CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — February 25, 2018
On February 25, Corpus Christi Football Club (CCFC) welcomed Karlo Lopez to the family at Hardknocks sports & grill Sunday Afternoon. Lopez is now the youngest player to be signed by the Sharks, at age 17.
Friends and family all gathered to celebrate Karlo’s accomplishment for being invited to join CCFC as its youngest player. The ceremony included brief speeches from Club President Dr. Kinglsey Okonkwo, Head Coach Sammy Giraldo and Communications Director Hugo Marciales. The ceremony began with Hugo Marciales welcoming everyone and showing a video of Karlo’s soccer career over the years.
“I try to work harder than everyone else” Lopez said in the video. He is still a student athlete at Veterans Memorial High School. Joining the team at such a young age proves that Karlo has what it takes to make the big leagues. After the speeches, Karlo got an official CCFC T-shirt. “We have watched Karlo for several years now, we think he is a special talent.” Said assistant coach Sebastian Giraldo. Coaches saw potential in him from early on.
The evening ended with friends and family taking pictures with Karlo against a CCFC background.
Nearly 70 percent of all MLS SuperDraft selections since 2010 have PDL experience, including a total of 66 alums chosen in 2018. Among the many players to have played in the PDL before making their professional debuts include Newcastle United FC defender DeAndre Yedlin, 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris, 2016 MLS Defender of the Year Matt Hedges and U.S. Men’s National Team members Darlington Nagbe, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Tim Ream.
By Megan Martinez