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Blue Links: Rangers Win, Hanson the Underdog, US Soccer Wanted Klinsmann Out

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Some links from the KC soccer world.

Diego Rubio playing for SPR to stay ready for first team action
Thad Bell

Here are some links to start your morning with.

Rangers Win

The Swope Park Rangers picked up their third win of the season at Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday night with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. The Rangers started eight Sporting Kansas City players who were on loan to their USL affiliate for the game, including Gianluca Busio who made his professional debut. Busio had a strong game going 77 minutes and recording an assist on the only goal of the game. He also completed all 30 of his passes in the first half, had two key passes, and three crosses. The Rangers though probably should have won the game by more, completely controlling long portions of the game but were unable to find a second goal.

Hanson in US Camp

The Kansas City Star had a nice feature on Kansas City native, Haley Hanson who was called up to the US women’s national team for their friendlies against Mexico on the 5th and 8th. Hanson could make her debut for the full national team tonight in Jacksonville. Hanson talks about seeing club teammates and then college teammates get called up to the US youth teams while she stayed at home, but then impressed after being called into the US U23 camp. Hanson has started both games so far this season for her NWSL club, the Houston Dash.

US Soccer Wanted Klinsmann Out in May 2016

According to Bruce Arena in his new book, the former two time US men’s coach says that US Soccer was looking to fire Jurgen Klinsmann, a full six months before he was actually given his marching orders. A heart transplant for chief executive, Dan Flynn (that apparently took place in Kansas City) just as he and Arena were supposed to meet to discuss further details helped to derail the move in May, combined with some nervousness on Sunil Gulati’s part.

New York Fall in Mexico

The New York Red Bulls could not repeat their performance in Tijuana in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals last night against Chivas Guadalajara in the semifinals. A mistake by Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams in the 26th allowed a Chivas counter attack and Isaac Brizuela beat Luis Robles to score the only goal of the game. The Red Bulls had to play the final 17 minutes plus stoppage time down a man after former Kansas City defender Aurelien Collin picked up two yellow cards and was sent off. While it’s a tough loss for the Red Bulls, a 1-0 loss on the road isn’t bad, especially when they have the second leg at home next week.