Lisandro López is new reinforcement of Gabriel Heinze’s Atlanta United

Lisandro López is new reinforcement of Gabriel Heinze's Atlanta United

Atlanta United announced the signing of Lisandro Lopez, who arrives with the pass in his possession from Racing Club.

Licha will be directed by Gabriel Heinze and will share a roster with other Argentines: Franco Escobar, Eric Remedi, Fernando Meza, Marcelino Moreno and Esequiel Barco.

Lisandro is a veteran scorer who will reinforce our attack and we are pleased to add a player of his experience and qualities to our club”Said Carlos Bocanegra, Atlanta United Vice President and Athletic Director.

He brings leadership and a winning mentality, having won several League and Cup titles during his career, and we feel he will have a positive influence on our young roster.“Added the leader.

Licha López will join the team and will occupy an international position pending her International Transfer Certificate (CTI) and P-1 Visa.

Lisandro, 37, joins Atlanta with more than 600 pro games and 244 club-level goals. He has also represented the Argentine National Team 7 times. Won 5 league titles and 5 Cups during an 18-year career playing in Argentina, Portugal, France and Brazil.

He played 455 First Division matches, in addition to 47 matches in the UEFA Champions League, 6 in the UEFA Europa League, 30 in the CONMEBOL Libertadores and 6 in the CONMEBOL Sudamericana.

He spent the last five years playing for Racing Club in the Argentine Super League, the club where he made his professional debut in 2003. López led Racing to win the league in 2018-19 and was the tournament’s top scorer with 17 goals. He played in 134 matches and scored 48 goals in all competitions from 2016 to 2020.

The Rafael Obligado-born man joined Racing in 2001 at the age of 18 and made his debut in the Primera in 2003. He scored 26 goals in 71 league games from 2003 to 2005 and was the top scorer in the 2004 Apertura with 18 goals.

In April 2005, López signed with FC Porto and helped the club win four consecutive Primeira Liga titles from 2005-06 to 2008-09. He won the league’s Golden Boot during the 2007-08 season and was named Best Player of the Primeira Liga, scoring a personal record of 24 goals. In four seasons, López played 143 for Porto and scored 62 goals, including 28 appearances and 13 goals in the UEFA Champions League, and won two Portuguese Cups and one Super Cup.

López signed with Lyon in the summer of 2009 and scored in his Ligue 1 debut on August 8. He scored a double in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against Bordeaux, advancing Lyon to the semi-finals where they lost to Bayern Munich. Lyon finished second in the Ligue 1 table in 2009-10 with Lopez scoring 15 goals and winning the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award. He scored at least 11 goals in each of his four league seasons in France and registered 168 matches and 82 goals in all competitions, including 19 matches and six goals in the UEFA Champions League. He scored the only goal in the 2012 Coupe de France final against US Quevilly to win the cup for Lyon.

In August 2013, López signed with Al-Gharafa from the Qatar Stars League where he scored 16 goals in 48 games in all competitions between 2012-15. In February 2015, he joined Internacional from Serie A in Brazil and scored 10 goals in 39 games before returning to his first club, Racing, in January 2016.

López was called up for the first time to the Argentina National Team by technical director José Pékerman and made his debut on March 10, 2005 in a friendly against Mexico. The forward played 7 games for Argentina and scored his only international goal on August 12, 2009 in a friendly against Russia.

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