Lopez a DP for KC?

Lopez a DP for KC?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 25, 2008
  • 8 Comments

We’ve heard it many times over the past couple months. Argentine forward Claudio Lopez coming to the MLS for some club’s designated player tag. For a while we didn’t know which club as names bounded around from DC to Dallas to Colorado but one finally seemed to stick, Kansas City.

I’ve waited around a little bit to even talk about this story again in length after seeing other high priced Argentine players flirt with the notion of coming to the MLS this off-season. I am sure I talked about Lopez at some point and time last month about joining a MLS club this year but didn’t really seem to give it any time due to the chances of it actually happening.

Point and case, until the guy is signing his name on a contract and is holding up a jersey of a club, then I will believe it and give it what it is worth.

But over the weekend I got word that there were some serious talks between KC and Lopez about a contract. Steve Goff even talked about it on Friday so you have to figure that something is really in the works here. Not that I didn’t believe Goff at the time, I think I was just merely waiting yet again for more details.

All I know is what you all probably know by now. The two sides are talking and things are from what I am being told “optimistic” by both sides to get a deal done. We were optimistic back when Juan Sebastian Veron was looking at signing with DC United. Not to say that Lopez will pull the same kind of trigger and head back to Argentina and not come to the MLS, no, I am just again waiting until I see him holding up a jersey in front of the press here in the States.

Obviously this is a deal that Wizard fans want and probably need to happen more than anything. I’ve been pretty critical about them this off-season in terms of how they haven’t looked to replace anyone that has left, most notably the gapping hole in the striker position left by Eddie Johnson. Lopez would certainly fill what Johnson took with him to London, goal scoring. He has scored a 151 goals over the years in club play and 10 for Argentina on the national team side of things.

The 33-year-old striker would bring a class to Kansas City that hasn’t been seen probably since the days that Preki wore the blue and white.

My only question to Lopez is, has he seen the home stadium that KC plays in? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to knock on the current stadium situation for the Wizards because I know their new stadium (whenever it is actually built) will be one of the best in the league. Thing is will Lopez be around for another couple years to see that? I think the problem that the Wizards are having this off-season to attract quality players is due to their stadium situation, which is terrible for them really and the league.

I don’t mean to go off-topic here but its the truth really. I only hope that Lopez isn’t worried about such a thing and signs with the club. Lord knows they will need his offense this season.

So do you all think he will actually sign with the club? Or will he pull a Veron and stay back home in Argentina?

  • MJC

    Wow. I'm just contiually amazed by the willingness of some to comment on topics from a position of complete ignorance. Have you been to Community America Ballpark? I have. It is small and will only hold around 10K for soccer, but it's an almost brand new state of the art facility that the Wizards are upgrading. Just take a look at the menu options alone <a href="http://hillcrestroad.blogspot.com/2008/02/cab-concessions-menuphotographic-bliss.html&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://hillcrestroad.blogspot.com/2008/02/cab-con…</a>" target="_blank">http://hillcrestroad.blogspot.com/2008/02/cab-con…</a></a> <br />
    The place will be full everynight making for a far better atmosphere than a place like NE which is comparable to the situation we had at Arrowhead. If your whole beef is that it's small well you've got me there, although I'd argue small and full is better than big and empty. If you're argument is that because it's a minor league ballpark the amenities will somehow be substandard (it's across the streat from Kansas Speedway and in the middle of a major resturant and retail development) you're speaking from a position of ignorance

  • drew.epperley

    Ignorance, sure…but I think you missed the entire point of what I was trying to make here. I'm not knocking the stadium itself. I'm sure it will be fine and much better than Arrowhead and maybe even better than most out there anyways since it is a newer type of stadium. And I've read what the stadium has to offer, so I'm not knocking it there. <br />
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    All I am getting as with that is I hope he (Lopez) doesn't go into this deal and believe that he will be playing in front of a brand new soccer stadium. I can bet he hasn't played on a baseball field before like this. Its a tough draw for player when you think about it. He will go from very good facilities that he has been in over the years with Lazio, Valencia and Club America to a baseball park. Again I am not knocking it because I know a full 10k is better than 10k in Arrowhead. All I know hoping is he won't look at the stadium and walk away from a deal (no matter how good the stadium really is).

