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Could Richard Sanchez be the future goalkeeper of El Tri?

Chile v Mexico - Toulon Tournament Group A Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

You might of heard of Richard Sanchez in 2011 when he was part of the U-17 squad that won the U-17 World Cup in Mexican territory. Sanchez was the designated goalkeeper thoughout that World Cup, earning two clean sheets in the process. He was also the starter for Mexico at the the 2013 U-20 World Cup.

China PR v Mexico - Toulon Tournament Group A Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Born in California, the 6 foot 3 goalkeeper moved to Frisco, Texas at just 12 years of age, where he started his youth career and became a homegrown player for FC Dallas from 2009-2011. He signed his first professional contract in 2011 and was loaned out to Fort Laurderale Strikers in 2013. Eventually he was bought by Tigres UANL from 2014-2017 (loaned back to FC Dallas for just one year through the 2014 season) but never debuted in Liga MX. He spent one year from 2016-2017 on loan to Tampico Madero in the Liga Ascenso MX.

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For what is worth, it is worth mentioning that Sanchez was granted an invite to train with Chelsea in 2012 for a couple of days.

He is presently with Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer where he is the starting goalkeeper for the team. Sanchez is a top goalkeeper in the making, using his stature to get off his line quickly, claiming crosses from opposing teams and showing confidence in his abilities in quick situations.

Sanchez could potentially be one the future goalkeepers for Mexico, if granted the opportunity. With Alfredo Talavera and J. J. Corona out due to their age, there is an open competition for who will play backup to Guillermo Ochoa or take on the starting role. Other potential goalkeepers for Mexico include Raul Gudiño, Gibran Lajud, Hugo Gonzalez and Pablo Sisniega.