Match Preview: Lane United Open 2016 Season Against Timbers U-23s
EUGENE, Ore. — After a full week of training, Lane United FC head coach John Galas is excited to see members of the 2016 roster take the field this Saturday, in Lane United’s first game of the PDL season. Lane United begins the season with a difficult matchup against the Portland Timbers U-23s at Tualatin Hills Athletic Center at 7pm.
The Reds saw an improved record in 2015 over 2014, and ended the season in fifth place in the Northwest Division of the PDL Western Conference. This year’s roster includes some familiar faces but adds some exciting newcomers from U.S. colleges and international clubs. When asked about the Timbers, coach Galas said, “I think our boys are up for the challenge, they have had a few days to train together and seem eager to compete Saturday night.”
The Portland Timbers U-23s finished the 2015 with a 6-2-4 record to earn second place in the Northwest Division. This year’s team includes former LUFC forwards, Timmy Mueller and Jordan Jones who both scored in Lane United’s 2-0 victory over the Timbers last July. Coach Galas made it clear that he wishes Timmy and Jordan all the best, but that the team’s focus will be on starting the season strongly by earning a victory for the Reds on the road.
“We are excited to finally get the season underway. It’s a long wait between seasons and we couldn’t be more excited than to take on the Timbers U23s in the opener.” said Galas. “This will be a massive challenge playing last year’s runners-up in the Division. It will be a true test of where we are as a club. They are loaded with talent, talent we know a lot about with the likes of Jordan Jose, Devonte Small and last year’s PDL young player of the year Timmy Mueller. They will be organized defensively, well coached, and certainly a threat going forward.”
The Reds will be donning their all-new Cascadia jerseys for the match in Beaverton, and their new home kit against Kitsap on May 13th at the WIllamalane Center in Springfield. Fans interested in supporting Lane United in their first away game can join the Red Aces away game bus. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes a ticket to the game, transportation to and from the game, and Oakshire beer. For more information, visit the Red Aces website.
Lane United FC vs. Portland Timbers U-23s
TUALATIN HILLS ATHLETIC CENTER, Beaverton, Ore.
May 7, 2016 (WEEK 1, PDL Game #1)
7 p.m. PT
The first game of Lane United’s 2016 PDL season will be a Cascadia matchup against Portland Timbers U-23s. Both teams have assembled strong rosters for the coming season and will look to improve on their records from 2015.
REFEREES: Center: Andrew Brooks. AR1: CJ Koll AR2: Ian Miller 4th: Carlos Tercero
ALL-TIME (4 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 3 goals … Portland: 2 wins, 4 goals … 1 tie
AT PORTLAND (2 meetings): Lane United: 0 wins, 1 goal … Portland: 2 wins, 3 goals … 1 tie
Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)
Portland 1 win, 2-0 (home)