Position: Midfielder (#8)
Weight: 154 lbs
Born: May 10, 1987
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California (birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico)
Previous Club: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
How Acquired: Transfer from Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on January 18, 2022
Lopez returns to Republic FC after spending the 2021 season with USL Championship side Rio Grande Valley FC Toros and helping the South Texas club reach the Western Conference Semifinals. With the Toros, he made 28 starts in 33 appearances, while adding six goals and six assists – top three among RGV players. The veteran earned league accolades with four Team of the Week selections and two Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week nominations in 2021.
The Guadalajara, Mexico native was Republic FC’s first-ever signing in 2013 and played with the Indomitable Club during its first two seasons in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, he was named the MVP of the 2014 USL Championship Final as Republic FC earned the league title in its inaugural season. After leaving Sacramento following the 2015 season, Lopez rejoined Republic FC in 2020. In 70 appearances across three seasons with Sacramento, RoRo has scored 28 goals and added 19 assists, both in the top three in all-time club history. Other accolades include being named as a finalist for the league’s 2014 Most Valuable Player, a 2014 First Team All-Championship selection, two Player of the Week honors, and multiple Team of the Week selections.
His professional career began in 2005 with MLS-side Chivas USA. After three seasons with the southern California club, he would move on to compete in NASL, USL PDL, MLS Reserve League, USL Championship and Mexico’s top leagues – Ascenso MX and Liga MX.