The Swope Park Rangers announced they have signed midfielder Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal to a full USL contract. Kuzain was already on Swope Park’s roster on an Academy contract and played two games to start the season.
“I’m very excited and very happy,” Kuzain said via press release. “I just want to thank the Sporting Kansas City organization and the Swope Park Rangers for believing in me and I’m excited to get to work.”
“I think Kuzain is one of the biggest prospects that we have from our Academy,” Swope Park Rangers head coach Nikola Popovic said via press release. “He shows good intelligence of the game, he’s a fast player and I truly believe that if we give him time to develop and put him in such a competitive environment as the Swope Park Rangers, he will be someone to watch for in the future.”
In Kuzain’s two starts he made an impressive debut helping the Rangers to their first two wins and completing 90.6 percent of his 96 passes across those two games. Even more impressive was how well he controlled the midfield in his first professional games.
Coach Popovic described him as one of the best prospects from Sporting KC’s Academy and he has to be on the list as a potential Homegrown Player for Sporting Kansas City. In the past signing with the USL team would have prevented Sporting KC from signing him but the Homegrown Player rules have changed. As long as the first contract is with the affiliate of the MLS team, a Homegrown Player contract can be offered.