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Richard Sanchez makes Fort Lauderdale Strikers debut

05 August 3:02 pm

Richard Sanchez makes Fort Lauderdale Strikers debut

By Daniel Robertson

2013 has been a big year for Richard Sanchez as he starred for Mexico in goal at both the CONCACAF U-20 Championships and the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and the homegrown signing achieved another significant goal on Saturday making his professional first team debut on loan at the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers. 

Sanchez started in goal for the Strikers on a momentus night as they were the visitors to the New York Cosmos' first game in nearly 30 years. The Cosmos scored a late 2-1 victory, but Sanchez played all 90 minutes in goal making six saves on the evening. CLICK HERE for highlights from the match.

Bradlee Baladez, who joined Sanchez at the Strikers late last week, did not travel or feature in Saturday's match, but figures to play a part in this weekend's home opener. Fort Lauderdale plays the first home game of the fall season on Saturday hosting Minnesota United FC.