Dia has trained with the Rangers on a few occasions previously but trained with them primarily this week in preparation for the loan. "Dia is going to play in Seattle," Swope Park Rangers head coach Marc Dos Santos stated. "It’s a situation where you're trying to help the player and you're trying to help the club with the situation of the left backs in the first team."
Sporting Kansas City does have an abundance of left backs at the moment. Veteran Seth Sinovic is available but young Jimmy Medranda has staked a claim to the spot for the last few matches and does not want to let go. Add in that SKC has just signed Ever Alvarado and the depth chart is fairly crowded at left back.
A player the club believes in
"We have a player like Dia that the club believes in and he is a player that we want to see what he could become," Dos Santos added. "It's important for Dia when he is put in a situation like this, that he show his integrity and character as a player, so this is not only good for the club but it's good for Dia. He is in a moment that he could show his integrity and character as a player. When I had a conversation with him and Peter, he told me you know I'm there for the club and I want to come down and help you guys win. So that's the right attitude."
Dia looking forward to the opportunity to play
When asked about going on loan, Dia responed, "I’m happy, it’s a good bunch of guys. I get minutes and get to help them in whatever way I can so I’m excited."
Dia see the two teams as being very similar. "It’s about the same, everyone’s work rate is the same, everybody has the same goals, game plans are about the same. The whole club is all together so I feel we are on the same page on both teams," he observed.
Having the USL team brings several benefits to Sporting KC and Dia recognizes that. "Having the opportunity to get minutes, boost confidence and keep game fitness up is important so having a second team is really a good thing for the club."
Sporting KC loans to Swope Park Rangers
Dia is the sixth Sporting KC player to be loaned to the Swope Park Rangers this year.
Jon Kempin – has been loaned all season, starting the first six games
Daniel Salloi – was on loan to the Rangers but has now been loaned to a team in his home country of Hungary
Jimmy Medranda – came down for one league match and played so well he has been starting at left back for SKC
Jordi Quintilla – came down for one match before being recalled and has been recently waived
Alec Kann – was loaned for a tune up game prior to getting in a start for SKC in U.S. Open Cup