Date of Birth3.2.1983 (40)
BirthplaceRafael Obligado, Argentina
Roster CategorySupplemental Slots 21-24
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed via a free transfer from Racing Club in the Argentine Superliga on Jan. 25, 2021
The former Argentine international forward brings a wealth of title-winning experience, and goals, to Atlanta in a career that includes more than 600 professional appearances. He's just two years removed from a campaign in which he led the Argentine league with 17 goals in 24 appearances, helping guide Racing to the title.
OUTSIDE MLS: The 37-year-old joins Atlanta with more than 600 professional appearances and 244 goals scored at the club level. He has won five league titles and five cup competitions during an 18-year career in Argentina, Portugal, France, Qatar and Brazil. His career totals include 455 first division appearances, in addition to 47 in the UEFA Champions League, six in the Europa League, 30 in Copa Libertadores and six in Copa Sudamericana. He spent the last five years playing for Racing Club in the Argentine Superliga, the club where he made his professional debut in 2003. López led Racing to the 2018-19 league title and was the top scorer in Argentina that season with 17 goals. He made 134 appearances and scored 48 goals across all competitions from 2016 to 2020.
INTERNATIONAL: López received his first call up to the Argentina national team under coach José Pékerman and made his debut on March 10, 2005 in a friendly against Mexico. The striker made seven career appearances for Argentina and scored his only international goal on Aug. 12, 2009 in a friendly against Russia.