Update: Bryan López (Yepes) @ Sportivo Luqueño

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by m vann, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. m vann

    m vann Moderator
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    Colorado Rapids & Celtic FC
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I know Bryan's name has come up in the past but I was searching through some Copa Libertadores rosters and scores and his name popped up at Sportivo Luqueño, a Paraguyan club. It appears he backs up Enrique García, Luqueño first choice GK. However, according to ESPN's Soccernet, Bryan's played a handful of games this season, even playing in the Libertadores against Atlético Nacional (Colombia) losing 3-1.

    Like I said, Bryan's name has come up in the past but I've forgotten his background (and too lazy to look ;) ) and was wondering if anyone had any info. I wonder what his status at Luqueño is and how well his season has gone.



    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=235376&cc=5901
     
  2. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
  3. m vann

    m vann Moderator
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    Colorado Rapids & Celtic FC
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The thread you linked indicates that Bryan was in contention for a spot on Paraguay's U-20 side but was quickly passed over when their fed found out he was American despite being of Paraguyan decent. It also says Paraguay doesn't aknowledge dual citizenship. Never seen Bryan play but maybe it couldn't hurt if Nowak brought him in for a look.
     
  4. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Here's a link to a picture of him in action in the Copa Libertadores. (I think that's the ex-MetroStar King of Goals in the picture with him.)

    http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fWQbWl96v8Po/bryan_lopez

    I've never seen him play either.

    But, he is playing first team minutes.

    Chris Seitz isn't playing. Neither is Dominic Cervi, Quentin Westberg or Tally Hall.

    Every U23-eligible goalkeeper in MLS is a backup and most are third string.

    Like you said, it couldn't hurt to give him a look, could it?
     
  5. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
  6. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    According to Soccernet.com, Lopez has started three league games and one Libertadores game.

    All 4 games were in April and he hasn't started Luqueno's last two games (one league, one Libertadores) so either the first string GK got healthy again or got back in the coach's good graces.

    Still, it's a promising showing for Lopez. Here are the games he played, per soccernet.

    A 0-1 loss to Libertad (April 5)
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=237200&cc=5901

    A 1-3 loss in Copa Libertadores to Atletico Nacional of Colombia (April 10)
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=235376&cc=5901

    A 2-2 tie with Guarani (April 13)
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=237203&cc=5901

    A 0-1 loss to Olimpia (April 18)
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/match?id=237213&cc=5901
     
  7. Dan-ny-m398

    Dan-ny-m398 Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    Long Island NY
    Club:
    Olimpia Asuncion
    Nat'l Team:
    Paraguay
    Bryan Lopez, started a couple of games for Luquenio this season right up to the start of Copa Libertadores, then the team decided to go with a more experienced keeper for the libertadores. He started one game in the Libertadores where they lost 3-1, but he had a pretty good game. Luqueno has a new coach now and he might be getting the starting position pretty soon, and He was born in Queens NY and his parents are Paraguayan, He was called up for the Olympic Qualifiers but when they realized he wasn't a Paraguayan Citizen he was taken off the roster and he has been in Sportivo Luqueno for about 3years.

    This game was against Deportivo Nacional (colombia) he had some good saves, they just don't show them in this clip

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M82fHWhrOaM&feature=related
     
  8. Dan-ny-m398

    Dan-ny-m398 Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    Long Island NY
    Club:
    Olimpia Asuncion
    Nat'l Team:
    Paraguay
    That is not the same Guy
     
  9. philsoc

    philsoc Member

    Jul 11, 2000
    South Florida
    That's a DIM player of (almost) the same name...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brayan_López
     
  10. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
  11. Dan-ny-m398

    Dan-ny-m398 Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    Long Island NY
    Club:
    Olimpia Asuncion
    Nat'l Team:
    Paraguay
    Just an Update on this, Bryan Lopez is the starting goalie for his team, He started the last 2 games and Is expected to finish the last 5 games of the season, as the starting goalie.
     

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