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San Jose Earthquakes’ Marcos Lopez finishes 4th in Copa America with Peru

Youngster played his part in tourney for his country.

TOPSHOT-FBL-2021-COPA AMERICA-BRA-PER Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images

Marcos Lopez should be returning to the San Jose Earthquakes in the coming days, after missing more than a month of action with his club, while out on international duty. Fortunately, it was a pretty decent outcome for him personally.

Lopez’s Peru finished in 4th place at the 2021 Copa América in Brazil on Friday, after they lost a nail-biter 3-2 to Colombia in the 3rd place game. Lopez featured in Peru’s final game of the competition, getting the start for Ricardo Gareca’s team.

While Peru was knocked out of a berth in the competition final by host Brazil and Colombia beat them in the consolation game, 4th place is still pretty impressive for Peru. While the Copa América is usually a 12-team tournament and this time was a 10-team marathon, don’t let the relative lack of teams fool you — this is almost certainly the most competitive regional competition in the world. So finishing 4th is a good showing, even if Peru has been racking up semifinal berths the past few tournaments.

Congrats to Marcos on the sojourn with his national team, and hope he’s able to recover quickly for the next phase of the Earthquakes’ season.

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