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Rodrigo Lopez signs with Rio Grande Valley FC for 2021 season

Going to be weird to see him in a different kit.

Courtesy of Republic FC.

It’s official, Rodrigo Lopez will be playing for a different USL Championship club in 2021.

Rio Grande Valley FC unveiled Lopez as their newest signing on Thursday.

The 32-year-old returned to Sacramento Republic FC for the 2020 season amid great fanfare, but his second stint at the club was destined to be a one-year stay, the club opting to not bring him back for the 2021 season, a decision that the player said he was shocked to discover.

While it didn’t seem likely Sac Republic would change their minds and bring him back, the romantics of us out there probably hoped there was a chance the two sides could come together for at least one more go-round, but that didn’t happen and now he’s going to an RGVFC side that will likely draw heavily upon his veteran presence and leadership. With head coach Wilmer Cabrera returning to the club for this season after a previously successful stint there, I bet they will be far more competitive than they’ve been in recent seasons.

Sacramento won’t play RGVFC in 2021’s regular season, which is kind of bittersweet. But best wishes to RoRo and good luck in Texas this season.

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