The next great Mexican goalkeeper 

February, 9, 2012
02/09/12
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No one will argue that, over the years, Mexico has produced its share of world class field players. Less recognized is the country's tradition for solid goalkeepers -- a history that includes notable standouts such as Antonio Carbajal and Ignacio Calderon.

But of late, Mexican goalkeepers have been known more for their flair than for world class abilities between the pipes. From Pablo Larios to Jorge Campos -- a famously skilled forward in addition to sensational in goal -- top-class contemporary Mexican keepers have often been known for their audacity as much as their shot-stopping skills.

Richard Sanchez, who backstopped El Tri to yet another U-17 World Cup last summer, hopes to change that. A hybrid of that Mexican flair and a proud American goalkeeping tradition that predates the United States' success in the game, the young Sanchez may have what it takes to set a new standard for Mexican goalkeepers.


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Brent Latham is a soccer commentator who covers the youth national teams for ESPN.com. Based in Guatemala, he has attended youth World Cups from Peru to Egypt, and places in between.

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