The Swope Park Rangers announced today the signing of Amer Didic and Tyler Pasher, two players who have been trialing with the team this preseason.
Didic, out of Baker University, is 21 years old and was born in Bosnia but grew up in Alberta, Canada. During his time at Baker as a central defender, he was able to score 28 goals along with 6 assists. Didic really impressed while on trial this preseason. He was stepping up and making forceful tackles, winning possession, and distributing as well. Standing at 6'4" and 195 lbs, he is a physical presence on the field that has shown the ability to have an impact on offense.
His new coach, Marc Dos Santos is excited for his future with the club, "He knew he would have to fight for a spot in the squad and he did everything he needed to do to earn that spot. If he keeps on working and progressing in the way he did during training camp, he could definitely play an important role this season."
Midfielder Tyler Pasher joins the Rangers with USL experience after a 2015 stint with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He hails from Ontario but actually started his youth career with Newcastle United in England before going to the Toronto FC Academy in 2010. In 2013 Pasher was with the Finnish first division side, PS Kemi, where he scored 11 goals in 23 appearances. He also earned a call up to the senior squad of the Canadian National Team in March of 2015.
It looks like his value will come from versatility. He is listed as a midfielder but can play on the wing as well as in a fullback position. Dos Santos was aware of the young Canadian from his time spent in Canada.
"We needed a player that would provide us with some depth on the left side," said Dos Santos. "He is a player who could play a role both at left back and left wing. We knew Tyler from the Canadian Youth National Teams and he did very well when joining us in camp, so we're very happy to have him joining our squad."
Marc Dos Santos' squad is coming together nicely! The Rangers are off this week as they do not begin play until March 26th.
Amer Didic on Twitter and IG: @amerdidic
Tyler Pasher on Twitter and IG: @TyPash