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Report: Chris Richards joins Bayern Munich for $1.5 million


Chris Richards impressed with Bayern Munich’s U-19 team on loan and now he has reportedly completed a full transfer to the German giants.

According to Goal, Bayern has signed the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team defender for $1.5 million. The deal could rise to $2 million which also includes a 40% sell-on clause, according to the report. It will ensure that FC Dallas receives additional compensation if Bayern goes on to sell Richards.

Richards joined Bayern last summer but first played with the senior squad at the International Champions Cup in matches against Manchester City, Juventus, and PSG.

With Bayern’s U-19 side, Richards has earned consistent playing time in the backline. He has been a strong aerial threat while learning from several stars at the Bundesliga club.

Richards is the second player with MLS ties who joined Bayern, with Alphonso Davies signing last July and officially joining in December.

He also joins several U.S. U-20 MNT products who have already moved to Germany. Sebastian Soto, Chris Gloster, Alex Mendez, Brady Scott are also fighting for places in respective first teams overseas.


  1. I always hear of sell on clauses, but percentages are never shown. Anyone know if 40% is normal? Seems like a bad deal for BM. If after years in Bayern he turns into something why would they be willing to give up almost half of any future sale?

  2. You guys are ignoring the past to get excited about the future and very much seem to want ML S NOT to be a part of that. THAT is why the US isn’t dominating on the global stage…not the reverse

      • What he is saying is that a domestic league producing and playing young Americans and older Americans also, is the way to create a strong national team. When Germany wins a World Cup, their club teams are also winning champions league. Same with spain, Italy, and every other country that has won a World Cup. Maybe you can point to France as the exception, but they won at home, and I don’t know if you notice, but PSG is a super team now.

  3. and now an assistant who also has European experience, although I won’t get too caught up in who the assistants are like some people seem to be on other threads

  4. Pinch me, I must be dreaming, but we certainly have a lot of young players with top teams now.If only half of them pan out, the future for the national team still looks pretty bright. And, maybe to beat a dead horse, showing why having a coach familiar with MLS isn’t all that important going forward. The future for the USMNT is to be found in Europe.


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