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Claudio Lopez Happy in Kansas City
Goal.com, April 17th, 2009 5PM

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Not all Designated Players have worked out in MLS. Claudio Lopez is an exception. The former Argentina national team star not only has had an impact on the field for the Kansas City Wizards, but he and his family are so happy to be in Kansas City that he took a pay cut to remain with the Wizards.

"I didn't know a lot about the league, but once I got here, it seemed very competitive to me," Lopez told Goal.com's Andrea Canales. "Each league is unique, but in this one, they are definitely improving."

Lopez endured an up-and-down first season, helping to lead the Wizards to the 2008 playoffs after a shaky start, and agreed to return for only $180,000 -- down from the DP salary of $720,000 in 2008. "In the beginning, it's hard to adjust, simply because of not knowing the language," Lopez added. "But I had the help of a lot of good people here in Kansas City."

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