Ilie Sánchez

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Ilie Sánchez
Ilie Sánchez Cropped.jpg
Ilie with Sporting Kansas City in 2019
Personal information
Full name Ilie Sánchez Farrés
Date of birth (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain[1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Los Angeles FC
Number 6
Youth career
1996–1998 Martinenc
1998–2000 Barcelona
2000–2001 Poble Sec
2001–2003 Catalònia
2003–2005 Collblanc
2005–2007 Cornellà
2007–2009 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Barcelona B 114 (2)
2014–2016 1860 Munich 24 (1)
2015–2016Elche (loan) 27 (1)
2017–2021 Sporting Kansas City 144 (7)
2022– Los Angeles FC 23 (1)
Teams managed
2021 Sporting Kansas City (academy)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 06:53, 7 August 2022 (UTC)

Ilie Sánchez Farrés (Catalan: [ˈiliə], Spanish: [ˈilje]; born 21 November 1990) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC.

Formed at Barcelona, where he was only a reserve, he spent five years of his career at Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer, winning the U.S. Open Cup in 2017.

Club career[edit]

Barcelona B[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Sánchez represented several clubs as a youth, including FC Barcelona from ages 7 to 9, returning to La Masia in 2007.[3] In the 2009–10 season he made his professional debut in the Segunda División B, contributing 22 matches (one goal)[4] as the B team returned to Segunda División after an 11-year absence.[5]

Mainly a defensive midfielder, Sánchez was reconverted into a right-back by manager Luis Enrique, a former Barcelona player.[6] He was also called by Pep Guardiola for the first team's pre-season in 2010.[7]

1860 Munich[edit]

On 11 June 2014, both Sánchez and teammate Edu Bedia signed for TSV 1860 Munich of the German 2. Bundesliga.[8] He made his league debut in the season opener, a 3–2 away defeat to 1. FC Kaiserslautern,[9] and scored his only goal on 26 September to help to a 2–0 home win against SpVgg Greuther Fürth.[10]

Sánchez was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Torsten Fröhling at the start of the 2015–16 campaign,[11] and on 31 August he was loaned to Elche CF in the Spanish second tier.[12] He scored once, the penalty winner in a 2–1 home victory over CA Osasuna on 8 November.[13] Shortly after his return to his parent club, his contract was mutually annulled.[14]

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

On 13 January 2017, Sánchez moved to Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City on a two-year deal.[15] He played on 20 September as the team won the U.S. Open Cup with a 2–1 final victory over the New York Red Bulls;[16] days later, he earned a U.S. green card which qualified him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.[17]

Sánchez was named to the All-Star team at the end of the 2018 season in recognition of his play, notably ranking in the top five in nearly every passing and midfield statistic or metric.[18] In 2019, he figured in Kansas City's run to the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals, scoring in knockout games against Deportivo Toluca F.C. and C.A. Independiente de La Chorrera.[19][20] On 29 September that year, he was sent off while conceding a late penalty from which the Portland Timbers drew 2–2 at Children's Mercy Park.[21]

In August 2021, Sánchez took an assistant coaching role with the under-14 side as part of his B License course in the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education program.[22] Following the year's campaign, his contract option was declined.[23]

Los Angeles FC[edit]

On 12 January 2022, Sánchez signed a two-year contract with Los Angeles FC.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Sánchez's older brother Yuri was on the youth ranks of UE Cornellà at the same time as him, as an attacking midfielder. Having failed to join him as a fellow professional, he became an economist after graduating from the University of Barcelona.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of matches played on 30 April 2018[25][26][27]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup1 Other2 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2009–10 Segunda División B 17 1 5 0 22 1
2010–11 Segunda División 24 1 24 1
2011–12 1 0 1 0
2012–13 29 0 29 0
2013–14 38 0 38 0
Total 109 2 5 0 114 2
1860 Munich 2014–15 2. Bundesliga 24 1 2 0 26 1
Elche (loan) 2015–16 Segunda División 27 1 1 0 28 1
Sporting Kansas City 2017 MLS 33 0 5 0 1 0 39 0
2018 9 2 0 0 0 0 9 2
Total 42 2 5 0 1 0 48 2
Career total 202 6 8 0 6 0 216 6
  • 1.^ Includes DFB-Pokal, Copa del Rey, and U.S. Open Cup.
  • 2.^ Includes Spanish Promotion Play-offs and MLS Cup playoffs.

