Lane United FC Falls 3-0 to Timbers U23s in Inaugural Friendly
The men in red of Lane United FC penned the first chapter in the club’s competitive history on Thursday night, falling to the Portland Timber’s U-23s by a 3-0 score in front of a raucous crowd at South Eugene High School.
Head coach Gabriel Hernandez assembled the squad less than two weeks ago and while the inexprience of the squad was evident at times, mostly on offense, there were flashes of brilliance.
“For the amount of time we had to train and the amount of players that came down on short notice I think we did a remarkably good job,” Hernandez said.
The Timbers took the lead in the 7th minute, converting on a corner kick opportunity. Anthony Hobbs got his head on the end of it and guided the shot by the LUFC keeper.
Early in the second half the Timbers doubled their lead, again scoring on a corner kick, this time with Reinaldo Brenes getting his head on the ball.
There was no scoring in the run of play until the 80th minute, when Anthony Macchione gave the visitors a 3-0 advantage.
There were some positive signs for the home side, many of them created by diminutive midfielder Tracy Hasson.
The Reds best chance though came from South Eugene alum Luke Connolly in the waning minutes. Connolly split two defenders on a fantastic individual run but the ball just trailed off his foot before he was able to corral it for a shot.
While nothing is set in stone yet, the Reds hope to play two more friendlies this season and join United Soccer League’s Professional Development League in time for the 2014 season.
South Eugene makes a nice home for the Reds for the time being, but the squad would prefer to play somewhere that only has soccer lines on the field, rather than a multi use field with football, soccer and lacrosse lines.
There has been some discussion about repurposing Civic Stadium into a soccer-specific venue but those plan remain more long-term than short.
What was clear Thursday night was that wherever Lane Untied calls home, they’ll have support.
“I think that anyone who looks at this crowd and says that this can’t happen here is crazy,” Hernadez said. “There’s a lot of love for the game here, there’s a lot of interest in the game here and I can only see it warming up in the future.”