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Richard Sanchez, a young goalkeeper seriously on the rise

Mar 6, 2013, 10:25 AM EST

Richard Sanchez

What an interesting situation at FC Dallas, where goalkeeper Raul Fernandez and Chris Seitz just did brilliant preseason battle, both with eyes on the starting spot at FC Dallas Stadium in suburban Frisco.

And yet, the FCD goalkeeper so many are talking goes by Richard Sanchez.

Sanchez, 18, first signed with Dallas as a homegrown product in February of 2011. He signed a new deal last November, as the club wisely tied up the young ‘keeper through 2015.

Sanchez could walk through downtown Dallas unbothered, but he’s big news in Mexico. He backstopped a talented Mexican collection to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup championship.

Last week, Sanchez was big in the nets as Mexico claimed top honors in Puebla, Mexico, during CONCACAF qualifying for the Under-20 World Cup later this summer in Turkey.

Sanchez was in goal as the Mexicans downed Tab Ramos’ United States team – which included several young MLS men – by a 3-1 overtime result in the tournament final.

Sanchez turns 19 in April. We see young goalkeepers struggle in MLS if fed to the world too early; Zac MacMath in Philadelphia is a good example. Still, you wonder how long before Sanchez can push to displace one of those in the top ‘keeper pairing around FCD?

  1. charliej11 - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Did Hartman retire after being let go ?

    He was still very good…although gettting old.

    • mvktr2 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      I’ve always hated Hartman, knew I hated him when I first started watching MLS almost 5 years back. However over time I grew to respect the heck out of him!

      He wasn’t picked up in MLS, I wonder if he’ll go somewhere else, even USL Pro/NASL?

  2. theasoccerist - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    How do we statistically evaluate goalies? I put together this rubric – but am open to other suggestions.

  3. mvktr2 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Sanchez looks wonderful, however I’m not sure how tested he was? Sort of looks a good bit like a young Sean Johnson.

    The point about MacMath is well maid. I think it’s essential to have veteran CBs in front of a young keeper and an older mentor keeper. Philly has 1 vet CB and apparently no mentor. I suspect those and the coaching are MacMath’s problem. He’s lost a lot of confidence, looked very shaky Sat! :(

    How about Ryan Meara though? He’s done exceptionally well … so far.

  4. mvktr2 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Could someone answer this question about Sanchez’s relationship with FCD & the Mexican federation. Which one was he affiliated with first? Did FCD discover him by scouting Mexican youth soccer or did the Mex. youth program scout Sanchez at FCD? Would like to know his ‘story’ so to speak.

    • bquills - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_S%C3%A1nchez

      Mexican Youth teams first. According to his wiki bio, he was born and raised in California. After playing on mexican youth teams, he was scouted and signed to Athletico Madrid’s youth teams. But after a couple years in Spain he came back to the US and settled in Dallas, where he joined the FC Dallas academy team. So basically he fell into FC Dallas’ lap. :)

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