FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez has already accomplished a lot in his young career as a professional athlete. After signing a Homegrown contract with FCD in February of 2011, Sanchez became the first American-born athlete to win a men's World Cup when he backstopped Mexico to the U-17 Championship last summer.
Last week the young 'keeper was called into U-18 Mexican National Team camp as Mexico begins preparations for the 2013 U-20 World Cup. Sanchez traveled to Mexico City last Sunday and will check in with FCDallas.com periodically as he trains with El Tri's U-18s.
Thursday, January 26
Our camp in Mexico City is over now, and it has been a good week of training out here in Mexico with the National Team. And what better way to end it than with a friendly game against the U-20s? All in all, our performance was good enough to end the game with a 1-1 draw and there was plenty of good action on both ends of the field.
I am now at the airport getting ready to head back to Dallas. After a week of good, hard work, I am now ready to go back home and be back with my FC Dallas teammates!
Wednesday, January 25
What's up FC Dallas fans,
Today is the second to last day of camp. Today's session consisted of running different plays to prepare ourselves for a friendly game we're going to have tomorrow against the U-20s, along with some goalkeeper training. We only had one session today so that we could have the rest of the day to stay in our rooms and rest up. I took advantage of this time to work on some online schooling and, of course, get plenty of rest for the friendly on Thursday.
Tuesday, January 24
Hey again everybody,
It is now the second day of camp, and so far everything has been going well. Today was a bit harder than yesterday. This time, the coaches organized drills where they had the field players shooting at the goalkeepers. We also played small-sided, 7v7 games. The intensity was really high at both sessions today, but it was fun also a lot of fun at the same time!
I'm glad to be back with the National Team and all my friends from the World Cup. I'm enjoying my time here very much!
Monday, January 23
Richard here, checking in from Mexico. Upon my arrival to Mexico City on Sunday, I was happy to be back. This is the place where most of my dreams came true last summer. It's a place I consider home.
We had a training session Monday morning. In this session, all we worked on was the technical things, such as passing. Nothing too hard; being that it's our first session and all the coaches wanted was for us to get back into rhythm. Later that day, we had a second training session, and again, it was just a light session to get us back into the speed of play.
Apart from training, the coaches had meetings with us telling us what their plans are for the U-20 squad this upcoming year. They told us they were going to form one team with players from both the U-18s and U-20s. They let us know it wasn't going to be easy whatsoever, but that everyone has the chance to become part of that final U-20 squad in 2013.
What does this tell me? Well, the answer is clear: Work hard to earn a spot in that squad. It's a challenge that I am willing to work hard for because I want to accomplish the same goal my teammates and I accomplished last summer. In order for that to happen, I know I need stay focused and get better every day.