The Mexican International Spent The Last Three Seasons With the Fire
The former Chicago Fire goalkeeper was selected by Sporting Kansas City during the first stage of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft.
Goalkeeper Richard Sanchez joins the Sporting Kansas City after being selected in the first round of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft.
The former Chicago Fire goalkeeper started his professional career with FC Dallas as a homegrown player in 2011. He spent the last three seasons in MLS with the Chicago Fire. In 27 league appearances, Sanchez had 90 saves.
Internationally, Sanchez was the starting goalkeeper for all seven matches for Mexico as El Tri won the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup. He was also Mexico’s starting keeper at the 2013 U-20 World Cup two years later, helping his side reach the Round of 16.
The California native joined the Atletico Madrid Academy in 2008. The next year, he came back to Texas the following year and joined the FC Dallas Academy.
FC Dallas loaned Sanchez to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 2013, where he made his professional debut in the North American Soccer League. He was sold to Liga MX powerhouse Tigres UANL a year later and went on loan to both FC Dallas (2014) and Mexican side Tampico Madero (2016-2017) during his time with the Los Tigres.
After a three-year spell in Mexico, Sanchez returned to MLS in August 2017 when he joined the Fire. He earned his MLS debut the following month and was Chicago’s starting keeper for most of the 2018 campaign, starting 24 of 25 regular-season appearances.