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,…
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. Utah native Jaden Hoth has had an eclectic journey in soccer from his days wearing a bumblebee stylized kit as a kid to his current stag logo with the Little Rock Rangers. His…
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. If you want to know what caliber of soccer player Ben Watson is, look no further than the fact he impressed Coach Will Montgomery enough to walk on to the Little Rock Rangers…
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. Oh, Captain, my Captain! Nicholas Doyle returns for his fourth season with the Little Rock Rangers and I got to spend a few minutes with him on a FaceTime chat this week to…
-By Ben Peacock 2/5/19 With the Little Rock Rangers earning a bid in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, fans of the central Arkansas team may have questions about what exactly this tournament is. The Open Cup is the US’s oldest national-level soccer competition, dating back to 1914. Named after the man who was paramount to creating Major League Soccer, the Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament that is open to teams from all levels of soccer, from amateur to top tier professional, to compete. It is sanctioned by the US Soccer Federation, who hosts it. Early on, the…
Little Rock Rangers Announce 2019 Conference Schedule The 4th season for the National Premier Soccer League’s Little Rock Rangers has been set. The Stags will kick off conference play on the road against Tulsa Athletic this year before opening at home versus Ozark FC. Then the Rangers will have a lengthy road trip for four games to reach the season’s mid-point. The back half will feature four home games broken up by a trip to Kansas. The Rangers compete in the Heartland Conference of the South Region in NPSL. Their conference opponents include teams that span across four states. Demize…
January 31, 2019 By Nichole Singleton LITTLE ROCK, AR- US Soccer Federation announced today the teams who have qualified for the 2019 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, which included Little Rock’s very own soccer club, the Rangers. In the 106-year history of the Cup, Little Rock will be the first and only club from Arkansas to ever qualify. In just their third season with the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the Rangers secured the Heartland Conference Champions title with a win over reigning champs, FC Wichita and moved on to beat the undefeated nationally ranked No. 1 Laredo Heat in…
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