Match Preview: Lane United Prepare for Third Match Against Timbers U-23s
After a twelve-day hiatus from league play which included a friendly exhibition match against local Liga Unida team, Club Jalisco, Lane United are switching gears as they prepare to host Portland Timbers U-23s on Wednesday night. This match will mark the third time the reds have played the Timbers U-23s this season. In the first match of the season on May 7th, Lane United traveled to Tualatin Hills Recreation Center where they defeated the Timbers U-23s 1-0 off an 11th-minute goal from Nathan Braaten. On May 24th, the Reds traveled to Providence Park where they fought back from a 2-0 deficit at halftime to tie the Timbers U-23s 3-3.
Wednesday’s game will mark the second-to-last home game of the regular PDL season for the Reds and will be the final 2016 home game at Willamalane unless they host a playoff game. Lane United will host their final home game of the season at the University of Oregon’s Papé Field on July 15th, against Washington Crossfire.
The Portland Timbers U-23s are currently in last place in the Northwest Division at 1-5-3, a record which belies their quality. “This Timbers group will not look like the first two Timbers U-23 teams we have faced” said Coach Galas. “Numerous players have left, and a new batch has come in. We won’t have to face Timmy Mueller this game as he is off on trial in Switzerland, which is great for him. Putting their record aside this team is as good as anyone in this league. They have been through a coaching change and numerous player changes, but this is a well coached group, a very competitive group that would love nothing more than to get a result away from home and spoil our playoff chances. We will have to be very disciplined defensively, deal with their press, and be resilient on set pieces for a complete 90 minutes. We haven’t played our best soccer yet this year, and it will take a comprehensive effort from all of us to get a result Wednesday night. I hope our loyal fans can come out and give us the extra energy we may need to stay in this playoff hunt.”
Wednesday’s game is a can’t-miss event for Lane United fans pushing the Reds toward a first ever playoff appearance. Tickets can be purchased at laneunitedfc.com/tickets
Lane United FC vs. Portland Timbers U-23s
WILLAMALANE, Springfield, Ore.
June 29, 2016
7:00 p.m. PT
Lane United FC takes on Portland Timbers U-23s at home after earning a win and a tie against the Timbers U-23s on the road this season.
REFEREES: Center: Benjamin Warren AR1: Michael Armstrong AR2: Riley Hooper 4th: Joe Cowman
ALL-TIME (6 meetings): Lane United: 2 wins, 7 goals … Portland: 2 wins, 7 goals … 2 ties
AT Willamalane (2 meetings): Lane United: 1 win, 2 goals … Portland: 1 win, 1 goal
Lane United 1 win, 1-0 (away) …1 tie 3-3 (away)
Timbers 0 wins
Lane United 1 win, 2-0 (home)
Portland 1 win, 2-0 (home)