On Monday, Eric Lopez became the youngest player to sign a professional contract with a USL PRO side when he inked a deal with LA Galaxy II – the pseudo reserve team of LA Galaxy.
Lopez’s arrival to the professional level is a bit of a surprise. Goalkeepers tend to develop later and the opportunities for a 15-year-old in that position are limited. There are very few goalkeepers who make much of a mark even in their late teenage years.
While the trajectory of his career is just starting, there is potential there for a special goalkeeper. Lopez already stands well over six-feet tall and has a long, lean frame. Beyond his physical attributes, Lopez has very good positioning for a player his age. He also has a knack for catching the ball away from his body.