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Bayern signs US defender, Richards

By News desk

The German football giant, FC Bayern, has secured the services of United State (US) youngster, Chris Richards, for four and half years.

Richards, who initially came to Bayern on loan from FC Dallas half a year ago, inked a four-and-a-half-year contract with the German record champions through 30 June 2023.

The centre-back joined the Campus last summer and played for the U-19s under the watchful eyes of Sebastian Hoeneß.

Richards, who has played 21 times for USA U-20 and scored two goal, is strong in the air, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, learned the trade mainly at the youth academy of MLS club FC Dallas.

FC Bayern Campus director, Jochen Sauer, while reacting over acquisition of the 18-year-old defender, expressed delight that his inclusion would boost the team’s chances in future.

Sauer said: “We are delighted we and FC Dallas have agreed on Chris’s transfer. Chris has given a good account of himself here over the last half year, and we’re confident he will continue to develop very well at FC Bayern. We see a lot of potential in him.”

Earlier, the defender described the contract as realization of a dream he had nursed while as a kid learning the game.

“I always dreamed of playing at a big club in Europe one day. Now I’ve actually joined one of the top clubs. I’m really very happy,” the 18-year-old said after inking the contract.

The Texans are one of the few pro clubs in the US to train their own youth players. “FC Dallas stand for the excellent promotion of talent and are ideal partners for us,” Jörg Wacker, FC Bayern München AG board member for internationalisation and strategy, said when the partnership was announced last spring.

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