Dino Lopez

Dino Lopez (born 13 January 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Canadian retired soccer player who played in the National Soccer League, Canadian Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League, USISL A-League, National Professional Soccer League, and the Canadian Professional Soccer League.

Dino Lopez
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-01-13) January 13, 1969
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position defender
Youth career
1989 York University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989 Toronto Italia
1990–1992 London Lasers 40 (0)
1991Nova Scotia Clippers (loan) 10 (0)
1993 Montreal Impact 15 (0)
1994 Toronto Rockets 11 (0)
1995–1998 Milwaukee Rampage 54 (7)
1995–1996 Buffalo Blizzard (indoor) 7 (1)
1996–1997 Toronto Shooting Stars (indoor) 10 (0)
1998 Toronto Olympians 13 (1)
National team
1992 Canada 1 (0)
Teams managed
2002–2006 Oakville S.C. (U-12 Development Director)
2006–2012 Oakville S.C. (Head Coach Girls U-16)
2012– Oakville S.C. (Technical Director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

The Jamaica-born defender was raised in North York, Ontario and has played in his career for York University who was named a 1989 OUA East All-Star,[1] for the Toronto Italia (1989),[2] London Lasers (1990, 1992), Nova Scotia Clippers (1991), was an original member of the Montreal Impact.[3] In 1994, he played for the Toronto Rockets, a team which lasted only one season in the APSL. In 1995, he signed with the Milwaukee Rampage where he would play the next three outdoor seasons.[4] He retired following the 1997 season, but came out of retirement to play two games with the 1998 Rampage after injuries decimated the back line.[5]

In addition to his outdoor career, Lopez also spent several seasons playing winter indoor soccer. In 1995, he signed with the Buffalo Blizzard of the National Professional Soccer League.[6] He also spent the 1996-1997 NSPL season with the Toronto Shooting Stars.[7] In 1998, he signed with the newly expansion franchise the Toronto Olympians in the newly formed Canadian Professional Soccer League. Throughout the 1998 CPSL season, Lopez achieved an undefeated streak with the Olympians the first club within the league to achieve this milestone. As well as winning the double by winning the regular season and the Open Canada Cup. The club reached the playoff finals but where defeated by the St. Catharines Wolves by 4-2 victory in a penalty shootout.[8]

International career

He was member of the Canada men's national soccer team, he has played his only game on 9 March 1992 in Saint John, New Brunswick against the USA.[9]

Coaching career

From 2002 to 2006 Lopez was the U12 Development Director for the Oakville Soccer Club, and from 2006 to 2012 he coached the U-16 team.[10] On July 24, 2012, the Oakville Soccer Club announced that he would take on the role of Technical Director [11] at the Club.

Honors

Toronto Olympians

References

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