FC Dallas signs 16-year-old goalkeeper

FC Dallas has signed 16-year-old goalkeeper Richard Sanchez, a

standout on the under-17 Mexican national team.

The deal announced Friday moves the California native and Texas

resident from the FC Dallas developmental program he joined in

2009, when he left Spain’s Atletico Madrid under-16 squad.

Playing for the Mexican national youth team, Sanchez recently

was selected the top goalkeeper at a tournament in Chile.

Sanchez will join Dallas in Orlando, Fla., this week, but will

return to the Mexican team on March 6 as part of preparations for

the this year’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Sanchez is the sixth FC Dallas player signed from its youth

program.