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Cameron Duke and Ulysses Llanez have arrived in Munich for a secret trial as the Bavarian giants continue their search for the next American starlet.

22 March 2018, Germany, Munich: The entrance to the FC Bayern Campus reads 'Campus'. The youth training centre is the athletic home of the A- to F- junior players as well as the women's team of the German record champion. Photo: Andreas Gebert/dpa
The entrance to the FC Bayern Campus.
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The Rekordmeister’s re-commitment to youth has resulted in a plethora of new signings and professional contracts. According to a new report, two more American youngsters, Cameron Duke and Ulysses Llanez of the LA Galaxy and Sporting KC respectively, have joined center-back Chris Richards on the wave of American talent being given the opportunity to impress at the Saebener Strasse.

According to Sport, the two young Americans have been flown to Munich for a secret trial.

As Bild reports, FC Bayern had Cameron Duke and Ulysses Llanez specially flown for to Munich for a trail. Both are currently training on the club’s Campus with Bayern Munich’s U19 team.

How long the two 17-year-old talents will stay in Germany is unknown. Duke, who was trained at Sporting Kansas City’s Academy, is at home in the midfield. Llanez, who has already played nine games for the LA Galaxy’s second team in the United Soccer League, is a striker. He is also a member of the U20 squad of the US national team.

Duke, Llanez, and Richards represent Bayern Munich’s desire to cast a wider net in search of youth talent. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic recently reaffirmed his commitment to youth development recently, promising roster spots to top prospects worthy of a place in the team.

As speculation surrounds fellow American Taylor Booth, Canadian Alphonso Davies, and Bayern have recently signed Dutch-product Joshua Zirkzee and Swedish wonderkid Alex Timossi Andersson, the youth movement is in full effect in the Bavarian capital. Whether this movement adopts a decidedly American swagger remains to be seen, but Die Roten have not let their experience with Julian Green and Landon Donovan deter them in their search for the next Christian Pulisic or Weston McKennie.

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