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Swope Park Rangers Add Texas Midfielder

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Former Real Monarchs midfielder, Chase Minter, joins SPR.

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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

# 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