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Claudio Lopez to Rapids?

Argentine midfielder-forward Claudio Lopez, who was not retained by the Kansas City Wizards after two MLS seasons, is in talks with the Colorado Rapids, the Insider has learned. Lopez, 35, had 13 goals and 15 assists in 57 league appearances.

The Wizards parted ways with Lopez in late February, but it remains unclear whether they retain his MLS rights.

If he were to sign with the Rapids, he would join an attack headlined by the lethal striking combination of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings and supported by Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Mehdi Ballouchy and Colin Clark.

In other veterans-without-a-club news, midfielder-forward Pat Noonan has signed with the Seattle Sounders and seems likely to fill the right wing slot; and former D.C. United striker Luciano Emilio remains on the market, which will close April 15. United holds his league rights and would receive compensation. At least two clubs, including Philadelphia, have expressed interest in Emilio, who would also need to reach terms on a new contract with the league.

By Steve Goff  |  March 31, 2010; 7:18 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: Claudio Lopez, Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, MLS, Seattle Sounders  
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Comments

Give a tug on the tube they're feeding me through when the MLS site is showing the scores from last week.

Posted by: lgm6986 | March 31, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Rapids sure like them argies with soles wearing thin eh?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 31, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Re: Emilio . . "Sell, Mortimer, Sell!!"

Posted by: delantero | March 31, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Lopez might fit in with Colorado very well--maybe. Gomez didn't work out there. But Lopez is acclimated to MLS (but then, so was Gomito), and could provide some of the central midfield creativity that Colorado just doesn't have.

Posted by: JoeW1 | March 31, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure he'd fit in. Gary Smith prefers a more direct style- straightforward, quick, efficient. Lopez is more of a possession and short passing guy. A lot of Latin American players have passed through him without much success.

Posted by: Sunspot | March 31, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

OT, but, the women's game on ESPN2 in the snow is fun to watch and makes me wonder, what happened to Natasha Kai?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 31, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the snowfest in Sandy, too. BTW, I'm at Grevey's in the Merrifield area, which has free wifi, even if it did take about five tries to get a connection that stuck. They also have individual small screens for each booth, tuned to the channel of one's choice, which is nice. On the other hand, they have a bunch of Red Bull-based cocktails, which is weird. There must be some marketing tie-in. I'm almost tempted to order one and then do an Esky.

I don't know about Kai, but they do have Barnyard--er, Barnhart--in goal, so Pia may be trying a few different combinations.

Posted by: universityandpark | March 31, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know anything about soccer-friendly watering holes in Orlando or its northern 'burbs? I may find myself there sometime in April.

Posted by: universityandpark | March 31, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

This is fun to watch. Good move on wearing white. Mexico can't see us.

Posted by: Reignking | March 31, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Considering the condition, the US is playing attractive soccer.

Posted by: Reignking | March 31, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Wambach goal...

Posted by: Reignking | March 31, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Boners on WNT replays when the Eurosnobs are obviously well spent from the afternoon's schtupping?...

Headed down to Raleigh this weekend, have a lead or two about trying to catch the DC United match live on Saturday evening down there. Anyone around here have any Triangle area leads worth mentioning?

Posted by: DadRyan | March 31, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

So....(Is anyone as sick as I am of hearing all these wonky types on the radio that start every answer with "So"?)...I'm a little bit confused about the market window closing April 15th. I'm assuming this is just hwat MLS calls the "primary window" for requesting international transfer certificates? Based on last year's calendar, the secondary window opens on July 15th.

With all the injuries United is suffering through, I think Ashton better get his butt off of the Ipanema beach and bring back some talent from Brazil already. We're waiting, Chad...

Posted by: fischy | March 31, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Man oh man! What a game today! Lived to its billing, with the two teams that best play the beautiful game. Did you see that game today? If all games were like that, soccer would be the world's most popular sport.

Oh, wait, I feel like I'm forgetting something....

Oh yeah. It is the world's most popular sport!

Posted by: fischy | March 31, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Was Wambach onside, or did a defender get a touch on the ball, making it a moot point?

And surely someone is going to moan that Lori Lindsey, whom the Freedom let slip away, got into the game and acquitted herself well.

Posted by: universityandpark | March 31, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Steven Goff used a shocking phrase, "lethal striking combination of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings" in his clip on Claudio Lopez. How Steven can use such a superlative for an attack duo whose TEAM average was less than 1.25 goals per game last season is astonishing. Who's LETHAL in the MLS? Anyone? P.S. The last lethal scorer in the U.S. was none other than Giorgio Chinaglia of the Cosmos who averaged almost a goal per game; now that's lethal.

Posted by: juke2 | March 31, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

You want lethal? You should hear Chinaglia on his XM radio show.

I think Goff was using it in jest, at least in part. Also recalling what the Rapids did to DC the last time the team was out there -- Cummings coming out party.

Posted by: fischy | March 31, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

By the way -- I am a United fan, but if the Cosmos are revived...it'll be a tough call for me.

Posted by: fischy | March 31, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

So, Pumas beats La Maquina, Cruz Azul, in CONCACAF Champions League play. This raises the question about footy fans in Europe. Do they get up early to watch CCL games live, or do they DVR them to watch later in the day, like so many of us do for UEFA Chamions League games?

;)

Posted by: fischy | April 1, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Why do people feel the need to criticize the guy bringing us information? Can't we just be happy we have a dedicated reporter covering MLS and DC United.

Fischy, I agree that Barca v Arsenal was amazing. Wenger may have exposed a hole in Barca in the second half today. By overloading Arsenal's right side with pace (Walcott/Eboue) it put Barca up against it. They really had no response. I still like Barca in a rout at the Nou Camp. The tie should have been over in 15 minutes. No Fabregas, Gallas, Arshavin means no result. I know Barca are without Pique and Puyol but they can play Marquez and Kolo Toure back there and be fine.

Also, the Pumas, Cruz Azul game showed how bad refereeing is in our region. Pumas should have had a beautiful second goal.

Posted by: grubbsbl | April 1, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Steven Goff used a shocking phrase, "lethal striking combination of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings" in his clip on Claudio Lopez. How Steven can use such a superlative for an attack duo whose TEAM average was less than 1.25 goals per game last season is astonishing. Who's LETHAL in the MLS? Anyone?

Posted by: juke2 | March 31, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

You've been thundersnarked!

Posted by: Kev29 | April 1, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Granted 1.25 goals per is not outstanding, but DC United'd top three only scored .83 goals per game and one third of them came from PKs.

Posted by: lgsrtraub | April 1, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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