FC Dallas working to bring Sanchez back

by Steve Hunt on Jul.15.2014
  1. Richard Sanchez is back with FC Dallas. 

    The former FCD Homegrown goalkeeper was training in Frisco on Tuesday morning nearly a month after Dallas transferred him to Tigres UANL of Liga MX, Mexico’s top division.

    FCD had transferred Sanchez, 20, who had yet to make a first-team appearance with the club since being signed out of their youth academy in Feb. 2011, on June 24 to Tigres, a club Dallas once had a partnership with.

    However, with last week’s announcement that veteran goalkeeper Chris Seitz will be out the next six to eight weeks with a right quadriceps strain that he sustained in the second half of a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on July 4th at Toyota Stadium, FCD all of a sudden needed a third keeper to bolster the position.

    Raul Fernandez, a 2013 MLS All-Star, is now the full-time starter with Seitz sidelined but the only other keeper currently on the roster is 19-year-old Homegrown Jesse Gonzalez, who only recently debuted with the FCD Reserves and who also has yet to log any first-team minutes.

    Besides his recent debut with the reserves, Gonzalez’s only experience of note was the one game he served as Seitz’s backup earlier in the season.

    So Dallas reached out to a familiar face to provide some depth during Seitz’s injury, a process which first-year FCD head coach Oscar Pareja discussed after training on Tuesday.

    “Richard is back because we are trying with MLS and Tigres to delay his transfer due to the injury that we have with Seitz. So, at this point we are in conversations with the league and Tigres, who by the way has been tremendous with us and working a great partnership with their management,” Pareja said.

    FCD and Tigres began a partnership in 2006 under former club president and general manager Michael Hitchcock. The sides played a home-and-home series in 2006, 2007 and 2008 for the Rio Grande Plate, and again in 2011 after a two-year hiatus.

    Pareja couldn’t offer any specifics about the process to bring Sanchez back on loan to FCD, a loan he said will last only until Seitz returns, which figures to be in September, but he did say that the process is coming along nicely.

    “There are small things they are working on upstairs to see how the two clubs can agree with the league in a way that we can delay that,” Pareja said. “He’s a player that knows this organization pretty well and we were happy to him to Tigres, but due to the great relationship that we have with this club, I think these are things that are doable.”

    Should this loan go through this week, then Sanchez will likely be Fernandez’s backup for this weekend’s match with the New England Revolution in Frisco. If not, Gonzalez will be the backup for the time being.

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