Apr 2, 2010 10:23 PM

Rapids sign F Claudio Lopez

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Rapids have signed Claudio Lopez, a playmaking Argentine forward who spent the last two seasons with Kansas City.

The club announced the signing Friday. The Rapids will add him to the roster once his visa goes through. He won't be available for Colorado's home opener Saturday against Chicago.

The 35-year-old Lopez is a two-time World Cup veteran whom Colorado coach Gary Smith described as a "valued asset." Lopez signed with the Wizards in March 2008, scoring 13 goals and dishing out 15 assists in 57 games.

Lopez has scored 10 goals for Argentina's national team and played in both the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. He also took part in the 1996 Olympics for Argentina, which captured the silver medal.

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