Bayern Munich youth player Chris Richards was selected to the United States team for the U-20 World Cup that will take place in Poland. The competition kicks off on May 23rd, and the United States team will see its first action on May 24th when it faces Ukraine. After that, the team will play Nigeria (May 27th) and Qatar (May 30th) to finish off the group stage.
Richards, a 19-year-old center-back who was signed by Bayern from FC Dallas in January after a loan stint, was called up to the U-20 squad back in March for games against France and Japan and was impressive during that time.
Two years of hard work leading up to *this* moment. The U-20 @FIFAWorldCup kicks off May 23 in . Roster » https://t.co/SwBSxpOdgn pic.twitter.com/IAaNEKLrie— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) May 10, 2019
Richards has totaled 26 appearances and has tallied two goals and an assist across competitions for Bayern’s U-19 squad during this campaign. Overall, Richards has played 2,209 minutes in Germany this season. Richards has also occasionally been called up to Bayern II (sometimes referred to as the Bayern Amateurs or Bayern U-23), but he has yet to make an appearance at that level.
Richards, whose journey to Bavaria was captured in our three-part series earlier this year, has seen his stock take a meteoric rise as he progressed from Hoover, Alabama, to Texans SC, to FC Dallas, to a loan at Bayern Munich, culminating in a permanent deal with Die Roten.