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Swope Park Rangers
Swope Park Rangers logo.svg
Full nameSwope Park Rangers KC
Nickname(s)Rangers, SPR
FoundedOctober 22, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-10-22)
Stadium Children's Mercy Park
Kansas City, Kansas
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 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 used the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri as permanent home venue for the 2016 and 2017 USL seasons, although occasional matches were played at Children's Mercy Park during those first two seasons. For the 2018 season, the Rangers moved to Shawnee Mission District Stadium in Overland Park, Kansas for home USL matches. The move to Shawnee Mission South District Stadium was in response to new USL stadium standards, requiring seating for at least 5,000 fans, that were not met by Swope Soccer Village. The 7,500-seat Shawnee Mission South District Stadium had received $6 million in improvements between fall 2016 and spring 2017. After just two home matches into the season, the Rangers announced that all home matches would be moved to Children's Mercy Park for the remainder of the 2018 USL season. The move came just days after allegations were reported that there had been issues with the quality of the artificial-turf field at Shawnee Mission South. [6] [7] [8] [9]

Current roster

As of June 5, 2019. [10]

No. Position Player Nation
13 Forward Gianluca Busio ( [A])   United States
16 Defender Graham Smith ( [A])   United States
18 Goalkeeper Eric Dick ( [A])   United States
23 Forward Tyler Freeman ( [A])   United States
24 Midfielder Gedion Zelalem ( [A])   United States
26 Defender Jaylin Lindsey ( [A])   United States
31 Goalkeeper Brooks Thompson ( [B])   United States
39 Midfielder Jerome Ngom Mbekeli (on loan from MFK Vyškov)   Cameroon
43 Defender Mark Segbers   United States
44 Midfielder Camden Riley   United States
45 Goalkeeper John Pulskamp   United States
47 Midfielder Tucker Lepley ( [B])   United States
48 Defender Kaveh Rad ( [B])   United States
49 Midfielder Will Little   United States
50 Defender Dylan Hooper ( [B])   United States
53 Forward Killian Colombie   France
54 Forward Gyuwon Chong ( [B])   South Korea
60 Defender Mo Abualnadi ( [B])   Jordan
64 Midfielder Jake Davis ( [B])   United States
67 Goalkeeper Max Trejo ( [B])   Mexico
75 Midfielder Wan Kuzain ( [A])   United States
77 Midfielder Camilo Benítez   Ecuador
79 Forward William Opoku Mensah   Ghana
80 Forward Sean Karani ( [B])   United States
84 Midfielder Jahon Rad ( [B])   United States
85 Midfielder Felipe Hernandez   United States
91 Forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker   United States
92 Midfielder Alexsander (on loan from Athletico Paranaense)   Brazil
95 Midfielder Rassambek Akhmatov   France
98 Midfielder Ayyoub Allach   Morocco
  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 [11] [12]  Serbia November 21, 2016 November 17, 2017 36 20 9 7 055.56
Paulo Nagamura [13]  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. ^ "Swope Park Soccer Village Loses Both Its Marquee Tenants". Bizjournals.com. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Swope Park Rangers to play 2018 home matches at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. January 18, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Villanueva, Araceli (April 24, 2018). "Swope Park Rangers Home Games Moved to Children's Mercy Park". The Blue Testament. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Chad C. (April 14, 2018). "Swope Park Rangers vs OKC Energy Postponed". The Blue Testament. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "SPR Players | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Nikola Popovic and Alec Dufty join Swope Park Rangers technical staff". Sporting Kansas City.
  12. ^ "Nikola Popovic introduced as Swope Park Rangers head coach". Patrik Bergabo. Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  13. ^ "Paulo Nagamura named Swope Park Rangers head coach". Sam Kovzan. Sporting Kansas City. December 4, 2017.

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