Reds Look For Away Win at Sounders U23 Friday
EUGENE — Lane United travels to face Seattle Sounders U-23 for the second time in as many weeks Friday at 7:30pm for an important PDL Northwest Division matchup between two sides with playoff aspirations.
The Reds remained unbeaten at home in 2017 after defeating Seattle 4-1 at the Les Schwab Sports Park last week, putting away four against a club who had allowed just one goal in its four previous PDL matches.
Left back Casey ChubbFertal, who recorded a goal and assist in last week’s match liked the way his teammates kept the pressure on after scoring an early goal. Lane United eventually put Sounders U-23 in a 3-0 hole after the first 45 minutes of play.
Facing a strong side on the road will be a tougher task for the Reds (4-1-2 overall, 2-1-2 PDL) as they haven’t been able to find the same results away from home so far this season. However after continued work in training and getting more comfortable with teammates as each day goes by a step forward is bound to happen.
“It starts in training,” ChubbFertal said. “It’s a mentality and we need to start games like we did Friday. We know it’s tough on the road with the away fans and playing away from home, but we’re working towards that and seeing the progress as games go. So hopefully we can bring that attitude this week.”
Head coach John Galas was happy with the result in last week’s 4-1 victory, but would like to see improvement in transition and better quality on the break. Two things that will lead to more scoring chances and will help the Reds get the away result they are looking for.
“Last week was a great team performance with four different goal scorers, but that game is over and done with,” Galas said. “Friday’s game will be our most difficult yet. We’ve never beaten the Sounders away from home.”
Finishing scoring chances with goals was the biggest problem for Lane United last season, but a big step in the right direction in 2017 has been putting away those chances. Even with one less match played, Lane United’s 12 goals forced sit tied atop the division in scoring with Calgary Foothills FC.
Seattle is coming off a 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers U-23 at home Sunday after getting a late stoppage time equalizer from John Dale to secure a point. Sounders are a side that has relied on defense and goalkeeping with just seven goals forced and six goals allowed, but four of those allowed goals came against Lane United.
“As expected the Sounders will be organized, hard to break down and tremendously dangerous in transition and set pieces,” Galas said. “They’ll have a few key players back that we will need to pay particular attention to. This will be a great test for our boys as they look to climb up the league table.”
Up Next: Lane United returns home for its third friendly of 2017 when Southern Oregon Starphire visit the Les Schwab Sports Park Tuesday, June 13 for a 7:00pm kickoff.