Reds Continue Playoff Push vs. Timbers U23
It’s another important week for the Reds’ Premier Development League playoff hopes.
Lane United returns home to the Les Schwab Sports Park Thursday at 7:30pm for a Northwest Division match vs in-state rival Portland Timbers U23 before going on the road and facing the same club in Salem at 7pm Saturday.
The Reds (5-2-4 Overall, 2-2-4 PDL) are coming off a successful weekend in Calgary, taking two points from 2016 PDL national runner-up and current Northwest Division leader Foothills FC. Lane United allowed just one penalty kick goal in two matches to a strong offensive club by playing quality defense and limiting chances for the Calgary front line.
“I was pleased with the way our guys played in Calgary,” Lane United head coach John Galas said. “Keeping the national finalists from 2016 to one lone PK goal over 180 minutes is a credit to how well we defended.”
After taking the two away points in Canada, Lane United returns home where they have a +18 goal differential through five matches at 20-2. The Reds have been able to score early and often at the Les Schwab Sports Park, putting opposing sides in holes they haven’t been able to recover from.
Currently sitting in fourth place just three points behind Timbers U23 and Sounders U23, the Reds are in a position to move up the table with five of the last six league matches coming at home.
Timbers U23 (3-1-4) come to town Thursday riding a six match unbeaten streak beginning with a 2-2 draw against Lane United in Salem on May 29. Since that match the Reds added a couple of their players to the mix and have had time to mesh as a unit.
“I think our entire group, from the strikers to our back four is coming together defensively and we will need that same mentality, same commitment level to deal with a very good Timbers U23 side,” Galas said.
Portland will be heading to the Les Schwab Sports Park with a lot of confidence riding the winning streak, but it has been far from easy for any side to come in and play well this season against Lane United. The Reds have been able to ride emotion from the Red Aces and put away teams before they even know what happened.
The two matches this week will go a long way in determining the stretch run for the Lane United season. Dominating at home and being competitive on the road has put the Reds in a position to accomplish goals set forth before the season began.
“There are 18 points left out there for us to play for this season,” Galas said. “We have to capitalize on this opportunity to close the gap between us and the Timbers U23’s. We are undefeated at home and hopefully that confidence will give us an advantage Thursday night.”
Summer is here! All kids get into Thursday’s match for free when they wear a soccer jersey (except Timbers)! Plus, any kids who sign up for our youth summer camps at the match will receive $10 off.
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UP NEXT: Lane United hosts Victoria Highlanders FC for a Thursday, Saturday two-match set next week on June 29 and July 1. Click here to get your tickets!