Lane United FC 8, Liga Unida XI 0
Lane United FC handily won its exhibition match, 8-0, against the all-stars of Springfield’s Liga Unida on Tuesday night. Casey Phillips opened the scoring for the Reds after 12 minutes with a typically powerful and well-placed left-footed shot, his first goal of the year, and a torrent of goals followed, with Lane United up 5-0 by halftime. Raul Muntean, Devonte Small, and Brenden Anderson all scored their first goals in a Lane United jersey, while Timothy Mueller bagged his 10th and 11th of 2015 in all competitions, putting him on a blistering pace of one per game, including at least one in the last five consecutive matches. The Liga Unida XI came closest to pulling a goal back in the middle of the second half, when Elvis Ontiveros cracked a 25-yard half-volley off the crossbar, but in the end they were outshot 20-2 by the PDL club.
After Phillips had opened the scoring in the 12th minute, Mueller blasted a 20-yard shot off the post a few minutes later and then decided to move closer in for his next few chances. In both, he simply ran past the Liga Unida center backs and finished 1v1 against goalkeeper Jonathan Morales, side footing past him the first time and chipping him the second. Devonte Small had assisted his second; in the 30th minute, Mueller returned the favor by crossing for Small to finish with a diving header. Cristian Cataluña then got into the act, crossing for Raul Muntean to prod home to make it 5-0 by halftime. Barely two minutes into the second half, Brenden Anderson rose to head in a Raul Muntean corner kick, then Small grabbed his second after Baldo had done most of the hard work, racing through midfield and eventually setting him up on the left side of the box. Baldo himself scored from the left side of the box ten minutes later — his first goal since the opening night of the season due to his long injury break — and that left the final tally at eight.
Lane United head coach John Galas commended “the professionalism with which both teams approached the game. Our guys went out and played to their abilities, and everyone was able to stay fresh and get the right number of minutes, and a few guys got on the scoresheet for their first time ever. And to (the Liga Unida team’s) credit, when they went down by a couple of goals they stayed composed, kept playing hard but fair, never got chippy. You could see the respect both teams had for each other out on the field.” Lane United next look forward to what is likely to be a very stiff test, on Saturday against the unbeaten and division-leading Kitsap Pumas at their home field in Bremerton, Washington. They return to the Willamalane Center for a massive home fixture against the Portland Timbers U-23s on the night of July 3.