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Claudio Lopez, Kansas City Part Ways

Missing out on the playoffs means repercussions and squad turnover will come. For the Kansas City Wizards, falling short in 2009 means two of the squad's most experienced players won't play a role for the club next season.

Previously, Kevin Hartman's contract extension negotiations stalled and KC signed Jimmy Nielsen to replace him in the net.

The club announced today that it has failed to reach an agreement with designated player Claudio Lopez.

The 35-year-old Argentine scored 13 goals and notched 15 assists in his two years in MLS.

“We would have liked to have Claudio back in 2010, but unfortunately it became clear early in the contract negotiations that we could not give him what he desired,” Wizards manager Peter Vermes said.

“We thank Claudio for his two years of service here in Kansas City. He was a consummate professional and set a good example for the young players on our team both on and off the field."

Prior to joining the Wizards as the team's first designated player, Lopez featured for Valencia, Lazio, Club America, and Racing.

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