Several media reports suggest Honduran national team goalkeeper Luis Lopez has agreed to sign with Los Angeles Football Club.
Jeff Carlisle of ESPN.com said the reports out of Honduras have been confirmed:
Can confirm reports out of Honduras that #LAFC have signed Real Espańa and Honduras national team goalkeeper Luis Lopez. He should be presented next week.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 19, 2018
In addition to playing for the national team, Lopez is the starting goalkeeper for Real España – based in San Pedro Sula in Honduras.
#ATENCIÓN | El arquero seleccionado nacional Luis López sería nuevo jugador de Los Ángeles F.C. de la MLS.— Deportes TVC (@DeportesTVC) January 19, 2018
Las negociaciones se vienen dando de hace mucho tiempo y al parecer ya hay un acuerdo entre LAFC, Real España y el jugador. pic.twitter.com/WAS44DAXUf
Real España is currently fourth in Liga Nacional in Honduras. As its netminder, Lopez has allowed just 25 goals in 18 games – including two clean sheets in the last four matches.
As national team goalkeeper, Lopez managed to give up just two goals in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, despite Honduras managing just five goals and one win in the tournament.
The 24-year-old is fairly young, and could have a potential battle with Tyler Miller for the No. 1 role at the expansion team, although bringing him in as an international player would seem to indicate LAFC think he’ll play a role in 2018.
This remains a report for the moment, as LAFC have not confirmed it, but given the provenance of the sources, it seems like it will be happening soon. We will share details as we get them.
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