Honours[edit]

Sporting Kansas City

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ilie Sánchez". Eurosport. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Ilie Sánchez". Los Angeles FC. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Ilie Sánchez, un producto de La Masía del Barcelona que brilla en Sporting KC" [Ilie Sánchez, Barcelona's La Masía product shining at Sporting KC] (in Spanish). TUDN. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  4. ^ "El Sant Andreu empata contra el Logronyès (2–2) i el Barça Atlètic signa taules amb l'Espanyol B (1–1)" [Sant Andreu draw against Logroñés (2–2) and Barça Atlètic sign tie with Espanyol B (1–1)] (in Catalan). Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  5. ^ "El filial del Barcelona vuelve a Segunda doce años después" [Barcelona reserves return to Segunda twelve years later]. Marca (in Spanish). 20 June 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  6. ^ Sánchez, César (19 July 2010). "La cantera como vía y no como alternativa" [Cantera as the way to go and not an alternative] (in Spanish). Don Balón. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Los primeros elegidos de Guardiola" [Guardiola's first chosen ones]. Sport (in Spanish). 27 July 2010. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Ilie deja el Barça B para fichar por el Múnich 1860" [Ilie leaves Barça B to sign for Munich 1860]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 11 June 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Zweitliga-Wahnsinn gegen 1860 München: Kaiserslautern dreht Partie in Unterzahl" [Second league madness against 1860 Munich: Kaiserslautern come back despite being undermanned]. Der Spiegel (in German). 4 August 2014. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Erlösende Siege für 1860 München, Eintracht Braunschweig und Erzgebirge Aue" [Liberating wins for 1860 Munich, Eintracht Braunschweig and Erzgebirge Aue] (in German). Goal. 26 September 2014. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  11. ^ Giebel, Marcus (21 July 2015). "1860 vor dem Liga-Start: Die Gewinner und Verlierer" [1860 before the start of the season: The losers and winners]. Tz (in German). Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  12. ^ "¡Buena Suerte, Ilie!" [Good luck, Ilie!] (in German). 1860 Munich. 11 June 2014. Archived from the original on 31 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  13. ^ G. Barea, Miguel (8 November 2015). "Elche 2–1 Osasuna: Remontada como premio a la constancia" [Elche 2–1 Osasuna: Comeback as the reward for perseverance] (in Spanish). Los Otros 18. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  14. ^ Weiß, Florian (26 August 2016). "Jetzt ist auch der dritte Poschner-Spanier weg" [Now the third of Poschner's Spaniards is gone]. Tz (in German). Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  15. ^ Kovzan, Sam (13 January 2017). "Sporting KC signs Spanish midfielder Ilie Sánchez". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  16. ^ a b c Kovzan, Sam (6 September 2018). "Mutual love: Why Ilie Sanchez and Kansas City have become the perfect match". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  17. ^ Kovzan, Sam (25 September 2017). "Sporting KC midfielder Ilie obtains U.S. green card, no longer occupies international spot on roster". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  18. ^ a b Kovzan, Sam (29 June 2018). "Sporting KC midfielder Ilie Sanchez named to roster for 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  19. ^ Tolmich, Ryan (21 February 2019). "Atlanta United upset by Herediano while Sporting KC rolls past Toluca". Goal. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  20. ^ Greenstein, Melissa (14 March 2019). "Sporting Kansas City reaches Champions League semifinals". KSHB-TV. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  21. ^ "Penalty kick allows Timbers to draw with SKC". ESPN. 30 September 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  22. ^ Kovzan, Sam (23 August 2021). "Benny Feilhaber appointed as Sporting KC academy U-17 head coach". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  23. ^ Bogert, Tom (30 November 2021). "Who's in, who's out? 18 MLS clubs announce roster decisions following 2021 season". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  24. ^ "LAFC signs free agent midfielder Ilie Sánchez". Los Angeles FC. 12 January 2022. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  25. ^ "Ilie: Ilie Sánchez Farrés". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Ilie". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  27. ^ "Ilie » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  28. ^ "Updated 2022 MLS All-Star Team Roster". Major League Soccer. 10 August 2022. Retrieved 10 August 2022.

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