While the USL League Two season has concluded for Lane United FC, the Oregon Open Cup presents a unique chance to bring hardware back to Eugene.
Lane United, who entered into the semifinals alongside familiar USL2 foes Oregon Valley Futbol Alliance, will face FC Swoosh on Saturday, July 24th at 7pm.
The victors will advance to the final on Wednesday, July 28th, against the winner of OVF Alliance and International Portland Select FC. Both Oregon Open Cup semifinals are taking place at George Fox University, with the OVF - IPSFC match kicking off at 9p on Saturday.
Former Lane United players Jordan Jones, Jon Stadler, and Drew Boyd will be on the pitch for FC Swoosh. Jones scored twice in the squad’s 3-0 win over OVF Alliance 2 in the quarterfinals. Midfielder Ryan Callahan is another name to watch.
"FC Swoosh has some quality players," Head Coach Jason Carney offered. "I watched their game last week against OVF and I was impressed."
LUFC will be without much of the regular season squad due to travel plans and some of them having returned to training with their universities, but some players have been able to stick around for the tournament. One of them, center back-turned-forward Jordan Jackmon, discussed the upcoming game after training on Tuesday.
"It's a good opportunity to help the academy kids, push them a little bit...It's always good [for them] to get a new challenge," he commented. "[Our goal is] to win. Hopefully we can put in a performance on Saturday and then make the final next week."
The Reds' training on Tuesday consisted of a mixed scrimmage with the Eugene Timbers FC Select Academy team. One of them, 17-year-old Whitney Schatz, made his first team debut last Friday against Timbers U23.
"As we saw last week from Whit's performance against the Timbers, we have some quality talent locally," said Carney. "My expectations are always to perform well and for the guys to work as a team. We have a plan in place, and we will execute it to the best of our ability."
All Oregon Open Cup matches will be streamed at oregonsportsbeat.com. If a match is tied at full time, it will go straight to kicks from the spot.