2017 Player Announcements: Week Three

March 22, 2017

Lane United has started announcing players for the 2017 PDL season. Each week we will release a new group of players as the season gets closer. All announced signings are pending league approval.

Ben Willis

College: Gonzaga

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6-2

Class: Junior

Hometown: Federal Way, Washington

Twitter: @BenWillis18

2016 season with Lane United: Started all nine matches in goal he appeared in for the Reds…recorded 765 minutes in his nine appearances…allowed six goals while making 18 saves…posted a GAA of 0.71…helped Lane United to four shutouts on the year.

2016 season with Gonzaga: Played in 17 matches for the Bulldogs, making the start in goal in each of those appearances…allowed 26 goals on the season while recording 47 saves…had a 1.53 GAA on the year…helped Gonzaga to three shutouts…selected to WCC Soccer All-Academic Honorable Mention Team.

Willis: “I’m looking forward to getting back at it with the returning guys and playing with all of the new players. All of the guys that coach Galas is bringing in are some of the best in the country and this summer should be an exciting one for all of us. We have the best fans in the country, an amazing coaching staff and have the potential to make a deep postseason run. I can’t wait to be back for my second year and do something special with this club.”

Coach Galas: “In nine league matches last year Ben had a .71 GA average. He proved he was consistently one of the best in the Division, and certainly in the Western Conference which has been rich with GK talent over the years. We have had a great tradition of exceptional goalkeepers here at Lane United with the likes of Bersano, Lowrimore, Barazza, and now Willis coming back for his second year. I expect him to immediately make an impact with this group and compete for substantial minutes this summer. He has an incredible GK coach in Vito Higgins at Gonzaga University, and he will no doubt come here this summer and make a huge impact.”

Matt Coffey

College: Portland

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-11

Weight: 160

Class: R-Junior

Hometown: Sandy, Utah

2016 season with Lane United: Played in nine matches for the Reds, logging 639 minutes…scored two goals on the season, both coming against Sounders FC U23 in a 3-1 win (June 12)…recorded two assists, one each against Timbers FC U23 (May 24) and Sounders FC U23 (June 3)…recorded three shots, all against Sounders FC U23 (June 12).

2016 season with Portland: Played in all 19 matches for the Pilots while making 17 starts…scored three goals on the season vs Bradley (Sept. 11) , at San Francisco (Oct. 9), vs Saint Mary’s (Nov. 12)…contributed an assist vs San Jose State (Sept. 4)…had 21 shots, seven of them on goal…goal on Nov. 12 vs Saint Mary’s was the game-winner in a 1-0 win.

Coffey: “I’m really excited about coming back to Lane United for the summer. We have amazing fans, facilities, coaches and players. I hope we can build upon some success we had last year with a conference championship and playoff push!”

Coach Galas: “Matt is such a tremendous person, and brings so much life and energy to each and every session. I absolutely love having him around. He is such a positive person and that positive energy is contagious in the locker room. He is a very versatile and intelligent player.  Last year he played as a 7, 8, 11 and even had a few minutes as a 3 against the Timbers in that entertaining 3-3 match at Providence Park. In this league you need players that can play in a variety of positions at times and Matt certainly can do that when called upon. I am really looking forward to working with him again this summer and hope this experience prepares him for his final season at the University of Portland this fall.”

Alvaro Adan

College: West Virginia Tech

Position: Defender

Height: 5-8

Class: So.

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Twitter: @UrreaAdan

2016 season WVU Tech: Played in all 22 games for the Golden Bears…scored a goal in a 2-1 win over Keiser University (Sep. 2)…recorded six assists, including a season high two against Cincinnati Christian (Oct. 29)…tallied 11 shots on the season, seven of them on goal.

Playing experience in Spain: Played third division for CD Coslada last summer…previous year played under-18 third division with AD Torrejon de Ardoz…scored five goals and contributed eight assists with AD Torrejon…previously trained with Atletico Madrid academy.

Adan: “I’m delighted to sign with Lane United this summer and anxious to compete with my new family while making this a great, competitive, successful experience.”

Coach Galas: “Alvaro comes highly recommended from a colleague in Valencia, Spain. We are excited to welcome him to the club this summer. He is a versatile attacking left back that can also play as a holding mid if needed. He has tremendous technical ability, is very composed on the ball, and will look to attack down the flank much like Jose Carlos Terron did for us last year.  He will fit our style and system very well this summer.”

Vicente Mora

Previous Club: UE Gandia

Position: Midfielder

Height: 6-1

Weight: 175

Hometown: Valencia, Spain

2016 season with Lane United: Played in nine games…recorded 721 minutes on the season…scored two goals, one against Portland Timbers U23 in a 3-3 draw (May 24) and the other against Victoria Highlanders FC in a 2-2 draw (July 11)…had one assist in the 3-3 draw with Timbers U23 (May 24)…recorded 10 shots.

Mora: “I am really happy to come back to Lane United FC this season. I have really enjoyed my time with them and Lane United has been one of the most important experiences in my life. Sharing time on the field with my teammates and my coaches is an honor for me. I can’t wait to wear the red shirt of Lane United again and see my american family.”

 Coach Galas: “Having Vicente come back for his second year gives us great depth, balance and experience in our midfield.  He is such a gifted player, having spent time with Real Madrid youth academy he has such a great tactical understanding of the game, and is just a wonderful person on and off the field. I look forward to working with him this season and welcoming him back to our club. He is having a terrific season with U.E. Gandia in Spain and we hope that quality and confidence carries over to his PDL season.”

Isma Fernandez

Previous Club: UE Gandia

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-10

Weight: 160

Hometown: Valencia, Spain

Twitter: @7_ISMA

2016 season with Lane United: Played in nine games…recorded 720 minutes on the season…scored a goal in the 3-3 draw with Portland Timbers U23 at Providence Park (May 24)…tallied 19 shots on the season.

Fernandez: “I want to start by thanking all the fans of Lane United. I don’t have words to express what they have done for me. Thanks to you I can enjoy another summer doing what I love, playing soccer. Being able to be a part of the team for a third consecutive year is an authentic pleasure. I am very happy to defend the colors of Lane United. See you soon, Reds!”  

Coach Galas: “Probably one of the most technically gifted players we have had in our brief history. Isma has an infectious personality, he is an amazing young man who brings such great energy and passion to playing this game. This will be his third year with us, and I am eager to get him back to Eugene for the summer. He has been playing with Vicente Mora with U.E. Gandia and has been very productive on the field, and we hope that goal scoring form translates to a successful PDL season for him this summer. He is clearly a fan favorite, and I couldn’t be happier with the support he has received from this community. Welcome back Isma! “

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