As Sporting Kansas City opens CONCACAF Champions League group play Tuesday, it will have a couple of reinforcements on the roster.
The club signed Swope Park Rangers defender Amer Didic and winger Tyler Pasher to short-term loans for the match Tuesday against Central FC in Trinidad and Tobago. The duo represents the first Swope Park Rangers players to be called to join Sporting KC.
Swope Park is Sporting KC’s first-year USL program, a minor league affiliate, of sorts.
Sporting KC made the additions Sunday in an effort to keep its roster fresh as it plays five matches in a 15-day span. The club tied FC Dallas 2-2 on Saturday in MLS play, and after the CONCACAF Champions League match Tuesday, it returns home for another MLS game Saturday against Vancouver.
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Didic has made 21 appearances for the Rangers this year and has started the past eight games. He is a 21-year-old center back who played college soccer at Baker University.
Pasher, 22, has scored three goals for the Rangers.