Director of Soccer
Claudio López joined the Rapids as Director of Soccer in January, 2015, working closely with Head Coach, Pablo Mastroeni.
He scored more than 150 goals during an 18-year playing career with some of Europe and South and Central America’s biggest clubs, including Lazio, Valencia, Club América and Racing Club. He also featured at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups for Argentina, for whom he represented on more than 50 occasions.
This role marks a return to the club at which he ended his playing career. He spent the 2010 season with the Rapids, at the end of which the club’s current head coach Pablo Mastroeni lifted the MLS Cup. In all, López made 11 regular season appearances for the Rapids.
He also featured in the second leg of the 2010 MLS Playoff semifinal, against Columbus Crew, appearing as a substitute as the tie approached overtime. His experienced, cool head was vital as the contest went to a penalty shoot-out. López scored the penultimate spot-kick as the Rapids went through.
During his playing career, Lopez was a member of the Valencia side beaten in the final of the UEFA Champions League by Real Madrid in 2000. The Madrid team contained another former Rapids player, Aitor Karanka. The transfer fee which then took him from Valencia to Lazio that same year was in the region of $44m.
Playing career: Racing Club (1992-96); Valencia (96-00); Lazio (00–04); América (04-06); Racing Club (07-08); Kansas City Wizards (08-09); Colorado Rapids (2010).
Club honors: Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup (1999); Italian Super Cup (2000); Coppa Italia: (2004); Primera División de México (Clausura 2005); Campeón de Campeones (2005); CONCACAF Champions' Cup (2006); MLS Eastern Conference Championship (2010); MLS Cup (2010).
International: 55 appearances for Argentina. Featured at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup, and earned a Silver Medal in the 1996 Olympics.