Adrián López Rodríguez

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Not to be confused with Adrián López Álvarez.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Rodríguez.
Adrián López
Personal information
Full name Adrián López Rodríguez
Date of birth (1987-02-25) 25 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth As Pontes, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Montreal Impact
Number 26
Youth career
As Pontes
2001–2006 Deportivo La Coruña
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Deportivo B 12 (0)
2007–2010 Deportivo La Coruña 26 (1)
2011–2013 Wigan Athletic 11 (0)
2013– Montreal Impact 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Adrián López Rodríguez (born 25 February 1987), also known as Piscu, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Montreal Impact in the Major League Soccer, as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Deportivo[edit]

López was born in As Pontes de García Rodríguez, A Coruña. After emerging through the ranks of local Deportivo de La Coruña, he spent his first two professional seasons with the club's B-side. During the 2007–08 season he benefitted from injury to undisputed starter Alberto Lopo and made 15 La Liga starts for the first-team, the first coming on 30 September 2007 in a 0–1 away loss against RCD Espanyol.[1]

On 22 February 2009, again starting and already a full member of the main squad, Piscu scored his first goal for the Galicians, in a 1–1 home draw against Valencia CF.[2] He finished the season with eight league appearances.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

In the summer of 2010 Deportivo unilaterally renewed Piscu's contract, keeping the player at the club until June 2011.[3] The player, not having signed the contract himself, believed he was a free agent and did not turn up for training with the club;[4] while waiting for the contract dispute to be resolved by FIFA he trained with Premier League side Wigan Athletic,[5] and the entity eventually ruled that he was a free player and was allowed to join another team.[6]

On 31 December 2010 Piscu eventually joined the Latics on a free transfer, signing a short term deal until the end of the 2010–11 season.[6] He made his club debut in the campaign's FA Cup, starting in a 3–2 win at Hull City on 8 January 2011.[7] On 5 March he first appeared in the league, in a 0–1 away defeat against Manchester City.[8]

López made a total of four appearances for Wigan in his first year and, in early August 2011, extended his contract with the club for a further two years.[9] He left at the end of the 2012–13 season as the team suffered relegation, with only 19 official matches to his credit.

Montreal Impact[edit]

On 26 July 2013 López signed with Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact, for an undisclosed fee.[10] He made his competitive debut on 21 August in a CONCACAF Champions League match against Heredia Jaguares de Peten, which ended in a 0–1 loss and with him being sent off for a challenge on Charles Córdoba;[11] additionally, he failed to appear in the league season, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament to his right knee during a training session.[12]

Honours[edit]

Wigan Athletic
Montreal Impact

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Espanyol 1–0 Deportivo La Coruña". ESPN FC. 30 September 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Piscu pounces to keep Valencia in check; UEFA.com, 22 February 2009
  3. ^ "El Deportivo renueva a Piscu" [Deportivo renews Piscu] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "La ausencia de Piscu sorprende en el Deportivo" [Piscu's absence surprises Deportivo] (in Spanish). El Día. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Piscu chooses Wigan Athletic over Deportivo La Coruna". Click Lancashire. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Lopez finally completes move". 31 December 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Hull 2–3 Wigan". BBC Sport. 8 January 2011. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Man City 1–0 Wigan". BBC Sport. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "Piscu jugará en el Wigan inglés dos temporadas más" [Piscu will play for England's Wigan another two seasons] (in Spanish). La Voz de Galicia. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Montreal Impact sign Spanish center back Adrian Lopez Rodriguez". Major League Soccer. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Tremblay, Olivier (26 August 2013). "CD Heredia 1, Montreal Impact 0 – CONCACAF Champions League Match Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Preview: Impact hosts the Columbus Crew at Stade Saputo on Saturday afternoon". Montreal Impact. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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