Lane United Wrap Up 2016 Season
On June 15th, Lane United wrapped up the 2016 season with a special home game at Papé Field. The Reds took on the Washington Crossfire for a chance to gain the third-place spot in the PDL Northwest Division. The game ended disappointingly for the Reds (full match report here), but that didn’t take away from the overall success that the club enjoyed this season.
The season began with a bang when the Reds defeated the Timbers U-23s 1-0, in their first game of the season at Tualatin Hills Athletic Center. They continued earning points at home and on the road with three consecutive ties vs Kitsap Pumas, Victoria Highlanders, and Portland Timbers U-23s before recording their first loss of the season to the Sounders U-23s.
The Reds rallied after that loss, earning a draw two days later against Washington Crossfire, and wins against South Sound FC (non-league friendly), Seattle Sounders U-23s, and Calgary Foothills FC. The Reds lost a bit of momentum in the later half of the season, beginning with a loss at home to Calgary Foothills FC and followed by a draw against non-league rival Club Jalisco, and a loss at home to the Timbers U-23s.
The last four games of the season had a lot riding on them with a chance to earn a spot in the Northwest Division Playoffs and the US Open Cup. Lane United kept their playoff hopes alive with a 1-1 tie against Washington Crossfire on the road but their dream was cut short by a loss to the Kitsap Pumas four days later. The Reds ended the season with a draw against the Victoria Highlanders and Friday night’s loss to the Crossfire to finish sixth in the Northwest Division.
Many LUFC fans will agree that the improvement in the Reds’ overall quality of play, and the dramatic chase for a spot in the playoffs is not reflected in their final division standings and that this season’s team was the best the club has seen. “I’m proud of the effort from the guys all season long,” coach John Galas said. “This is the most talented group of players we’ve had yet….I know I speak for all the players and everyone at the club when I say thank you to them, for such incredible support.”
On behalf of the players, coaches, and staff, Lane United would like to thank all of the fans, sponsors, and volunteers who made this season possible. Thank you for another fantastic season!