October 22, 2015
GOING TO KANSAS CITY
Sporting adds USL club, Swope Park Rangers KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo.---Sporting Kansas City has been awarded the United Soccer League's 30th franchise, which will begin play in 2016 as the Swope Park Rangers KC. The Rangers are the USL’s 11th MLS-owned and operated club and will play at Swope Soccer Village.
Swope Park Rangers KC home matches will be played on the Championship Field at Swope Soccer Village. The nine-field, $20+ million complex has also hosted numerous championship events for the NCAA and Big 12 Conference.
“This is a great opportunity to fill in an important piece between the Sporting KC Academy and our senior team as part of the long-term vision for our organization,” Sporting Kansas City Manager and Technical Director Peter Vermes said. “The USL will offer a great level of play and the Swope Park Rangers will be a natural fit in our strategic philosophy around expanding and improving our player pool.”
Sporting Kansas City has had affiliation agreements for the past three seasons with Orlando City SC (2013-14) and OKC Energy FC (2014-15). Five players currently on Sporting Kansas City’s roster have played in the USL while on loan in recent years, highlighted by Dom Dwyer’s record-setting season in 2013 prior to becoming an MLS All-Star a year later.
Like Sporting KC, the Swope Park Rangers will feature a jersey sponsorship from Ivy Funds.