WASHINGTON, February 26, 2013 — With the season-opener at Houston just a few days away on Saturday, D.C. United has signed Panamanian midfielder Marcos Sánchez on a one year loan from club Tauro FC (Panama). Sanchez is a senior national team player and most recently set up Panama’s second goal in a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica in a 2014 World Cup qualifying game.
“Marcos is highly technical player who can play a number of different spots in the midfield,” said United general manager Dave Kasper. “He has had a great two months of performances in both the UNCAF and World Cup qualifying with Panama, and he sealed a roster spot with his time during pre-season.”
Sánchez, 23, has made 18 appearances (12 starts) for Panama’s national team and notched two goals. At Tauro FC, Sánchez started four games in 2012 in the team’s 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League campaign. Overall, Sánchez appeared in 66 games (49 starts) for Tauro FC since 2010 and notched four goals for the side.
Sánchez has been on trial with United since Feb. 12 and assisted on Lionard Pajoy’s insurance goal in a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union this past Saturday just two minutes after entering the match.
THE FACTS ON MARCOS SANCHEZ
Name: Marcos Sánchez
Weight: 155 lbs.
Birthdate: December 23, 1989
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Previous Club: Tauro FC (Panama)
Acquired: Signed on February 26, 2013.
Source: D.C. United
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