Match Preview: Lane United Hosts Kitsap Pumas in 2016 Home-Opener
EUGENE, Ore. — Coming off a comprehensive road win against Portland Timbers U-23s to open the 2016 season, Lane United prepares to host the 2015 PDL Northwest Division Champion Kitsap Pumas. The Reds’ first home game of the season will take place Friday, May 13th, at 7:00 pm at the Willamlane Center for Sports and Recreation.
The Kitsap Pumas began the 2016 season with a 3-0 win over Victoria Highlanders on Saturday, May 7th. Kitsap’s 2016 roster includes former LUFC midfielder, Mikhail Doholis who played for Lane United in the club’s inaugural PDL season in 2014.
“Kitsap is always a tough opponent. We haven’t had much luck against them at all in our brief history. It is always a great measuring stick when you get to play a professional club. They have been in great form, having had a 2 month pre-season and roughly 8 or 9 games already, they’ll be fit and in great rhythm. We’ve talked to our guys all week about how they are the ‘Gold Standard’ of the league, and the margin for error in this match is so small. I’ve challenged our group to go out and play a perfect game and that is what it will take to knock off the defending league champions. They’ll be organized defensively, committed going forward, and will compete for 90 minutes. The boys seem up for the challenge and we are excited to play them and see how we stack up.”
The first home game of the season will feature a number of noteworthy events for players and fans alike. The Reds will wear their new 2016 home kits for the game, sponsored by Oakshire Brewing. During half-time, Firemed of Eugene/Springfield will run the second annual Firemed Football Challenge. Fans can sign up for their free raffle ticket via the event website. This year’s home games will also feature a rotation of food options for fans as well as the ever-popular Oakshire beer garden. Food options for Fridays game will include Chachi’s Burritos and Navarro’s Latin Creole Kitchen.
To purchase tickets for LUFC’s first home game, visit Lane United’s ticket page.
Lane United FC vs. Kitsap Pumas
WILLAMALANE CENTER FOR SPORTS AND RECREATION, Springfield, Ore.
May 13, 2016 (WEEK 2, PDL Game #2)
7 p.m. PT
The first home game of Lane United’s 2016 PDL season will be a tough matchup against 2015 PDL Northwest Division champs, Kitsap Pumas. Each team comes off a winning first weekend of PDL play and will look to continue their winning streak into week two.
REFEREES: Center: Andrew Marihart AR1: Bennett Savage AR2: Andres Salcedo 4th: Ben Goodman
ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 1 goal … Kitsap: 4 wins, 10 goals
AT WILLAMALANE (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 1 goal … Kitsap: 2 wins, 4 goals
Lane United: 0 wins
Kitsap: 2 wins, 4-0 (home), 2-0 (at Lane)