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Former Valencia, Lazio ace Lopez returns to Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids have confirmed that Claudio Lopez has returned to the club as their new Director of Soccer.

The 40-year old former Argentina international, who helped the Rapids win the 2010 MLS Cup during his short stint as a player in Denver, has taken up the important role where he will work closely with head coach Pablo Mastroeni.

"I talked this move over with my family and friends, and decided that - because we felt very well during our stay in Colorado - we would be very happy to come back to Denver and try to help the Rapids," Lopez said in a statement.

"What I can do is support Pablo, and support the guys, and try to push the players to do better things in the field. I can help to change a few things, also, which may help to have a better season next year."

As a player, Lopez represented Argentina on 55 occasions, scoring 10 goals, and had impressive spells with Racing Club, Lazio, Valencia and Club America before joining Sporting Kansas City (formerly KC Wizards) in 2008.

He made his to the Rapids in April 2010 and appeared 10 times, scoring a vital penalty in the Eastern Conference semi-finals against Columbus Crew in their title-winning season.

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