The Swope Park Rangers will encounter a coaching change in their second season.
Marc Dos Santos, the coach for the first-year United Soccer League franchise owned by Sporting Kansas City, announced Wednesday he will depart his post to take the same job with the San Francisco Deltas. San Francisco is an expansion team that will join the National American Soccer League next season.
Dos Santos will complete the inaugural 2016 season with the Rangers before making the transition. He was targeted by Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes last year to be the first coach in the Rangers’ history.
“Similar to our philosophy with players, we want staff members who have ambitious goals,” Vermes said. “Marc is someone who has played a big role in helping get the Swope Park Rangers off the ground, and he has been presented with an opportunity that he sees as a big step in his career.”
Swope Park is 8-9-5 this year, playing in the United Soccer League.
Dos Santos, 39, will migrate back to the NASL, where he was named the coach of the year in 2015 while leading Ottawa Fury FC to a regular-season first-place finish.
“Peter Vermes and (Sporting KC assistant coach) Kerry Zavagnin have given me all the tools to succeed,” Dos Santos said in a statement. “I don’t have enough words to thank them for everything they have done for me and for the belief they have in my work. I’ve learned a lot from them.”