomore in 2013. He also enjoyed significant playing time as a freshman the year before. In high school, he played with fellow Lane United recruit Brenden Anderson in Gresham, OR, on the national championship-winning ESUFC Liverpool club side, in addition to being part of the U.S. U-17 national team residency program.

All 15 of Lane United’s currently committed and introduced players may be found on the roster page of our site.

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