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FC Bayern signs second FC Dallas player on loan

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German champions FC Bayern have announced the loan signing of FC Dallas defender Justin Che until June 2021. The 17-year-old Richardson, Texas native will initially join the club’s U19 side.

The signing comes after his training experience with FC Bayern as part of the club’s Elite Player Development partnership with founding Major League Soccer member, FC Dallas. The comprehensive partnership offers players within their professional academies a pathway to soccer both in the United States and Germany.

“With Chris Richards, we have had excellent experiences with talent from our partner club. Justin is a young central defender with a lot of potential, as he recently showed in training. We are initially planning to have him in our U19 squad, but Justin will also have the opportunity to prove himself in training with the amateurs. We are very excited to see how Justin will develop over the next few months,” said FC Bayern Academy Director Jochen Sauer after the last-minute deal.

Justin Che is the second young player to join FC Bayern on loan since the Elite Player Development partnership was formed three years ago. In July 2018, Richards joined FC Bayern on loan before signing with the European powerhouse in January 2019. He made his first team Bundesliga debut in June 2020 and is currently on loan to Hoffenheim.