Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal Signs USL Pro contract, the Swope Park Rangers announced today. The midfielder has been on the Rangers’ roster on an Academy contract since the start of the 2017 season, but has now signed a full professional contract with the club.
Kuzain had previously committed to play college soccer at the University of Akron, but will now forgo his NCAA eligibility to sign for the Rangers. He joined the Sporting KC Academy program last year, moving from the SLSG Metro Academy program and living with his brother who is a Sporting KC employee. He is part of a rapidly developing program by Sporting KC that uses the Academy and the Swope Park Rangers as a development pathway to the Major League Soccer organization, unlike other USL programs without MLS pathways for their players.
I featured Kuzain in 2013 following his invitation to participate in a U17 Men’s National Team Camp and have continued to follow his career closely. The Swope Park Rangers visit Saint Louis FC on August 5th in a USL match and I’ll be on hand to document the next step in his career. TICKETS
“I think Kuzain is one of the biggest prospects that we have from our Academy,” Swope Park Rangers head coach Nikola Popovic said. “He shows good intelligence of the game, he’s a fast player and I truly believe that if we give him time to develop and put him in such a competitive environment as the Swope Park Rangers, he will be someone to watch for in the future.”
— Wan Kuzain (@LeKuz7) July 11, 2017
The 18-year-old joined the Sporting KC Academy in August 2016 after spending several years with St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and signed an Academy contract with the Rangers later that month. He’s the fourth player to sign a full USL contract with SPR directly out of the Sporting KC Academy, joining forward Nansel Selbol, who did so in 2016, and midfielders Felipe Hernandez and Will Little who each signed with the club ahead of the 2017 campaign. Read more at SportingKC.com
From my first ever academy game in 7th grade to my last one yesterday…time really does fly by pic.twitter.com/KIYiY3bRdV
— Wan Kuzain (@LeKuz7) June 27, 2017