The San Jose Earthquakes announced Sunday the signing of Peruvian defender Marcos Lopez to a multiyear deal, two days after his Peruvian club team announced the transfer to MLS.

Lopez, 19, has played for the dominant Sporting Cristal team since 2017, where he scored five goals in 23 appearances last season.

"We're very excited to welcome a young player of Marcos' caliber to San Jose," Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda said via a statement. "His impressive play over the last few years gives us confidence that he'll be an important contributor for us in the present and future."

Lopez debuted professionally in 2016 with San Martin de Porres before seeing field time at the South American U-20 Championship in 2017 for Peru. The next year, he scored his first senior team promotion.

Defense was a major issue for San Jose in 2018, when it finished last in the Western Conference (4-21-9, 21 points) with the worst record in MLS. The Earthquakes allowed 71 goals last season, which was tied for the second-most in the league with Minnesota United.

--Field Level Media

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