By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Swope Park Rangers have added a number of experienced players to their squad ahead of the club’s inaugural season in the USL, with the most recent being former LA Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer.
A solid performer over four seasons for the Galaxy, Meyer made the move back to the Midwest to join the Rangers as he begins a new chapter in his career. With the experience the side has been able to put together, and an award-winning head coach in Marc Dos Santos to lead them, Meyer’s expectations are high as he gets to know his new teammates.
“Hopefully we see a lot of wins this year, even though it’s our first year,” Meyer told SportingKC.com. “It’s pretty exciting for the fans and everyone that’s part of the organization, so I think for our team, we obviously want to set our goals pretty high, and a championship would be the first thing on our list.”
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Meyer has seen action in the USL over the past two seasons with the LA Galaxy II, and played a role in helping the side claim the Western Conference Championship last season in addition to the two MLS Cups he claimed as part of the Galaxy. He’s hoping the experience he gained in one of Major League Soccer’s preeminent clubs will help him push forward with the Rangers.
“I think I gained a lot of experience being there,” Meyer said of his time in LA. “I learned from a lot of quality players, especially Omar [Gonzalez], and Robbie Keane and David Beckham, so I think I’ve been through a lot there and hopefully I can bring that here.”
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Sporting Kansas City has also received plaudits from many league observers for the vision and growth the club has shown over the past six years. As he looks to provide a strong foundation for SPR’s defense, Meyer is excited by his new surroundings.“I’ve heard nothing but good things from guys around the league, and guys on the team so far have said it’s a great organization,” Meyer said. “I’m just glad I can be a part of it.”