Sanchez Named Player Of Match After Performance In NYC FC Friendly

Dec. 12, 2015

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's soccer goalkeeper Matt Sanchez was named the Most Valuable Player of the Match for the Puerto Rican National Team in its postseason friendly against New York City FC, a Major League Soccer (MLS) team, at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon.

Kwadwo Puku netted the game-winner in the first minute of stoppage time to give New York the 2-1 win. The first two tallies came via own goals, as New York took the advantage in the seventh minute and Puerto Rico tied the game in the 16th minute.

Sanchez played every minute in goal and ended the game with 10 saves.

Throughout the first half, Sanchez turned back seven shots from international legends, including attempts by World Cup champions David Villa (Spain, FC Barcelona) and Andrea Pirlo (Italy, AC Milan), in addition to Frank Lampard (England, Chelsea) and Maryland's two-time Herman Trophy winner Patrick Mullins (USA).

Early in the half, Pirlo bent a free kick towards Sanchez, but the junior grabbed it with no problem. Villa then had a point-blank shot that Sanchez blocked.