What is the United Soccer League?
Entering its eighth season, the USL is one of three professional men’s leagues in American soccer recognized by the U.S. Soccer Federation along with Major League Soccer and the North American Soccer League. The USL and MLS entered a mutually beneficial partnership in 2013 to grow the sport domestically.
How many teams are in the USL?
The Swope Park Rangers are one of 33 clubs, making the USL one of the largest professional soccer leagues in the world. Thirty-three teams are playing in the USL's 2018 season with two additional teams joining for the 2019 campaign. USL teams are located in markets across the United States and Canada.
What other MLS teams operate USL clubs?
There are currently nine teams in the USL that are owned and operated by MLS clubs:
- Swope Park Rangers (Sporting KC)
- LA Galaxy II
- Bethlehem Steel FC (Philadelphia Union)
- New York Red Bulls II
- Portland Timbers 2
- Real Monarchs SLC (Real Salt Lake)
- Seattle Sounders FC 2
- Toronto FC II
- Atlanta United 2
In addition, Rio Grande Valley FC (Houston Dynamo) and Reno 1868 FC (San Jose Earthquakes) are owned by independent groups while the technical staff and players are chosen by respective MLS clubs.
When is the USL season?
The 34-game regular season is being conducted over 31 weeks, which will kick off on March 16th and will conclude on October 14th. The team with the best record across both conferences will earn the 2018 USL Regular Season Title. The top eight teams in each conference will then advance to the 2018 USL Playoffs, which will see a single-elimination bracket crown two conference champions. The two conference champions will advance to the 2018 USL Championship.
Why did Sporting Club start a USL team?
The Rangers are closely integrated within Sporting Club’s short-term and long-term strategic goals, providing a pathway to the professional level for players in the Sporting KC Academy and a proving ground for players on loan from Sporting KC. Fourteen current Sporting Kansas City players have played for the Swope Park Rangers.
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Where do the Swope Park Rangers play?
Shawnee Mission South District Stadium is located at 5800 W. 107th Street just east of Lamar Avenue and will serve as the home field for the Swope Park Rangers. The 7,500-seat stadium received $6 million in upgrades during an extensive renovation project that spanned from fall 2016 to spring 2017. The facility boasts a variety of new amenities, including a stadium press box, Daktronics LED videoboard, state-of-the-art speaker system, hospitality suite and two locker rooms.
How can I secure season tickets?
Season, group and single-game tickets are on sale now. Visit SportingKC.com/Rangers/Tickets for more information on ticket options, or contact Rodrigo Futema at (913) 951-3562 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Single-game tickets can also be purchased via the club's SeatGeek page.
How can I follow the team online?
Visit SportingKC.com/Rangers for all the latest news and information about the Swope Park Rangers as player signings, jersey designs and schedule details are announced. In addition, fans can follow SPR on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Where can I watch USL games?
Through a partnership with YouTube, all USL matches in 2018 are broadcasted live and in HD on the league’s YouTube Sports channel. Swope Park Rangers matches are also viewable on sportingkc.com
Can I buy Swope Park Rangers merchandise?
Yes, SportingStyle carries Swope Park Rangers merchandise for men, women and youth. The full SPR collection is available at Swope Park Rangers home games at Children’s Mercy Victory Field in Swope Park.
Are there internship opportunities with the Swope Park Rangers?
Yes. Sporting Club will be offering internship opportunities for select front office positions (e.g. Public Relations, Ticketing, Marketing) and will post openings on TeamworkOnline.com.
Are there be sponsorship opportunities for local companies?
Yes. Ivy Investments was announced as the club’s presenting jersey partner and additional sponsorship opportunities are available for the inaugural season. Please contact Justin Compton via phone (913-387-3425) or email (email@example.com) for more information.