Mexican Soccer Legend Hugo Sanchez Gets A New Gig

Hugo Sanchez
Mexico's soccer coach Hugo Sanchez gives instructions to his players during a practice session at the Caliente stadium in Tijuana City February 26, 2008. Mexico's U-23 soccer team will play against Paraguay in an international friendly soccer match on February 27 in Tijuana City. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO)

ESPN has announced that former Mexican soccer star, Hugo Sanchez, has signed on with the worldwide leader in sports as a soccer analyst for ESPN Deportes. The announcement came early on Wednesday after both sides finished negotiations.

“I am very happy to return to the Picante desk and be part of ESPN’s coverage of Mexican and international soccer alongside their renowned team of experts, contributing to the discussion while providing my analysis and experience and off the field,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez is one of the greatest soccer players in Mexican history. His career originated from humble beginnings in Liga MX, but quickly expanded the globe as he had his best years in the Spanish Capital of Madrid. Sanchez played for both Real and Atletico Madrid and scored 234 goals over an 11-year span placing him third all-time in La Liga behind Lionel Messi (258) and Telmo Zarra (251).

Sanchez was also a legend on the Mexican National team. He played in three world cups and made over 58 international appearances scoring 29 goals for El Tri. He was also the head coach of the team from 2006-2008.

Most recently the 56-year old Sanchez was a guest analyst for ESPN during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. ESPN was so pleased with his performance that they offered him a full time position. Sanchez will appear regularly on a show called Futbol Picante airing on ESPN Deportes and will assist in coverage of Liga MX and El Tri.


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Michael J. Duarte is a Los Angeles based writer. Born and raised in the City of Angels, Michael did his undergraduate work at the University of California Santa Barbara and a graduate program at the University of Southern California. Michael was awarded the Paul Lazarus Screenwriting Scholarship Award in 2004 and the Corwin Writing Award for his feature screenplay, "Chasing 4:00" in 2005. In addition to Sports writing, Michael is an avid marathon runner and fan of the Magic Bullet blender.