Match Preview: Lane United Hit the Road for Two Games in Three Days
The Reds are back on the road this weekend for two games in three days. Lane United will begin their road trip in Bremerton Washington on Saturday, July 9th, where they’ll take on the Kitsap Pumas at 7:00 PM at Gordon Field. In their previous match-up against Kitsap this season, the Reds earned a 0-0 draw at home.
After Monday night’s 1-1 draw against Washington Crossfire, Lane United sits in third place in the Northwest Division of the PDL; 7 points behind second-place Calgary Foothills FC. The Boys in Red will need to pick up some points on the road this weekend in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Kitsap holds the sixth-place spot in the Northwest Division but that doesn’t mean they can be easily overlooked. The Pumas won the division last year and have earned 6 points in their last six games including a 0-0 draw against the Portland Timbers U-23s on Wednesday night.
When asked about Saturday’s game coach John Galas said, “Two games in three days away from home with massive playoff implications on the line… what more could you want? What a great opportunity to play a pro club on the road, with a chance to keep our playoff hopes alive. Kitsap haven’t had the best of results by their high standard this year, but make no mistake about it, record aside they are as good as anyone in the country. They’ll most likely press us high up the pitch, make it difficult for us to find our rhythm and play our style of play and if we do get in behind, they’ll look to catch us on the break. They’ll be organized, with the likes of Keitz, and DeZorzi anchoring the back four and will rely on Sanchez and Ramos to create and score goals. We’ll have to play a disciplined defensive game, and take what few chances we may get in order to take 3 points away from home.”
Following Saturday’s match, Coach Galas and his team will travel to Victoria, B.C. to take on the Victoria Highlanders on Monday, July 11th, at 7:30 PM. The Reds’ last match-up against the Highlanders also ended in a 0-0 draw at Willamalane.
Lane United FC vs. Kitsap Pumas
Gordon Field, Bremerton, WA.
July 9, 2016 (WEEK 10, PDL Game #11)
7:00 p.m. PT
Lane United’s takes on the Kitsap Pumas for the second time this season after earning a 0-0 draw against the defending PDL Northwest Division champs at Willamalane on May 13th.
REFEREES: Center: Raul Sheran AR1: Cephas Quartson AR2: Mike Hohnholz 4th: Soo-Hui Um
ALL-TIME (5 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 1 goal … Kitsap: 4 wins, 10 goals
AT KITSAP (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 0 goals … Kitsap: 2 wins, 6 goals
Draw (0-0) at Willamalane 5/13/2106
Lane United: 0 wins
Kitsap: 2 wins, 4-0 (home), 2-0 (at Lane)