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New Roster Additions: Will Seymour, Cristian Cataluña, and Cristian de Luis

April 28, 2015

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Lane United FC is introducing three more players to its roster: Will Seymore, who is a former Oregon State Beaver and a 2015 MLS SuperDraft pick, and two more Spaniards, Cristian Cataluña and Cristian de Luis. The latter two are the fifth and sixth players, respectively, to join Lane United from the USA Tryouts in Valencia, Spain in March — the first four having been introduced in an announcement last week.

Seymore, who was born in Colorado but raised mostly in England, finished his senior season at Oregon State in 2014, starting in 20 of their 21 matches and being named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team at the end of the season. In all, Seymore started 53 games for the Beavers over his four years in Corvallis. In January, he was chosen with the 14th pick of the third round of the MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas.

The two Spaniards were hand-picked by Lane United directors John and Dave Galas at the USA Tryouts, hosted by the Global Sportainment Group, in Valencia, Spain in March, although their paperwork with the U.S. Soccer Federation did not clear until recently. Cristian Cataluña, an attacking midfielder, most recently played for Massanassa CF, a club in the Valencian regional league in Spain. He was teammates there with the other signing, Cristian de Luis, a 6’1″, skillful center-half who will provide the Reds with significant size and experience in the back line. Both players will arrive in Eugene in early May and spend the season living with homestay families in the area.

Lane United head coach and sporting director John Galas praised the contingent of Spanish players last week, saying, “Each and every one of these players will come in and contribute right away. We had very specific needs position-wise as we went over to Spain, and those voids were filled. We’ve added quality in the defensive line, we’ve added numbers and loads of talent in our midfield, and we have complemented an already explosive and dynamic front line.”

He added today that the acquisition of the vastly experienced Seymore gave the Reds “a player who excelled at the collegiate level at Oregon State, and young man who established himself at the U23 level with the Portland Timbers.  He will provide us with great leadership and experience, which we need in our back line.”

Lane United’s season kicks off on Friday, May 8 with a home match at 7:00 pm against South Sound FC, a team from Tacoma, Washington. The league opener is away to the Portland Timbers U-23s at Providence Park on May 14 — fans wishing to attend can buy tickets from the Red Aces. The home league opener is against last year’s national PDL runners-up Kitsap Pumas on May 16.

Four Spanish Newcomers Announced

April 23, 2015

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Lane United FC today is welcoming four new Spanish players to the team: Cristian Couto, Richy Hurtado, Ismael (Isma) Fernández and Alex Pantoja. All four were chosen for the team by Lane United FC directors John and Dave Galas at the USA Tryouts that were held in Valencia, Spain in mid-March of this year, but the players had to wait until recently to see their paperwork cleared with the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Another Spaniard, Josep Baldoví, well-known to Lane United fans from 2014, will be playing for the Reds in 2015 and recently received approval from the USSF as well. And three more Spanish players are waiting to be cleared; they will be announced on this blog as soon as that happens.

There is one defender among the new crop — Cristian Couto — while the other three newcomers plus Baldo are all midfielders. All the players have recently been plying their trade with regional or terçera (third) division clubs in Spain: Hurtado with UE Calonge in his native Catalonia; Pantoja and Fernández with Mirandés B and Gandía, respectively, near Valencia; and Couto with Móstoles CF outside Madrid.

The Spanish players will live with homestay families in the area for the duration of the season following their arrival in Eugene in the beginning of May.

“We had very specific needs position-wise as we went over to Spain, and those voids were filled. We’ve added quality in the defensive line, we’ve added numbers and loads of talent in our midfield, and we have complemented an already explosive and dynamic front line.”

— LUFC head coach John Galas

Lane United FC sporting director and head coach John Galas was effusive in his praise of the Spaniards, each of whom he personally observed in Valencia in March. “I am excited to welcome these young men to the club in early May,” he said. “I think the fans will welcome them with open arms, and they will quickly learn that these players have a tremendous amount of talent. We had a clear objective when we went over to scout these players in March. We wanted players with great character, players with a solid playing background, and most importantly we wanted players that were excited to come play for Lane United FC. All of these young men tick all those boxes.”

“Through our relationship with GSG, and SoccerMedia, we found exactly what we were looking for. Each and every one of these players will come in and contribute right away. We had very specific needs position-wise as we went over to Spain, and those voids were filled. We’ve added quality in the defensive line, we’ve added numbers and loads of talent in our midfield, and we have complemented an already explosive and dynamic front line. Not only do these young men bring great experience to this team, there presence will allow us to have a much more balanced team as well as the ability to rest players when needed. The Premier Development League is a short, yet very intense season, so it is imperative to have quality in your starting XI, as well as your seven subs game in and game out. We have created a roster of quality and depth, and this will no doubt create competition in every training session.”

