We've been discussing loans for young FC Dallas players for weeks on these parts and finally one has become official. FC Dallas announced Tuesday afternoon that they have secured a loan for Homegrown keeper Richard Sanchez to go to NASL side Fort Lauderdale.
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 in a press release sent out by the club. "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."
After signing with FC Dallas on Feb. 18, 2011, Sanchez went on to become the first American-born FIFA U-17 World Cup Champion. The sixth Homegrown player in FC Dallas history, Sanchez backstopped the Mexican Under-17 National Team to a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in front of a packed house at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on July 10, 2011. The 18-year-old served as FC Dallas' backup goalkeeper for six MLS matches in 2012.
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.
Sanchez has also been the subject of many rumors this season. Earlier in the year, he was said to have been sold to Mexican side Tigres. However, that deal ended up not happening like the Mexican club claimed that it did.
Fort Lauderdale struggled through the spring NASL season, going 2-2-8 with 24 goals scored against them. FC Dallas downed the Strikers in the third round of the US Open Cup, a time that likely struck up conversations between the two sides for a loan deal this year. I just hope that Sanchez isn't the only young player getting a loan this summer.