A report out of Venezuela has a report that the “subsidiary team” for Sporting Kansas City (i.e. Swope Park Rangers) will sign forward Jose Barragan (h/t to Mike Kuhn for finding everything on Twitter).
#Venex | ¡NUEVO RUMBO! José Barragán llegó a un acuerdo con el equipo filial del Sporting Kansas City (USA) . El atacante criollo arribará al fútbol de las barras y las estrellas buscando recuperar su mejor versión luego de haber tenido un paso por el Pachuca (MEX) . pic.twitter.com/hH8dAYZa9B— SOLOVENEX (@SOLOVENEX) July 28, 2018
Per Microsoft Translate: “New course! José Barragán reached an agreement with the subsidiary team of Sporting Kansas City (USA). The attacker Creole will arrive at the soccer of the bars and the stars looking to recover its best version after having taken a step in the Pachuca (MEX).“
It’s one source but that source has a picture of him in a Sporting KC training top. Jose Barragan is a dual national of Venezuela and Columbia and he’s just 18 years old. He has played for the Venezuela U20 National Team and has a goal in his only cap.
Transfermarkt has Barragan as a center forward who is currently under contract with Liga MX club Pachuca’s U20 club. He joined on a free transfer after spending previous stints with two Venezuelan clubs Patriotas and the U20’s for Zulia FC.
Swope Park has been in need of some help as of late as they are winless in their last four (0-3-1). They failed to score in two games and scored just a single goal in the other two games.
The only other player on the roster who may be a true center forward is fellow 18 year old, Wilson Harris. He just joined the club at the beginning of July after playing with the team on a SKC Academy contract. He has just two goals in limited minutes.
The other forwards officially on the roster are just Hadji Barry and Tyler Blackwood. Of course Kharlton Belmar has spent significant time on loan and is one of the top scorers in all of USL.
With the college season about to start it’s possible more signings will be needed with at least one other player (midfielder Roman Knox) currently committed to go to college. Harris was also on his way to college before signing the pro contract.