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Sporting KC selects Mikey Lopez

By Sporting KC



INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 17: Mikey Lopez of North Carolina speaks to the crowd after being selected by Sporting Kansas City as the 14th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 17: Mikey Lopez of North Carolina speaks to the crowd after being selected by Sporting Kansas City as the 14th overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Sporting Kansas City selected 19-year-old midfielder Mikey Lopez out of the University of North Carolina with the 14th overall selection in the first round of last Thursday's 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas in Indianapolis, Ind.

A Generation adidas signing, Lopez has been added to Sporting Kansas City's roster and will occupy an off-budget roster spot. Generation adidas is a joint program between MLS and adidas that identifies top domestic underclassmen and youth national team players, while providing educational stipends for its professional players.

Lopez is an active member of the United States Under-20 Men's National Team. He has appeared in international competitions including the 2012 Northern Ireland Milk Cup in July and the 2012 Marbella Cup in Spain in October.

 In his two-year collegiate career at North Carolina, Lopez appeared in 46 games with five goals and five assists. He was named ACC Freshman of the Year in 2011 after helping the Tar Heels secure their second-ever NCAA national championship, and was named an NSCAA All-American this season.