The Swope Park Rangers (Sporting Kansas City’s USL team) just keep growing their roster in anticipation of the start of the 2018 USL Season. On Wednesday they added former Columbus Crew draft pick Chase Minter to their midfield. Minter was selected with the 21st overall pick (1st pick in the 2nd round) of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
He never signed with the Crew but instead spent 2016 with both the Sacramento Republic and Tulsa Roughnecks (loan) of the USL. In 2017 he moved slightly closer to Kansas/Missouri by moving to Real Salt Lake’s USL team, the Real Monarchs. While only making nine appearances in 2016, he made 19 appearances last year and scored his first professional goal.
Before joining SPR Minter had been on trial with Swope during preseason. He has started both preseason games up to this point. Against Rockhurst he appeared to be playing attacking midfielder if the lineup sheet is to be believed. Against Tulsa, his former team, he appeared to be a winger. Lineup sheets have been known to lie though. One thing we know for sure is he had an assist in the Rockhurst game.
Before turning pro, Minter went to Cal Poly State University where he scored 16 goals and added 21 assists. During college he played in the USL Premier Development League for both the Des Moines Menace (2011) and Ventura County Fusion (2013-2014).
Minter’s addition brings the Rangers up to 13 players signed for the 2018 USL season which starts on March 17th against Reno 1868 FC. The full updated roster is below.
Swope Park Rangers Roster
|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|