Lane United FC Roster Nears Completion with Addition of Three Attackers
Lane United FC is close to completing its full roster for the 2014 inaugural season with the addition of three more players, all attack-minded, announced Thursday. Conner Bevans, a forward from Gonzaga, and two internationally raised players, Chico Sastre of Brazil and Pipo Peralt of Spain, have joined the team, according to head coach John Galas.
Bevans grew up in Anaheim, California, where he was a standout athlete at Servite High School, winning Orange County Player of the Year honors after his senior season, in which he recorded 27 goals and 14 assists. So far at Gonzaga, he has enjoyed regular playing time and finished second on the team in goals as a sophomore. He also adds a year of PDL playing experience to the Lane United team, as he spent the summer of 2013 in Arizona playing for FC Tucson. Galas praised Bevans for his “tireless work rate,” and added that “Conner will certainly set the tone for us defensively as we press high up the field.” Bevans will be joining fellow Gonzaga Bulldog Chris Lowrimore on Lane United in 2014.
Joining Bevans up front will be another standout striker, the Brazilian Francisco “Chico” Sastre. Sastre hails from São Paulo, Brazil, but began attending Post University in Waterbury, CT in 2012. Despite the fact that he led the Eagles in scoring in 2013, “his main pedigree is setting up others to score,” Galas said. “I think our fans will really appreciate his crafty, selfless play.” Galas said he was “thrilled” to partner Sastre with Bevans and Lane United’s other forwards, Pancho Vizcaino and Rolando Velazquez.
Alex “Pipo” Peralt, the third player to join Lane United in recent days, will travel from Spain to play for the Reds this summer. Peralt grew up in Valencia and has played with Ciutat de Valencia CFB and Mislata CF, the latter a fourth-division club in Spain. Galas said that Peralt was recommended to him by a coaching contact in Valencia, and after meeting Peralt on a recent trip to Spain, he was happy to bring him into the club. Galas called Peralt “a great one-on-one player with loads of skill who can play as a true wide midfield player or more centrally in a three-person midfield.”
Twenty players are now signed on to play for Lane United, and four more will be announced next week, according to Galas. The first out-of-town players will have arrived by the end of April, he said. Basic information about all the players on the squad so far is available at the roster page.