  • MJC

    Drew, <br />
    I agree, I hope Lopez won't walk away from the deal just because of the stadium, site unseen. If you actually take a tour of the place it's really a great little stadium. Our other facilities are first rate. A brand new outdoor training facility (which by the way will be a key selling point in getting some international sides to come to KC for some mid-season friendlies) and use of a very nice new indoor facility as well. Besides for the most part the only time a team ever truly uses it's home field is on game day. The impression that will leave is of a full house of passionate fans.<br />
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    I have confidence that OnGoal knows how to sell our situation, both current and future, to potential players. I've met Rob and he is dynamic and committed to the franchise. I know Neal and Cliff and they don't ever plan on coming in 2nd in anything they do. I truely believe that the sooner more freedom is granted to individual franchises, the sooner Kansas City Wizards will become one of the dominate franchises in this league, and I'm not so sure it won't happen before then.

  • cg

    Ummm…it actually DOES sound like you are knocking the stadium itself. I am sure that the Wizards FO have made the stadium situation very clear And by the way, the Wizards have one of the best training facilities in the league, so he will see that OnGoal is doing everything to make this team successful, which includes bringing a player of his caliber in now, rather than wait two years. They are trying to build the fan base so that the opening of the new stadium (which will be in 2010, since you appear not to know) will be very successful.

  • MJC

    Wow. I’m just contiually amazed by the willingness of some to comment on topics from a position of complete ignorance. Have you been to Community America Ballpark? I have. It is small and will only hold around 10K for soccer, but it’s an almost brand new state of the art facility that the Wizards are upgrading. Just take a look at the menu options alone http://hillcrestroad.blogspot.com/2008/02/cab-concessions-menuphotographic-bliss.html

    The place will be full everynight making for a far better atmosphere than a place like NE which is comparable to the situation we had at Arrowhead. If your whole beef is that it’s small well you’ve got me there, although I’d argue small and full is better than big and empty. If you’re argument is that because it’s a minor league ballpark the amenities will somehow be substandard (it’s across the streat from Kansas Speedway and in the middle of a major resturant and retail development) you’re speaking from a position of ignorance

  • Ignorance, sure…but I think you missed the entire point of what I was trying to make here. I’m not knocking the stadium itself. I’m sure it will be fine and much better than Arrowhead and maybe even better than most out there anyways since it is a newer type of stadium. And I’ve read what the stadium has to offer, so I’m not knocking it there.

    All I am getting as with that is I hope he (Lopez) doesn’t go into this deal and believe that he will be playing in front of a brand new soccer stadium. I can bet he hasn’t played on a baseball field before like this. Its a tough draw for player when you think about it. He will go from very good facilities that he has been in over the years with Lazio, Valencia and Club America to a baseball park. Again I am not knocking it because I know a full 10k is better than 10k in Arrowhead. All I know hoping is he won’t look at the stadium and walk away from a deal (no matter how good the stadium really is).

  • MJC

    Drew,
    I agree, I hope Lopez won’t walk away from the deal just because of the stadium, site unseen. If you actually take a tour of the place it’s really a great little stadium. Our other facilities are first rate. A brand new outdoor training facility (which by the way will be a key selling point in getting some international sides to come to KC for some mid-season friendlies) and use of a very nice new indoor facility as well. Besides for the most part the only time a team ever truly uses it’s home field is on game day. The impression that will leave is of a full house of passionate fans.

    I have confidence that OnGoal knows how to sell our situation, both current and future, to potential players. I’ve met Rob and he is dynamic and committed to the franchise. I know Neal and Cliff and they don’t ever plan on coming in 2nd in anything they do. I truely believe that the sooner more freedom is granted to individual franchises, the sooner Kansas City Wizards will become one of the dominate franchises in this league, and I’m not so sure it won’t happen before then.

  • cg

    Ummm…it actually DOES sound like you are knocking the stadium itself. I am sure that the Wizards FO have made the stadium situation very clear And by the way, the Wizards have one of the best training facilities in the league, so he will see that OnGoal is doing everything to make this team successful, which includes bringing a player of his caliber in now, rather than wait two years. They are trying to build the fan base so that the opening of the new stadium (which will be in 2010, since you appear not to know) will be very successful.