Lane United Rolls in Final Home Friendly
SPRINGFIELD — Lane United welcomed Berliner Weisse FC to the Les Schwab Sports Park for the final home friendly of the 2017 season Saturday, but the Reds weren’t so friendly in terms of the score.
LUFC outscored the visitors 10-1 on a beautiful summer night in the WIllamette Valley and were led by forward Anthony Macchione who put away five goals. Defender Peter Prescott scored two of his own after moving up to the front line in the second half.
The Reds improved to 4-0 in friendly matches on the season, matchups head coach John Galas has used for getting different players minutes and tinkering with lineups or positions for the regulars.
Saturday, however, was special as the Berliner Weisse FC roster featured players from the local area, some who have even played for Lane United in the past or have aspirations to be Reds in the future.
“We know a lot about the guys on that roster and player for player they’re good, I was surprised by the scoreline,” Galas said. “These are all guys who either grew up playing here or are currently playing here. They’re all good players and it’s great to do something like this for our community.”
Macchione has been a terror in friendlies this season, scoring goal after goal in the four non league matches, but has struggled to find the back of the net in PDL games. He was able to get open chances throughout the match Saturday and didn’t waste them when he had an opportunity.
“I’ve been struggling so far this year to find the net in PDL games, so it felt good to finally do that again and get my legs back under me,” Macchione said. “These games are always a good exercise because you can move the ball and start to form connections with other teammates. It’s a very good experience for the team.”
Lane United enters the final week of the season with an away friendly at Southern Oregon Starphire on Wednesday, followed by the final match of the season at home against in-state PDL rival Portland Timbers U23.
The Reds will potentially have an opportunity to play the role of spoiler in that season finale as Timbers U23 are in the hunt for not only a playoff position, but a league title. Portland currently sits atop the table after defeating Calgary Foothills FC 4-0 Saturday, with another matchup against Foothills coming Sunday.
For Lane United, the match represents not only a spoiler opportunity, but a chance to make history in the Reds’ short four year time as a PDL franchise. A win over Portland would give LUFC 17 points on the league season, the most ever as a club.
“We want to win,” Galas said. “If we can play spoiler in any capacity we will, but I want to send these guys off with the most points in program history and a win. The commitment level and dedication from these guys all season has been wonderful. I don’t expect that to slip up at all.”
UP NEXT: Lane United hosts Portland Timbers U23 next Sunday, July 16, in a match that could determine the PDL Northwest Division Championship. Click here to get tickets and support your Reds!