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Still unfinished business: Swope Park Rangers fall 1-0 in USL Cup Final

Unfinished business still unfinished for Swope Park. For the second straight year they lose in the USL Cup Final

Thad Bell

The first half was not he best for the Swope Park Rangers, struggling to adapt to Louisville City FC’s smaller field and different grass. The home side dominated possession as the Rangers were unable to consistently connect passes.

Louisville were unable to capitalize on Swope Park’s difficulties.

Both team did put the ball into the back of the net only to see the goals called back for offside. Paco Craig was the guilty party in the 7th minute for Louisville and Kharlton Belmar was the offside goal scorer for SPR in the 25th.

The second half started completely differently for Swope Park, the Rangers were by far the more dangerous team.

The Rangers midfield took a hard blow midway through the second half when Christian Duke was forced to leave the game in the 70th with what appeared to be a hamstring. One Sporting Kansas City Academy graduate replaced another as 19-year-old Felipe Hernandez came on for SPR’s captain. Duke put the armband on Amer Didic before leaving to watch from the sideline.

Disaster struck for SPR when Louisville City’s Cameron Lancaster was able to leap over Didic and head a cross from Devon Williams past Adrian Zendejas.