Mexican Under-20 national team goalkeeper Richard Sanchez will have the chance to earn playing time at a lower club level after being loaned by FC Dallas to the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
The 19-year-old Sanchez, who backstopped Mexico's U-17s to the World Cup title in 2011 and the U-20s to a round of 16 appearance in this summer's World Cup, is behind Raul Fernandez and Chris Seitz on the FC Dallas depth chart, so the club saw it fit to send him elsewhere on a temporary basis. He had previously been linked with a move to Mexican club Tigres UANL.
“I believe that Richard needed to play,” FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo said in a club statement. “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.
"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's first test could come under a heavy spotlight, as Fort Lauderdale opens the second half of the NASL year against the New York Cosmos on Aug. 3 in the storied franchise's return to action following almost three decades of inactivity.