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By Benjamin Peacock The Little Rock Rangers continued to hold their opponents scoreless as they met Boca FC of the Gulf Coast Premier League on a rainy Saturday evening at War Memorial Stadium. Much like their match last week, the Rangers got on the board early as Donald Benamna fed a pass center to striker Lance Crabtree at the six minute mark. Ten minutes later Ben Watson blistered a pass from midfield down the wing to Crabtree who sent the ball toward the face of the goal. The ball deflected off the Knights defender and snuck in at the corner…
We’re so excited to finally announce that our own Technical Director and Academy Director Ante Jazic has accepted a assistant coaching position on the U17 US National Team!!! Don’t worry Academy players and parents, he’s not going anywhere. He’ll just be gone a few days here and there, however he will still be very present in our youth programming and training. This is such good news for soccer in Central Arkansas!!!
By Benjamin Peacock Three minutes is all it took for the Little Rock Rangers to put one in net for the first goal of 2019 in a pre-season match against Lone Star Conference team Tyler FC. The Rangers won 3-0 in a match that featured dominant possession and a plethora of shots. The Rangers quickly dispossessed Tyler FC from the kickoff in a 4-3-3 formation. The first goal was scored by forward Sabelo Hlongwane, returning for his second season with the Rangers, and it set the tone for the entire match. "I worked really hard in preparation for this season…
By Benjamin Peacock There are layers to Little Rock Rangers striker Alex Guadron, but you'd never know it with his quiet disposition.  The 20 year old from Chalatenango, El Salvador speaks louder with his goal scoring ability than with words. Growing up in El Salvador, Alex started kicking a ball with his cousins and friends when he was five, joining his first competitive team--Adfa Chalatenango--when he was seven. By the time he was 13, he was playing on the U13 national team, working up over the subsequent years to the U15 squad. In that time Alex had the opportunity to…
-By Benjamin Peacock If you're looking for a good home-cooked meal served with an African flair, then be sure to hit up returning Little Rock Rangers Forward Donald Benamna. His culinary skills are world-renowned, as is--it is worth mentioning--his game on the volleyball court. Okay that may be over-selling it a bit, but the truth is Donald did not start out as a footballer. Born in Bangui, Central Africa Republic, Donald had strong family ties to volleyball with his dad being a head coach and his older brother being quite an ace in the sport. He enjoyed kicking around a…
By Benjamin Peacock “He’s the fourth best keeper in the league, at best,” they said when Rangers goalkeeper Walid Birrou won the 2018 Heartland Conference Golden Glove. It was not like he had anything to prove to the critics, but he did so in a tremendously strong way minding the net in his first National Premier Soccer League season last year. In fact, for six straight matches he defied every shot taken. He outlasted his opposite for conference rival FC Wichita on penalty kicks that gave the Stags the Heartland Conference championship. He was also named to the Heartland Conference…
We are excited to open registration for 2019 fall tryouts for BOYS born in the 2006-2010 birth years. All teams will compete in the ASSA Classic League with the addition of competitive friendlies and tournaments. We will be selecting players based purely on ability for each team. The mission of the Little Rock Rangers Academy is to provide the dedicated player a pathway that goes past youth soccer to our NPSL first team and further. We have talented and passionate coaches with unparalleled experience, who are committed to developing quality players and people. We are not focused on being the…
By Benjamin Peacock Over the course of the next several weeks leading up to the season, I am conducting one-on-one interviews with players to publish what I hope will be fun, entertaining, and informative reads on our team. Very often fans are removed from the athletes they cheer, so I hope this series of publications will help Rangers fans connect to their team in a meaningful way. Cabot resident Trevor Reed cried in his first game of soccer at the tender age of four because he did not want to play. But fortunately for him and the Little Rock Rangers,…
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