Rangers have signed two players from the SDA’s ‘Free Agents’ list


— Rangers general manager Jon Daniels announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Shamalom Zoar, defender Ryan Matheson and midfielder Chris Johnson from the San Diego Deltas SDA.

Zoar joins the club from the New York Cosmos, where he played last season and scored eight goals in 21 games with a .927 save percentage.

Zoar was the second-leading scorer in the NASL with 23 goals, and was a member of the NASL MVP team in 2014.

Mathesson, who scored two goals and an assist in the 2016 NASL season, is currently a member for the Cosmos after spending last season with Minnesota United FC.

Johnson, who signed with the club as a free agent on July 4, was acquired from New York City FC in a trade with Toronto FC in December 2016.

Zobari is an 18-year-old, right-footed forward who played for New York for three seasons, scoring two goals in six games.

Zobaar was also a member the NASL’s MVP team.

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Rangers head coach Mark Parsons said that the signing of Zoar and Mathesons is an example of the club’s commitment to building a foundation for the future.

“Shamalom’s a young player who has a lot of potential and we feel he’s going to be an impact player for us,” Parsons said.

“His experience and knowledge of our style of play is invaluable to our team.

We also feel that Ryan’s combination of pace and power will make him an impact for our midfield and in attack.”

Rangers announced their roster on July 3, and are expected to play their first preseason game against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Alamodome.