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Forward Madison signs NIU all-conference goalie Sanchez

Martin Sanchez. Photo courtesy Northern Illinois University.

Forward Madison FC has signed Martin Sanchez to a 25-day contract, pending league and federation approval.

Originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, Sanchez was a member of the Minnesota Thunder Academy in US Soccer Development, appearing in 14 matches for the U-18/19 squad in 2017-18. After committing to Northern Illinois University, Sanchez redshirted his freshman year and went on to make 26 starts in his Sophomore and Junior year, playing a team-high 1,263 minutes in the 2020-21 season.

Sanchez burst into the national spotlight in his senior year when he was named All-Mac First Team, helping the Huskies to a record of 15-3-2. He was one of two players to start all 20 matches, recording eight clean sheets in the process (tied for 12th nationally). Sanchez recorded a season-high five saves at Notre Dame and recorded a crucial penalty save in NIU’s victory over Oakland in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

“Martin is a young, up-and-coming goalkeeper who was very successful at the collegiate level,” Assistant and Goalkeeper Coach John Pascarella said. “We look forward to seeing his development at a pro level.”

Sanchez joins Phillipines international Bernd Schipmann as the second goalkeeper on the Forward Madison roster.