FRISCO, Texas (Tuesday, July 23) – FC Dallas has loaned goalkeeper Richard Sanchez to NASL side, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the club announced today.
Sanchez began training with Fort Lauderdale today in preparation for the team’s fall season, which opens on August 3 in New York against the Cosmos.
“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.
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"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 recently returned from FIFA U-20 World Cup duty with Mexico, where he helped his country advance from the Group Stage. Mexico was eliminated from the competition via a 2-1 loss to Spain in the Round of 16 at Ali Sami Yen Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on July 2.
Signed as a Homegrown player on Feb. 18, 2011, Sanchez 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. 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.