HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Sporting Cristal and signed a multi-year contract on Jan. 6, 2019.
Lopez is a young left back who made an international appearance with Peru before his 20th birthday. He's looking to build on an impressive 2019 season, in which he started 15 of the 18 games he appeared in.
INTERNATIONAL: Lopez competed for Peru at the 2017 South American U-20 Championship, starting all four group-stage matches. As the youngest member of Peru's squad during the tournament in 2017, he is age eligible to compete in the U-20 tournament again in 2019. He earned his first call-up to the senior national team in August of 2018, making his debut as an 18-year-old on Sept. 9 against Germany. Lopez is the youngest player to debut for Peru under head coach Ricardo Gareca, who took over in February of 2015.
OUTSIDE MLS: The left-footed Lopez comes to San Jose from Sporting Cristal Lima of the Peruvian first division. In his first full season with the side in 2018, he led Sporting to a 25-7-11 regular season record and +62 goal differential, both of which were easily the best in the league. The Lopez-led defense conceded just 36 goals in 43 games (0.84 avg.), seven fewer than any other team, and helped them earn qualification to the Copa Libertadores group stage. He made 21 starts in 23 total appearances, scoring five goals.