FIFA U-17 World Cup Champion Richard Sanchez has been called into camp by newly appointed Mexican U-18 National Team head coach Mario Arteaga Herrera. Sanchez departed for Mexico City, Mexico over the weekend and will return to Dallas on Thursday, Jan. 26.
“We really love Richard Sanchez,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “What a great story, winning the U-17 World Cup with Mexico and signing with FC Dallas last season. It was a really good year for him and his family. He’s a player Mexico obviously has a lot of interest in. Getting called into the Mexican U-18 National Team camp is a natural progression for him.”
Sanchez is one of 20 players Herrera called into camp in an effort to establish a solid foundation of players who will represent Mexico in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
“I had a chance to speak with a member of the Mexican U-17 National Team coaching staff while I was in Kansas City for the MLS SuperDraft, and they have very much targeted Richard as being a special player for Mexico in the future,” said Hyndman. “We’ve been contacted by several Mexican clubs interested in having him come down and train, but we’ve got big plans for Richard ourselves. We want him here training with Drew Keeshan, Chris Seitz and Kevin Hartman on a daily basis.”
Born in Mission Hills, Calif., Sanchez moved to Texas with his family and initially played for Texas Football Club before joining Spain’s Atletico de Madrid U-16 squad. In 2009, Sanchez returned to Texas and began playing for the FC Dallas Development Academy. He signed with FC Dallas as a 16-year-old on Feb. 18, 2011.