LA Galaxy signed a local product Wednesday, bolstering its goalkeeping corps for the near and distant future.
The club agreed to terms with Eric Lopez on a Homegrown contract. Lopez, 20, had previously been playing with the club’s USL Championship affiliate, LA Galaxy II. He is a native of Westminster, California.
“Eric has continued to progress as a person and a player during his time in our development system,” LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said in a statement. “His success is a leading example of our youth structure providing a pathway to join the first team. After growing as a member of our Academy and LA Galaxy II, we are excited for Eric to represent our senior team and look forward to his contributions.”
Lopez first signed with Los Dos in 2016. At the time, he was the youngest player to ever sign a USL Championship contract.
In 38 appearances with LA Galaxy II, Lopez posted three clean sheets. This past season, he allowed 1.6 goals per-game and made 41 saves.
Lopez has featured for the U.S. youth national teams at the U-17, U-16 and U-15 levels.
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) January 15, 2020
LA Galaxy is currently carrying three goalkeepers on its roster heading into the 2020 season, as Lopez joins MLS veteran David Bingham and 22-year-old Justin Vom Steeg.
Lopez is the third homegrown on the Galaxy’s roster this season, joining 17-year-old midfielder Efrain Alvarez and forward Ethan Zubak.