Get to Know: Ricky Lopez-Espin

Here's everything you need to know about Real Salt Lake’s draft pick, Ricky Lopez-Espin:

  • Played club ball at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Academy for head coach Tim Carter. 
  • Participated in United States U-20 Men’s National Team camp under head coach Tab Ramos. 
  • Helped lead the squad to the 2013 U-17/U-18 U.S. Academy National Championship match. 
  • NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team forward during his junior season.
  • Played 4145 total minutes for the Creighton Bluejays, scoring 19 goals in 60 total NCAA appearances.
  • Named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament team after scoring two goals during three matches.
  • Made Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Top 100 (No. 71).
  • Also held spot on Top Drawer Soccer Postseason Top 100 (No. 99).
  • Paired with 19 goals, Espin-Lopez registered 5 assists with his impressive goal tally during his college career.
  • Featured in 18 matches in 2017 registering a 0.67 Goals per game mark in his senior season at Creighton.
  • Played in 23 matches his sophomore year, making 16 starts while ranking third on the team in shots with 49 – 21 of which were on goal.