USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Swope Park Rangers have announced the signings of midfielder Tyler Pasher and defender Amer Didic for the 2016 USL season. Didic’s signing is pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC), while Pasher’s signing is also pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa.
A former Canadian U20 international, Pasher most recently played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, for whom he made 21 appearances in the 2015 USL season, scoring two goals. The 21-year-old native of Elmira, Ontario spent time in his youth career with Newcastle United and Toronto FC, and captained TFC’s senior side in an exhibition against Liverpool in 2012.
“I'm extremely excited and thankful to be joining the Swope Park Rangers for their first-ever season in the USL,” Pasher said. “Marc Dos Santos and Nikola Popovic are fantastic coaches that I'm excited to learn from throughout the season. Our team has some great talent and I feel we will make a huge impact in the league.”
“We needed a player that would provide us with some depth on the left side – a player who could play a role both at left back and left wing,” said Rangers Coach Marc Dos Santos said. “We knew Tyler from the Canadian Youth National Teams and he did very well when joining us in camp, so we’re very happy to have him joining our squad."
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Pasher and Didic both recently competed for the Rangers at the Desert Diamond Cup, where the team finish undefeated with a 2-0-2 record against MLS, USL and PDL opposition. A native of Bosnia, Didic grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and was a standout for NAIA school Baker University. Didic scored 28 goals and added six assists in 84 appearances for the Wildcats, and earned NSCAA All-America honors alongside the Heart of America Conference’s Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior.
“I'm excited to be a part of this organization,” Didic said. “I'm ready to work hard and be the best teammate I can be. I’m looking forward winning games and having a successful season.”“Since day one of training camp, Amer came in with a very strong mentality,” Dos Santos said. “He knew he would have to fight for a spot in the squad and he did everything he needed to do to earn that spot. If he keeps on working and progressing in the way he did during training camp, he could definitely play an important role this season.”