The San Jose Earthquakes announced this week that defender Marcos Lopez has reported to the Peruvian National Team’s facilities to train with a contingent of MLS players over the coming days or weeks.
Lopez joins Alexander Callens (NYCFC), Edison Flores (D.C. United), Pedro Gallese (Orlando City SC), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), and Yordy Reyna (D.C. United) to train with the Peru set-up ahead of MLS training camps opening, the actual timing of which remains up in the air with the timing of the season itself up in the air. This group appears to be the Peruvian contingent in MLS, aside from Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz, who is probably a big enough star that he can choose to train on his own.
Lopez is still just 21, and is coming off a much-improved second season with the Earthquakes. He’s also made two appearances in the fall for Peru’s National Team in World Cup qualifying, so he seems to be rounding into a key player for club and country.
We’ll see when MLS teams report for training camps this year, but hopefully Lopez can get some fitness and otherwise stay healthy ahead of the upcoming season.
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