FRISCO – FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez is looking forward to learning and developing even more as a player during the next three years.
That was the big takeaway from the 18-year-old 'keeper who just inked a three-year contract with the club that will keep him in North Texas until 2015.
“It feels great,” Sanchez said after training on Thursday. “Now that I got an extension it just feels good.”
Sanchez said talks about extending his initial deal he signed in 2011 began one month ago. Sanchez’ agent worked with FCD Technical Director Fernando Clavijo to get the deal done.
Sanchez is the sixth Homegrown player in club history and played 360 minutes in 2012 with the FC Dallas Reserves.
The goalkeeper said club officials told him they were excited to re-sign him and they wanted to keep him and develop him.
Sanchez wanted to stay as well.
“I want to be here at FC Dallas for the next three years,” Sanchez said. “Who knows – maybe I can win a starting spot here. But I know in order to, I have to earn that.”
Three teams will be eliminated from the MLS Playoffs tonight in the second leg of the MLS Playoffs - Semifinal Round. New York hosts D.C. United in a likely snowy Red Bull Arena (7 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Kansas City hosts Houston (8 p.m., streamed live on MLSSoccer.com) and San Jose vs LA Galaxy (10 p.m. CT on ESPN2).
DC and NY tied 1-1 in Leg One. Houston beat KC 2-0 and San Jose beat LA 1-0. The team with the highest aggregate score advances.
Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg Two match:
Scott Brown: NY 2, DC 0 (NY advances); KC 1, HOU 0 (Houston advances); SJ 2, LA 2 (San Jose advances)
Robert Casner: NY 1, DC 2 (DC advances on PKs, 5-3); KC 2, HOU 1 (Houston advances); SJ 3, LA 2 (San Jose advances)
Mark Norris: NY 0, DC 1 (DC advances); KC 1, HOU 1 (Houston advances); SJ 3, LA 1 (San Jose advances)
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea spent his Saturday morning painting with children with special needs in Dallas. It was part of Challenge Air, which has enriched the lives of children and youth with special needs through its unique aviation programs. While the children waited for their respective turns to fly in a plane, Shea, who in his spare time has his own art studio – Left Foot Studio, worked with the children on their own artwork.
FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez appeared on FOX4's Good Day this morning to promote the Blue Goose Charity Case-a-Dilla that is currently benefiting the FC Dallas Foundation. From each order of the special quesadilla at all area Blue Goose Cantina's, a dollar goes toward the Hernandez All-Stars FC Dallas Field in West Dallas. Watch the segment from Monday morning below:
The MLS Playoffs begin the semifinal round tonight with all four series playing Leg One at some point over the weekend. Friday night is Seattle vs RSL (9 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Saturday features D.C. United hosting New York (7 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Sunday has two matches: Houston vs Kansas City (2:30 p.m. on NBC) and LA Galaxy vs San Jose (8 p.m. CT on ESPN).
In other words, lots of playoff soccer to keep you entertained. Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg One match:
Scott Brown: SEA 0, RSL 2; DC 1, NY 1; HOU 1, KC 2; LA 2, SJ 2
Robert Casner: SEA 2, RSL 0; DC 2, NY 1; HOU 1, KC 1; LA 2, SJ 3
Mark Norris: SEA 2, RSL 1; DC 2, NY 0; HOU 2, KC 1; LA 1, SJ 2
George John is still in the lead after Week Eight of Futbol and Football - but just barely. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
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The wild card round concludes tonight in the 2012 MLS Playoffs with the Western Conference Wild Card match between the Galaxy and Whitecaps (9:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Each round we give you the FCDallas.com staff picks & let you the fans vote on who you think will win.
Scott Brown - LA Galaxy 1, Vancouver 2
Robert Casner - LA Galaxy 3, Vancouver 1
Mark Norris - LA Galaxy 3, Vancouver 0
The MLS Playoffs start tonight with the Eastern Conference Wild Card match between Chicago and Houston (8 p.m. CT on ESPN2). Each round we will give you the FCDallas.com staff picks & let you the fans vote on who you think will win.
Scott Brown - Chicago 2, Houston 0
Robert Casner - Chicago 2, Houston 1
Mark Norris - Chicago 1, Houston 0
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