The Swope Park Rangers earned a 2-0 road win over Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. on Sunday afternoon. Second-half goals from Kris Tyrpak and Mark Anthony Gonzalez saw the Rangers to their first road win since April 2.
The Rangers (5-7-2, 17 pts.) started the game on the front foot with Dane Kelly threatening twice in the opening 10 minutes. Sounders 2 (3-8-4, 13 pts.) grew into the game after that and forward Andy Craven shot over the bar twice while well placed in the SPR area.
Alex Molano, who was making his first-ever start for the Rangers, and Gonzalez both saw several efforts toward the end of the first half go begging as SPR started peppering the S2 goal, but the first half finished goalless.
The Rangers continued pressing early in the second half with Gonzalez and Kelly each going close before Tyrpak finally found the breakthrough in the 65th minute. After being found by Ualefi, Tyrpak spun away from his man, closed in on goal and fired a powerful strike into the bottom corner from just outside the area to put SPR up 1-0.
In the 88th minute, the Rangers made the points safe when substitute Johnny Grant charged down a Seattle clearance and the ball bounced favorably for Gonzalez who controlled and volleyed into the bottom corner to seal the 2-0 victory and improve SPR’s road record to 2-5-2.
Man of the Match Presented by Courtyard Overland Park Metcalf
- Kris Tyrpak – was a constant threat to the Sounders 2 backline with his pace and dribbling ability, showcasing both as he scored the game-winner in the 65th minute.
- The Swope Park Rangers are back at home next weekend when they host regional rival Saint Louis FC at Swope Soccer Village on Saturday, July 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT and will be available via live stream on SportingKC.com.
Swope Park Rangers vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2
June 26, 2016 – Starfire Stadium (Tukwila, Wash.)
Swope Park Rangers 2, Seattle Sounders FC 2 0
SPR – Kris Tyrpak 3 (Ualefi 3) 65’
SPR – Mark Anthony Gonzalez 5 (Johnny Grant 1) 88’
SPR – Alex Molano (Yellow Card) 3’
SPR – Dane Kelly (Yellow Card) 46’
SEA – Jordy Delem (Yellow Card) 62’
SPR – Johnny Grant (Yellow Card) 85’
Swope Park Rangers: Jon Kempin; Jimmy Mulligan, Amer Didic, Oumar Ballo, Amadou Dia; Ualefi (Tommy Meyer 87’), Christian Duke ©, Alex Molano (Tomas Granitto 90’); Kris Tyrpak (Johnny Grant 79’), Dane Kelly (Ayrton 72’), Mark Anthony Gonzalez.
Substitutes Not Used: Zac Lubin.
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on Goal 8, Corners 3, Fouls 14
Seattle Sounders FC 2: Charlie Lyon ©; Michael Nelson, Brandon John (Kei Tomozawa 79’), Jordy Delem, Devon Fisher; Jordan Schweitzer, Willy Kapawa, Emir Alihodzic (Carlos Patino 62’); Myron Samuel, Andy Craven, Darwin Jones.
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Bersano, Zach Mathers, Tony Alfaro.
STATS: Shots 8, Shots on Goal 2, Corners 4, Fouls 14
Referee: Victor Rivas
Assistant Referees: Joshua Haimes and Cameron Siler
Fourth Official: Raul Sheran
Weather: Clear and 78 degrees