Preview: Swope Park Rangers Face Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday
The Swope Park Rangers hit the road this weekend as the side prepares to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at UBC Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. CT and the game will be available via live stream on SportingKC.com.
The Rangers head into Sunday's matchup with a 4-5-2 (14 pts.) record following Wednesday's 4-0 triumph over Rio Grande Valley FC at Swope Soccer Village - which snapped a three-game winless streak for SPR. Two strikes from Mark Anthony Gonzalez and a Kevin Oliveira goal put the Rangers into a 3-0 lead at halftime before Daniel Salloi added a fourth in the 70th minute. Oliveira became the first player this season in MLS, NASL or USL to record three assists in one game.
Whitecaps FC 2 are 6-2-4 (22 pts.) on the season and are in a tie for first place in the USL Western Conference, but are winless in their last four following Thursday night's 3-2 defeat against Seattle Sounders FC 2. After starting the season 6-0-2, Vancouver has gone 0-2-2 since May 25, including defeats in their last two games.
On Thursday, Whitecaps FC 2 and Sounders FC 2 both found the net from the penalty spot in the first half through Kyle Greig and Andy Craven, respectively, to make the score 1-1 at the break. Goals from Victor Mansaray and Lorenzo Ramos put Seattle into a commanding 3-1 lead before Giuliano Frano pulled a goal back for Vancouver as the game finished 3-2.
The Rangers and Whitecaps FC 2 last faced one another on April 27 when SPR hosted their first-ever game at Swope Soccer Village. Vancouver ran out 2-1 winners in that contest after Kris Tyrpak put SPR into an early lead but Whitecaps FC 2 responded with goals from Greig and Ben McKendry to take all three points. Sunday's game will wrap up the season series between the clubs.
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Location: UBC Thunderbird Stadium (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Swope Park Rangers: 4-5-2, 14 pts. 11th in Western Conference.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: 6-2-4, 22 pts. T-1st in Western Conference.
Swope Park Rangers game notes: Link
Live Stream: The game will be broadcast on SportingKC.com and YouTube.com/USLPRO
Talent: Brendan Batchelor (play-by-play), Mark Rogers (analyst)
Game-specific hashtag: #VANvSPR
Swope Park Rangers
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