Brazilian Paulo Nagamura
, a veteran of 12 seasons in MLS, was named the new head coach of the USL's Swope Park Rangers. Offseason
USL coaching moves: OKC Energy FC: Out:
Orlando City B: Out:
Dave Brandt. In:
Bob Lilley. Rio Grande Valley FC: Out:
Junior Gonzalez. *Rochester:
Bob Lilley. Saint Louis FC: Out:
Swope Park Rangers: Out:
Nikola Popovic. In:
*Will sit out 2018.
Nagamura will be the third
coach in three years after Marc Dos Santos
, who left to become the San Francisco Deltas head coach, and Nikola Popovic
, who was not retained for the 2018 season.
was a SPR assistant in 2017 when it won its second straight Western Conference championship. He retired after the 2016 MLS season, having won two MLS Cups and three U.S. Open Cups. He spent the last
five seasons with Sporting KC.
“It’s an amazing feeling and a great honor to become the head coach of Swope Park Rangers,” Nagamura said in a statement. “I want to
thank Sporting KC ownership, Peter Vermes
and the entire organization for this opportunity. I will do everything I can to reach our objective of developing and preparing young players to make
an impact on the first team.”