Kansas City, Mo.—Former UMBC men's soccer standout Oumar Ballo. '15 recently re-signed with the Swope Park Rangers of the USL (United Soccer League), an affiliate of the Major League Soccer club Sporting KC on Monday. Ballo will be entering his second year with the club in 2017 after helping the team to the USL Cup Finals this past year.
"We are very excited for Oumar and look forward to continuing to watch him play at the highest level. The UMBC soccer family is very proud of his accomplishments," UMBC men's soccer Head Coach Pete Carningi Jr. said of his former defender.
The central defender made 25 appearances with the Rangers last season, earning 20 starts, and recording one assist against the Portland Timbers 2 in June. The Rangers went 12-4-1 when Ballo was inserted into the starting lineup at the end of the year.
Swope Park finished the year by knocking off LA Galaxy II (3-0), Orange County Blues FC (2-1), and Vancouver Whitecaps 2 (3-0) in the USL Cup Playoffs before falling to New York Red Bulls II in the finals, 5-1.
The Archbishop Curley product was a two-time NSCAA All-American, earned College Cup All-Tournament Team honors, as well as being named ECAC Defender of the Year and Soccer America's College MVP First Team in 2014 after helping the Retrievers to the national semifinals. Ballo also earned America East Defender of the Year twice during his career with the Black and Gold.