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After three seasons in the Premier Development League, Darrin MacLeod has signed a professional contract with the United Soccer League's Swope Park Rangers, pending USL and federation approval.
The goalkeeper played collegiately at Drake University, leaving the program as the all-time leader in saves (308), shutouts (19), wins (33) and games played (76).
“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to play for Swope Park Rangers and be a part of the Sporting KC organization,” MacLeod said in a release. “I can't wait to help bring this team back to the USL Cup Final and continue to grow as a player at such a great club.”
MacLeod began his PDL career with K-W United FC in 2014, recording a 0.93 goals-against average, 50 saves and two shutouts in seven games. The netminder joined TFC Academy for the 2015-16 seasons, making 53 saves in nine games during 2015 while stopping 47 shots in 10 appearances in 2016.
The 22-year-old is the latest 2016 PDL alum to sign a professional contract in 2017. Former Jersey Express goalkeeper David Greczek also signed a contract with Swope Park Rangers, while Des Moines Menace talent Sam Brotherton inked a deal with English Premier League club Sunderland A.F.C.