KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Swope Park Rangers welcome Seattle Sounders 2 to Children’s Mercy Victory Field on Wednesday night looking for a win to stay in the box seat for a top four finish, and with it a home game in the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT.
Swope Park Rangers news and notes
Current record: 16-8-7, 55pts
The Rangers slumped to a 4-1 loss to OKC Energy FC on Sunday night at Taft Stadium to realistically end their chances of finishing in the top two of the Western Conference.
Energy FC scored twice before halftime an another midway through the second half to put the game out of reach before the Rangers pulled a goal back with two minutes to go on a long-range free kick by Liam Doyle. OKC tacked on another goal in stoppage time to complete the scoring, and end the Rangers' four-game undefeated streak.
The Rangers were without both Kharlton Belmar and Kevin Oliveira in Sunday's contest, with young standout Oliveira having made his international debut over the weekend for Cape Verde in World Cup Qualifying.
Wednesday night concludes the Rangers' regular season schedule, with the side sitting level on points with fifth-place Phoenix Rising FC. The teams hold identical records, but due to Swope Park's seven-goal lead in goal differential it's likely a win would secure the Rangers a home game when the USL Cup Playoffs kick off in just over a week.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 news and notes
Current record: 9-17-4, 31pts
S2's winless streak reached six games on Saturday night as the side fell 1-0 to a 10-man Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday night at ONEOK Field.
Seattle fell behind early, but gained a man advantage following a second yellow card to Collin Fernandez in first half stoppage time. Despite the edge in numbers, S2 was unable to find an equalizer as Roughnecks goalkeeper Fabian Cerda notched a four-save shutout.
S2 is looking for its first win in almost two months when it takes on the Rangers, having last taken victory on Aug. 16 against the Portland Timbers 2.
Seattle concludes its regular season on Sunday evening when it visits OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium.
Swope Park – GK: Adrian Zendejas, David Greczek, Darrin MacLeod; D: Amer Didic, Parker Maher, Oumar Ballo, Liam Doyle, Joe Amico, Colton Storm, Tyler Pasher, Erik Palmer-Brown, Dakota Barnathan, Will Little; M: Felipe Hernandez, Gianluca Busio, Christian Duke, Robert Mirosavic, Kevin Oliveira, Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal, Lebo Moloto, James Musa; F: Kharlton Belmar, Nansel Selbol, Cameron Iwasa, Mark Anthony Gonzalez, Diego Rubio, Max Rugova
Seattle – GK: Tyler Miller, Bryan Meredith, Sam Fowler, Cody Lang; D: Brian Nana-Sinkam, Denso Ulysse, Steve Whyte, Tony Alfaro, Rodrigue Ele, Sam Rogers; M: Lorenzo Ramos, Francisco Narbon, Ray Saari, Harry Shipp, Jordy Delem, Callum Mallace, Zach Mathers, Azriel Gonzalez, Charles Renken, Henry Wingo, Aaron Kovar, Shandon Hopeau, Serge Edoa; F: David Olsen, Javorn Stevens, Seyi Adekoya, Felix Chenkam
Swope Park - Accumulation warning: Liam Doyle
Seattle – Accumulation warning: Rodrigue Ele
REF: PATRICK MUANA
AR1: Joel McKell
AR2: Enea Zhonga
4TH: Josh Allen
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