The Fort Lauderdale Strikers have acquired goalkeeper Richard Sanchez on loan from FC Dallas of MLS. Sanchez began training with the team on Tuesday July 23rd in preparation for their Fall season opener on August 3rd against the New York Cosmos in New York.
“We are thrilled to receive such a talented goalkeeper for the fall season,” said Head Coach Günter Kronsteiner. “Richard will help solidify our defense.”
Sanchez, born in the US of Mexican parents, helped Mexico win the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, defeating Uruguay 2-0 in front of 105,000 people in Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for the final. At 16 years old, Sanchez was named the top goalkeeper in the Universidad Catolica tournament in Chile while playing for the U-17 Mexican side, which lost in the final 1-0.
“I believe that Richard needed to play,” said FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo. “After playing in the Under-20 World Cup with Mexico, he is at the stage where coming here and sitting on the bench is not going to help his development.”
“We had a couple teams that were interested in him but Fort Lauderdale really made a commitment to getting him playing time. I am very familiar with the Strikers. They are a first-class organization. Between the additional playing time and the guidance of goalkeeper coach Ricardo Lopes, this loan is going to help Richard continue to develop.”
Sanchez signed with FC Dallas as a Home Grown Player on Feb. 18, 2011. Sanchez logged 360 minutes with the FC Dallas Reserves in 2012. He finished the season with a 2-1-1 record and a 1.50 goals against average.
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