Position: Club President
Lopes brings an impressive resume of success back to the City Islanders. A graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education program, he has held prominent positions with some of football’s most iconic franchises. As Technical Consultant with Manchester United, he worked alongside respected football legends and professionals such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlos Queiroz and David Gill, and players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Tim Howard and Paul Scholes.
He was then named CEO for the Manchester United Soccer School operation in Portugal, a project that was praised by the President of the Portuguese Republic for its significant social contributions and dedication to youth development. Lopes also served as Associate Director of International Relations for the American Soccer League, USL, where his team was responsible for establishing partnerships between US and European clubs.
In 2013, at the age of 30, he was appointed by Philadelphia Union (MLS) CEO Nick Sakiewicz and Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) Owner Eric Pettis as president of the Harrisburg club making him one of the youngest ever to run a professional soccer franchise in North America.