We all knew the Swope Park Rangers would provide plenty of opportunities to their parent club when they were announced this past offseason. Today marks the largest amount of loans from the senior team in one swoop.
Sporting KC will loan former first round draft pick and fan favorite, Chance Myers, to the Rangers presumably to rehab from an injury that has been nagging at Myers for the better part of the 2016 MLS season. It will be interesting to see if a healthy Chance Myers can unseat Saad Abdul-Salaam from the right back spot he claimed with SKC.
Joining Myers on SPR will be recent signing Emmanuel Appiah, Kevin Ellis and Alec Kann. This will be the second loans for Ellis and Kann. Ellis was on loan for last weeks loss to the OKC Energy. Ellis had to be recalled back to the senior team when Nuno Andre Coelho re-injured his hamstring in his first game back as a starter with Sporting KC.
Alec Kann went on loan to the Rangers just ahead of Sporting KC's first appearance in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup to get him game minutes. I would assume Kann is likely to start if he's going down to the Rangers.
Most of these moves will probably be to get everyone game fit (or should I say Sporting Fit) as Sporting Kansas City are about to enter a very busy month in August. They have two more games in July and play another six in August including a stretch over just seven days where they will play three times and travel all the way from Trinidad & Tobago (to play Central FC) to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. That distance traveled will be further than flying from Kansas City to England.
With that much travel and that many games to be played, Sporting will need to dig deep into their bench. They also will have the ability to loan SPR players to Sporting for the CONCACAF Champions League games (something they cannot do for regular MLS games).
I'm very interested to watch this game against Colorado tomorrow. This is a lot of fire power loaned down from the senior team, even if most of the players are backups and Myers is unlikely to play the entire game. It will also give us our first chance to play Appiah and it will be against the team that released him earlier in the offseason (technically the Colorado Rapids released him, but he had been on loan with the Switchbacks). I'll be interested to see if he is truly a midfielder or if he is actually a winger in a 4-3-3.
This also seems like as good of time as any to say how I nailed it on my predictions of who should be loaned to the Swope Park Rangers from Sporting KC. The only player who I thought would be loaned by now but has not been is Connor Hallisey, who I still contend would benefit from consistent minutes. Also, if Justin Mapp is healthy enough, he should be getting on the field to justify that big free agent contract he signed in the offseason.
Everyone else I mentioned as a sure fire loan has gone, including Ellis, the recently traded Amadou Dia and now that out first injury rehab has been loaned (Myers) my predictions are complete. I love that SKC are taking advantage of their "B Team" with such regularity.
Myers, Ellis, Appiah and Kann join Ever Alvarado and Jon Kempin who are already on loan with the club. Catch all the action tomorrow on the USL or Sporting KC YouTube page.