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English Striker added by Swope Park Rangers

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The Rangers finally have enough players to field a Starting XI with a bench spot.

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Former Sacramento Republic and Arizona United (Phoenix Rising) striker Tyler Blackwood as joined the Swope Park Rangers. The 26-year-old Blackwood is originally from England but attended college in the United States. The team announced the signing on Friday.

Blackwood attended college first at the University of Tampa before completing his Senior season at the University of South Florida. Over his collegiate career he scored 28 goals.

Before spending the last two seasons in the United Soccer League (USL) Blackwood saw limited action for both the Queens Park Rangers and Newport County. In 2016 he joined Arizona United (now known as Phoenix Rising FC) and scored eight times across 26 appearances. In 2017 he played for the Sacramento Republic and added another six goals.

Tyler Blackwood becomes the 12th player to officially join the Swope Park Rangers for the 2018 season. As is common in the USL, roster turnover is heavy. While there are only 12 players under contract, many members of Sporting Kansas City are likely to be loaned to the Rangers including Gianluca Busio, Jaylin Lindsey and more. Plus the team has plenty of players on trial and another 11 players from the SKC Academy joining for preseason.

Blackwood didn’t play in this past Saturday’s preseason friendly against the Tulsa Roughnecks but could make an appearance next weekend when SPR hosts Creighton University at Swope Soccer Village.

Other members of SPR are currently in preseason camp with Sporting KC in Arizona, including Kuzain and Felipe Hernandez. The full roster is below.

Swope Park Rangers Roster

# Name Position Age Prior Club
# Name Position Age Prior Club
58 Dakota Barnathan CB 23 FC Dallas (Draft Pick)
Hadji Barry FWD 25 Orlando City
Camilo Benitez FWD 18 SKC Academy
Tyler Blackwood FWD 26 Sacramento Republic
85 Felipe Hernandez CAM 19 SKC Academy
Christian Herrera GK 20 Portland Timbers 2
49 Will Little MID 19 SKC Academy
70 Darrin MacLeod GK 23 Drake/SKC Academy
44 Parker Maher LB 24 St. Louis FC
Chase Minter MID 25 Real Monarchs
Bryam Rebellon MID 26 Jacksonville Armada
Rodrigo Saravia MID 24 IK Frej (Sweden)
Matheus Silva DEF/MID 21 San Jose Earthquakes
75 Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal CDM 19 SKC Academy