LOUISVILLE, Ky. – On Jan. 7, the United Soccer League announced the addition of seven new clubs to the league, with six of the seven beginning play in 2016. One of the newest clubs, the Sporting Kansas City-affiliated Swope Park Rangers KC, will kick off their inaugural season in March.
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Swope Park Rangers KC
Swope Park Rangers KC became the 30th United Soccer League franchise on Oct. 22, 2015.
The club is owned and operated by Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City, becoming the 11th USL club to be headed by a MLS side.
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“We are excited to welcome Sporting Kansas City and the Swope Park Rangers KC to the USL for the 2016 season,” USL President Jake Edwards said. “Sporting Kansas City is consistently one of the top organizations in MLS and has a fantastic locally-based ownership group that is committed to building the soccer culture throughout the Kansas City region.”
SPRKC is the second USL team to call the state of Missouri home. Edwards said he hopes the addition of the club will help develop passion within the Midwest.
“We are also excited about the rivalry that we expect to develop between the Swope Park Rangers KC and Saint Louis FC, as we continue to grow the USL’s presence in the central U.S,” Edwards said.
The club will play its games at Championship Field at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. Marc Dos Santos, a former Sporting Kansas City player, will coach the team in its inaugural season in 2016 as part of the USL’s Western Conference.