Richard Sanchez, like the rest of the Chicago Fire, has had a rocky start to the season. In his first three matches of the season, he’s allowed in eight goals. Now you can’t lay the blame of all of those goals on him, but for the most part, he was taking the full brunt of the blame on social media.
Then came Saturday’s game against the New York Red Bulls. There must of have been something in the air over at Harrison, NJ because without his heroic saves, the Fire would of have continued plummeting.
While Nemanja Nikolic, Aleksandar Katai were creating magic upfront and Mo Adams controlled the midfield in his fantastic debut for the club, Sanchez was making saves that would another goalkeeper— let’s say Iker Casillas— stare with awe.
Sanchez had nine saves - a career high for him - throughout the 2-1 win over the Red Bulls. The highlight of the match was in the 35th minute where he made a fantastic double save against Daniel Royer and Kaku.
It took a while and it may have cost the Fire some points, but it seems like Sanchez has finally found himself comfortable guarding the net.