Date of Birth2.20.1993 (29)
BirthplaceMission, TX USA
Drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation adidas signing after two seasons at the University of North Carolina, Lopez was the ACC Freshman of the Year as a Tar Heel. He was a regular fixture for the United States Under-20 Men’s National Team, playing at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey and the 2013 Toulon Tournament in France. He has also participated in training camps at the U-15 and U-18 levels.
Sporting KC loaned Lopez to OKC Energy FC on March 24 ahead of the 2015 USL PRO season. He returned midway through the year and made six appearances for Sporting KC in all competitions.
2015: MLS regular season: Started five of six appearances (482 minutes played). Made his 2015 debut for the club in the second half of a defeat to San Jose on Aug. 19. Earned his first start of the season in a 3-2 loss at Columbus Crew SC on Aug. 22. MLS Cup Playoffs: Did not feature. Open Cup: Did not feature. USL (OKC Energy FC): Started five of eight appearances with 434 minutes played. Made his first start in the club's opening match of the USL season on March 28.
2014: MLS regular season: Appeared in eight games with five starts. Made his MLS debut and first League start in a 2-1 win at Columbus on July 16. MLS Playoffs: Did not feature. CCL: Did not feature. Open Cup: Did not feature. Friendly: Played 45 minutes in a 4-1 Champions Shield defeat to Manchester City on July 23 at Sporting Park. USL PRO: Was loaned to USL Pro affiliate Orlando City on March 17, contributing one assist in nine appearances (169 minutes). Was recalled from Orlando City on June 4 and sent on loan to OKC Energy FC. Was recalled to Sporting KC on June 30 after scoring one goal in five games (366 minutes) for Energy FC.
2013: MLS: Did not feature. Open Cup: Made his professional debut with a start on May 26 against the Des Moines Menace.
College: Spent two seasons at North Carolina ... Started all 21 matches he appeared in during 2012 and scored two goals and one assist ... In 2011 he was voted the ACC Freshman of the Year after appearing in 25 matches (21 starts) and scoring three goals four assists.
Club: Played for Classic Elite ... Was the Under-18 Academy Team Captain in 2010.
High School: Attended St. Stephen’s Academy.
U.S. National Team: Regular call-up on the US Under-20 national team ... U.S. Under-18 National Team member during two training camps (February and April) ... Participated in two U.S. Under-18 National Team trips to Argentina and Portugal ... Member of the U.S. Under-15 training camp in 2008. Named to the US Under-20 Men's National Team that participated in the 2013 Toulon Tournament in France ... Featured in two matches for the U.S U-18s in France against Republic of Congo and South Korea ... Was named to U.S. U-20 team that participated in FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey ... Appeared in all three matches for the U.S. U-20s, starting the final group stage match against Ghana.
Personal: Full name is Miguel A. Lopez, Jr. is the son of Miguel and Marth Lopez ... Has a younger brother ... Majored in exercise and sport science at Carolina.