USL: Swope Park Rangers set to go in Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City has become the latest MLS club to add launch a second team in the USL with the announcement on Thursday of the launch of the Swope Park Rangers, who will play at Swope Soccer Village.



Photo (L-R): Peter Vermes, Matt Besler, Tom Butch, Kurt Austin, Mike Jacobs.

"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," said Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City's head coach and technical director. "We were fortunate to have a mutually beneficial affiliation with OKC Energy FC the past two years. Moving forward, the USL will offer a great level of play and we're looking forward to building the Swope Park Rangers roster."

The Swope Park Rangers originated with Sporting Kansas City's reserve team in 2008 and are the first in American professional team sports to feature a municipal park.

Swope Soccer Village is a nine-field, $20 million-plus complex that also hosts reigning NWSL champion FC Kansas City and serves as the site of Sporting Kansas City's training center in addition to attracting championship events for the NCAA, Big 12 Conference and Missouri State High School Activities Association.

MLS Teams in USL:
2014 LAUNCH
LA Galaxy II
2015 LAUNCH
Montreal FC
NY Red Bulls II
Portland Timbers II
Real Monarchs SLC
Seattle Sounders FC II
Toronto FC II
Vancouver Whitecaps FC II
2016 LAUNCH
Lehigh Valley (name to be revealed Tuesday)
Orlando City B
*Rio Grande Valley FC
Swope Park Rangers
*Locally owned and operated.

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