FRISCO, Texas – Contrary to published reports last week, FC Dallas officials have insisted that Homegrown signing and Mexican Under-20 national team 'keeper Richard Sanchez has not been sold to Mexico’s Tigres UANL or any other team.
“Richard Sanchez is a member of FC Dallas,” FC Dallas Coach Schellas Hyndman told MLSsoccer.com last week. "He’s got a contract with us and it’s a long-term contract."
A club source confirmed that while there has been communication between FC Dallas and Tigres, there is no pending loan or transfer deal for the U-17 World Cup champion. Hyndman went on to say that the 19-year-old is in fact very much a part of the club’s future plans.
“We love his progress, we love his maturity, we love his growth,” Hyndman said. “Our mentality is, let’s use this year to get him the best training we possibly can, also for him to be a part of the Mexican U-20 national team and get as many games there as he can internationally.
"And then go through the [U-20] World Cup, progress as they did with the U-17s and win the championship and then we can talk about next year a little bit more and with more stability, because he’ll be here the whole time.”
Sanchez signed his first-team contract with FC Dallas in February 2011. Although he was born in Los Angeles and later moved to Texas, he boasts dual citizenship for the US and Mexico.
He’s currently with the Mexican Under-20 national team at the Toulon Tournament in France, the final tune-up for teams before the Under-20 World Cup begins on June 21 in Turkey.