Los Angeles Football Club announced their latest roster move on Wednesday, with the signing of Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez, pending receipt of his ITC and visa. No terms of the deal were disclosed.
Lopez, 24, nicknamed “Buba,” has spent his entire career to date in his home country with Real España, making 124 appearances across all competitions since making his debut in 2013. He won the league title last season, and has some CONCACAF Champions League experience, too.
Most notably, Lopez was thrust into the role of starter for Honduras at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he impressed and helped Los Catrachos qualify for the quarterfinals, even though the team overall was lackluster. In some ways, that tournament was a coming out party for the goalkeeper, who has nine senior caps to date.
“Luis is a young, athletic goalkeeper who’s eager to grow and learn within MLS,” said EVP of soccer operations and general manager John Thorrington in a statement. “We’re excited to get him on the field and see what he can do for our club.”
“Luis is an athletic goalkeeper who is very good with the ball at his feet,” said LAFC head coach Bob Bradley. “He will bring great experience having played in big matches throughout his career.”
Lopez’s addition brings LAFC’s official goalkeeper corps to two, alongside another youngster in Tyler Miller. Given Lopez will be taking up a valuable international slot, one figures he’ll be penciled in as the starter on March 4, but we’ll have to see if Miller will put up a fight and win the No. 1 role. I expect there to be plenty of competition in the next several weeks, at the very least.
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