Bayern Munich has announced earlier today (via FCBayern.com) that their Under-23 side will play in a friendly against FC Dallas on Saturday, February 9th in Frisco, Texas. Bayern’s U-23’s will be in Frisco for their week long training camp, which will be rounded out by the friendly against FC Dallas in what will be one of the first collaborative matches between the two clubs since their partnership was announced back in February of 2018.
FC Bayern Munich’s President of the Americas, Rudolf Vidal, expressed his delight for the occasion and said it’s a positive step forward in the youth development for both clubs:
We are delighted to announce this fixture, which marks another big step in our unique partnership. Our partnership has already seen success with five FC Dallas players training in Munich and the loan signing of Chris Richards, showcasing our commitment to giving young players a pathway to professional soccer both in the United States and Germany.
Richards has been back in Munich for a little over a week now, but official news has not yet been released as to whether or not Bayern have bought him on a permanent basis after his loan spell with FC Dallas has ended.
FC Dallas’s head coach, Luchi Gonzalez is also looking forward to the opportunity and knows his players are as well:
We’re thrilled to host Bayern Munich at Toyota Soccer Center in February as we prepare our first team for the 2019 season. This is a phenomenal opportunity for our players to develop their chemistry and get minutes against an outstanding opponent.
The feeling is mutual, too, as Holger Seitz, head coach of Bayern’s U23’s echoed his excitement at the opportunity for his side to train and play in Dallas:
We are looking forward to the week in Dallas and especially to the match against FC Dallas. For our players, the experience of playing against a team of many local U.S. talents is very attractive and a good test.
Tickets for the friendly match are already on sale and they will be free for season-ticket members, while it will be $10 for general admission.