The 2015 Lane United FC season kicks off May 8 with a home match at the Willamalane Center in Springfield against South Sound FC, an EPLWA team from Tacoma, Washington. The league opener is on May 14 away to the Portland Timbers U-23s, and the home league opener is May 16 against the defending national PDL runners-up Kitsap Pumas.

Matt Bersano the Latest Red to Train in Spain

March 20, 2015

Following in the footsteps of his teammate Daley Stevens, Lane United FC goalkeeper Matt Bersano is enjoying a spell of training in Valencia, Spain, prior to the upcoming PDL season. Along with his high school teammate and FC Tucson midfielder Brian Hoyt, Bersano has practiced already with several teams — Atlético Saguntino, CF Cullera and UD Alzira — in the Spanish terçera (third) division, and is expected to move up to a team in the segunda B within the next week. He will return to the U.S. in early April and begin training with Lane United shortly thereafter.

Bersano’s exploits are the latest to highlight the connection between Lane United and the city of Valencia. In the 2014 inaugural Lane United season, the Reds drew four players from Valencia, including Josep Baldoví, who went on to lead the midfield and garner the second-most minutes overall despite missing the first game of the season. In November and December of last year, Eugene native and Lane United fullback Stevens spent time training with several clubs in and around the Spanish city. And just last week, John and Dave Galas, the Lane United directors, embarked on a scouting trip to Valencia that resulted in six European players committing to play for the Reds this summer (they will be fully introduced on this blog and on the roster once their paperwork clears).

“It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to expand our reach across the Atlantic to Spain,” said Lane United sporting director and head coach John Galas. “Global Sportainment Group, who put on the tryouts, and SoccerMedia were great hosts and the level of professionalism in which this event was run was first class. We’ve already had a great and fruitful relationship with both groups and we’re looking forward to more in the years to come,” he added.

Bersano, who graduated from Oregon State this winter after captaining the Beavers to an outstanding PAC-12 record and their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2003 in the fall, has barely given himself time to relax in the off-season. He spent the MLS preseason in training with Sporting Kansas City, then immediately departed for Spain soon after. After the Lane United season, which starts in early May and could extend as late as early August, he will be attending Penn State University and using up his final year of NCAA eligibility to play for the Nittany Lions.

The Lane United FC season kicks off on May 8 with a home match against South Sound FC. Open tryouts for the team take place this weekend at the Willamalane Center in Springfield and are free to watch for the public.

Eugene’s Daley Stevens Aims to be First of Many LUFC Ambassadors to Spain

December 3, 2014

Lane United FC fullback and Eugene native Daley Stevens has traveled to Spain to train with third-division Atlético Saguntino, head coach and sporting director John Galas said this week. Stevens, who starred at South Eugene High School and player-coached on the University of Oregon’s men’s club soccer team before playing in Lane United’s inaugural season in 2014, left for Valencia on November 21.

According to Galas, Stevens immediately began training and playing with Tavernes Blanques CF, a club in Spain’s Valencian regional division, on the invitation of Lane United teammate and native Valencian Alex “Pipo” Peralt. He showed progress there and soon moved up to nearby Atlético Saguntino to pursue a more advanced opportunity. Atlético play in the next-highest league, Spain’s tercera división.

The Spanish soccer season lines up neatly with Lane United’s, ending in May just as Lane United will begin their 2015 campaign. Galas said he was “thrilled” at the thought of Stevens spending significant time playing at a high level in Spain during the American off-season, saying that “it can only help Daley continue to develop as a player. We believe he’ll come back a more polished player for Lane United in 2015, as he already showed great progress with us this past season.”

Galas was pleased not only by the potential for Stevens’ individual progress, but by the solidification of Lane United FC’s ties with clubs across the Atlantic. “Daley is the first instance of something that we’ve always had as a long-term strategy, which is to get some of our guys playing experience over in Spain,” Galas continued. “Our partners in Valencia started the tryouts last year that ended up with Pipo (Alex Peralt), Baldo (Josep Baldoví) and Eleazar Ocaña coming to play with LUFC in 2014. Obviously that was great for the team in an immediate sense, but in the long term it allows us to build the connections that allow a guy like Daley to make the most of his time, improving his play and seeing the world over in Spain.”

Atlético Saguntino play in Sagunt, a port city 30 kilometers to the north of central Valencia on Spain’s Mediterranean coastline. The club currently sit only eight points out of first place in their region of the tercera división. You can keep abreast of Daley’s progress in Spain here at the Lane United FC blog in the coming months.

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