Match Preview: Lane United Heads to Washington for Two-Game Road Trip
EUGENE, Ore. — Lane United are back on the road this weekend with a two-game lineup in Washington. The Reds will begin the weekend by facing off against Seattle Sounders U-23s on Friday, June 3rd then will move on to face Washington Crossfire on Sunday, June 5th. The Reds are currently in third-place in the PDL Northwest Division, with 6 points for the season.
The Seattle Sounders U-23s had a late start to their 2016 PDL season, due to their participation in the U.S. Open Cup. Of the two league games they have played thus far, the Sounders U-23s have earned one win against Washington Crossfire and one loss against Kitsap Pumas. The Sounders will play nine games during the month of June to make up for the late start to their season.
Coach John Galas said, “Sounders U23 are, as usual, one of the top teams in the league. They are well coached, disciplined and organized defensively and will always be dangerous on the attack with Delgado up top. We haven’t had much luck on the road in last two years with the Sounders U23’s and we fully expect a tough match. They have quality and depth in every position, we will need to play extremely well to get a result on the road.”
Following their game on Friday, the Reds will have just one day of rest before taking on Washington Crossfire on Sunday at Lake Washington High School. Crossfire currently sits just ahead of Lane United in the Northwest Division table with seven points to Lane United’s six. Washington also faces a two-game weekend with their first match taking place on Friday against Portland Timbers U-23s.
“Crossfire are another tough group in this extremely competitive league” said Galas. “They have had some great early results, and we fully expect them to come at us. They do play the Timbers U23’s on the Friday night, so perhaps we’ll see a different group than the one we have scouted, but nonetheless, they will be as competitive as anyone in this NW Division.”
Lane United FC vs. Seattle Sounders U-23s
SUNSET STADIUM, Sumner, Wash.
June 3, 2016 (WEEK 5, PDL Game #5)
7:30 p.m. PT
Lane United travels to Washington for the first of two road games this weekend. The first game will be a matchup against Seattle Sounders U-23s. Lane United looks to break free from their streak of closely-fought ties with a win on the road.
REFEREE: Soo-Hui Um AR1 (bench): Christian Clerc AR2(opposite): Rachel Cabacungan 4th: Joshua Merfeld
ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 3 goals … Seattle: 3 wins, 7 goals
AT SEATTLE (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Seattle: 2 wins, 5 goals
Lane United 0 wins
Seattle 2 wins, 1-0 (home) … 1-2 (at Lane United)
Lane United FC vs. Washington Crossfire
LAKE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL, Kirkland, Wash.
June 5, 2016 (WEEK 5, PDL Game #6)
5:00 p.m. PT
Lane United continues their Washington road trip with a match against Washington Crossfire.
REFEREE: CJ Koll AR1 (bench): Manuel S Soledad B AR2(opposite): Benjamin Moore 4th: Vernon Winters
ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 5 goals … Washington: 2 wins, 6 goals … 1 tie
AT WASHINGTON (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 2 goals … Washington: 2 wins, 5 goals
Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)
Washington 1 win, 3-1 (home)