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Swope Park Rangers
Full nameSwope Park Rangers KC
Nickname(s)Rangers, SPR
FoundedOctober 22, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-10-22)
Stadium Children's Mercy Park
Owner Sporting Club
Head Coach Paulo Nagamura
League USL Championship
20187th, Western Conference
Playoffs: Conference Semifinals
Website Club website
Current season

The Swope Park Rangers are a USL Championship club affiliated with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer. The Rangers play their home games at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.


On October 22, 2015, the team was officially announced as the USL's 30th franchise, as were the Swope Park Rangers name, color scheme and logo. The Rangers replaced Oklahoma City Energy FC as SKC's USL affiliate, and are named after a nickname for SKC (then the Kansas City Wizards)'s reserve squad in 2008. [1] [2] The team will be Sporting Kansas City's third USL affiliate in the team's history, after previously having partnered with Orlando City SC and Oklahoma City Energy FC. [3] Canadian Marc Dos Santos, who led Ottawa Fury FC to the NASL Soccer Bowl in 2015, was named the first head coach of the Rangers on November 20, 2015. [4]

The Rangers finished their inaugural season in 2016 with a 14-10-6 record and finished fourth in the Western Conference. The side advanced to the 2016 USL Cup Final, becoming just the second team in USL history to do so in its inaugural season. The Rangers beat LA Galaxy II, Orange County SC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 en route to the final where the side eventually fell 5-1 to New York Red Bulls II at Red Bull Arena. Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas and winger Tyler Pasher were each signed by parent club Sporting Kansas City at the end of the season.

Following the conclusion of the 2016 season, Marc Dos Santos departed to take over at newly founded NASL club the San Francisco Deltas. His assistant for the 2016 campaign, Nikola Popovic, took the reins ahead of the 2017 season. The side continued to have success as Popovic led the team to a 17-8-7 record in the West and another fourth-place finish. Sporting KC also signed four more players from SPR during 2017 in Amer Didic, James Musa, Kharlton Belmar and Kevin Oliveira. Popovic resigned as head coach on November 17, 2017 after leading Swope Park to their second consecutive conference championship. [5]


The team plays at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. [1] [2]

The Rangers have also played matches at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri.

Current roster

As of April 4, 2018. [6]

No. Position Player Nation
49 Midfielder Will Little   United States
72 Defender Justin Bilyeu   United States
77 Midfielder Camilo Benitez   Ecuador
85 Midfielder Felipe Hernandez   United States
91 Forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker   United States
95 Midfielder Rassambek Akhmatov   France
96 Forward Wilson Harris   United States
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with MLS affiliate Sporting Kansas City.
  2. ^ Sporting Kansas City Academy player.


As of October 14, 2018
Year USL Regular season Position Playoffs Top Scorer 1 U.S.
Open Cup
P W L D GF GA Pts Conf. Overall Player Goals
2016 30 14 10 6 45 36 48 4th, Western 9th Runners-up Canada Mark Anthony Gonzalez 9 Not eligible ( MLS Reserve Team)
2017 32 17 8 7 55 37 58 4th, Western 5th Runners-up United States Kharlton Belmar 15 Not eligible ( MLS Reserve Team)
2018 34 15 11 8 52 53 53 7th, Western 11th Conference Semifinals Guinea Hadji Barry 17 Not eligible ( MLS Reserve Team)

^ 1. Top Scorer includes statistics from league matches only.

Head coaches

  • Includes USL Regular season, USL Play-offs and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Coach Nationality Start End Games Win Loss Draw Win %
Marc Dos Santos  Canada November 20, 2015 November 21, 2016 34 17 11 6 050.00
Nikola Popovic [7] [8]  Serbia November 21, 2016 November 17, 2017 36 20 9 7 055.56
Paulo Nagamura [9]  Brazil December 4, 2017 present 36 16 12 8 044.44

Average Attendance

Year Reg. Season Playoffs
2016 1,753 2,329
2017 1,015 1,724
2018 881




  1. ^ a b "Sporting Kansas City Awarded USL's 30th Franchise". United Soccer League. October 22, 2015. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "USL expands to Kansas City in 2016 with debut of Swope Park Rangers". October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "Vermes, Besler Excited By Rangers' Introduction". United Soccer League. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Dos Santos Introduced as Swope Park Rangers' Coach". United Soccer League (USL). Archived from the original on November 21, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Swope Park Rangers and head coach Nikola Popovic mutually agree to part ways". Sporting Kansas City. November 17, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.sportingkc.com/players/squad/spr
  7. ^ "Nikola Popovic and Alec Dufty join Swope Park Rangers technical staff". Sporting Kansas City.
  8. ^ "Nikola Popovic introduced as Swope Park Rangers head coach". Patrik Bergabo. Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "Paulo Nagamura named Swope Park Rangers head coach". Sam Kovzan. Sporting Kansas City. December 4, 2017.

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