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Ex-Lazio, Valencia star Claudio Lopez named as Colorado Rapids soccer director

The Colorado Rapids has moved to bolster its backroom staff ahead of the 2015 season, with the news that former striker Claudio Lopez has agreed to the role of Director of Soccer and Assistant Coach.

Lopez, 40, scored more than 150 goals during an 18-year playing career with some of Europe and South and Central America's biggest clubs, including Lazio, Valencia, Club America and Racing Club. He also featured at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups for Argentina, for whom he represented on more than 50 occasions.

"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.

"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."

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