The players were pieced together over an eight-month process, a group of athletes who were mostly unfamiliar with one another. As a result, the Swope Park Rangers endured an expectedly slow start to their inaugural season.
But they’ve sure come on strong in the latter months.
On Saturday, the Rangers ensured their first season will conclude with a trip to the United Soccer League championship.
The Rangers picked up their seventh straight victory on Saturday, a 3-0 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 in the Western Conference championship match at Swope Soccer Village.
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Swope Park, an affiliate for Sporting Kansas City, will travel for the USL Cup on Oct. 23.
On Sunday, the New York Red Bulls II play host to Louisville City in the Eastern Conference final, with the winner hosting the Rangers in the USL Cup next weekend.
The Rangers used their habitual formula to extend their season one more week — defense. Fourth-seeded Swope Park has allowed only one goal during its three playoff matches and only two during the seven-game winning streak that dates back to the regular season. Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas recorded the shutout Saturday.
Forward Kris Tyrpak scored twice in the first half for the Rangers. He opened the scoring in the eighth minute, then doubled the lead in the 32nd minute. Dane Kelly iced the game in the 89th minute.