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U.S. U-19 midfielder Taylor Booth joins Bayern Munich


Another Real Salt Lake product is headed to Germany.

Taylor Booth will be joining fellow MLS products Alphonso Davies and Chris Richards at Bayern Munich after signing a three-and-a-half year contract with the German giants on Thursday.

Booth is currently a member of USA’s U-19 side and represented his nation in the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India.

The 17-year-old has been on Bayern’s radar for some time and was finally captured thanks to Taylor Booth recently picking up a European passport.

“We see a lot of potential in Taylor. He is a talented young player, and we look forward to working with him to develop his talent further,” said FC Bayern Campus Manager Jochen Sauer in the club’s official press release.

“I’m very happy with this next step in my career,” said Booth. “FC Bayern is one of the largest clubs in the world. Being here in Munich at the FC Bayern campus and taking the next steps in my development makes me very proud.”

Booth joins Hannover 96’s Sebastian Soto and PSV Eindhoven’s Richard Ledezma who have made the leap from RSL’s academy to Europe in the past year.


  1. It’s an exciting time for US Soccer. We have a lot of young talent signing in Europe for clubs with proven track records. While it would be great to field a US Team comprised of 1st team players for clubs like Bayern, PSG, Chelsea, PSV, BVB, etc….it’s not a requirement.
    Even if some of these guys never progress for their parent clubs 1st team, they are getting first rate training and development and can still become major contributors for the USMNT in the future.
    2022 may be too soon for some of these guys, but things are really looking positive for the 2026 cycle….
    Robinson & Booth – Bayern, Pulisic – Chelsea, Weah – PSG, Ledezma – PSV, Dest – Ajax, McKennie, Taitague, Wright – Schalke, EPB & Steffen – Man City, CCV – Tottenham, De La Fuente – Barca

    Add in the guys at mid-table clubs and players who haven’t had a chance to move to Europe yet and things look very bright for 2026.

  2. With all the American exports to Bayern in recent days, I wonder if Donovan will come out of retirement for the umpteenth time and have a re-trial there.

    • FYI, Donovan just signed a contract to play indoor soccer with the San Diego Sockers, his local team. He is now living in the San Diego area because his wife is from there.


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