The Swope Park Rangers season inches closer, and the club continues to make additions. Today the club announced that they had signed Canadian forward Mark Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez comes to Kansas City after a four year career at Evansville where he scored 27 goals and added six assists while appearing in 71 games while playing with Sporting KC fourth round draft pick Faik Hajderovic. The 21 year old played for Sigma FC in the League1 Ontario division in 2014, at the same time fellow Ranger, Johnny Grant was playing with the club. He also spent time playing with Toronto FC's academy team in the PDL. It would appear that Marc Dos Santos' work in Canada is paying early dividends for the club ahead of their first USL season.
Also today in regards to the Rangers the USL announced the conference make up for their 29 teams for the 2016 season. The Rangers will be grouped in the Western Conference with 14 other teams including last year's finalist, the LA Galaxy II and the 2014 champions, the Sacramento Republic, and cross state rival, St. Louis FC. The Rangers will play 30 games with the top eight teams in each conference making the playoffs with the team's full schedule being released next Tuesday, the 26th.