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Official: Bayern Munich’s Chris Richards leaves for loan assignment with Hoffenheim

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Bayern Munich prospect Chris Richards will head to Hoffenheim in hopes of getting more field time.

FC Bayern München II Team Presentation Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

In a move that has been anticipated for days, Bayern Munich prospect Chris Richards will head to Hoffenheim on a loan assignment.

While no official details were released by the clubs, the term of the loan is expected to be six months and there likely is no “option-to-buy” unless there was a late-breaking change in the agreement between the clubs:

Richards is a natural center-back, who was also used as a right-back with Bayern Munich’s senior-team. The Birmingham, Alabama native is most known for his skillful defending and deft passing ability, often drawing comparisons to Jerome Boateng.

The move should be viewed as a positive for the young American, who has an incredible amount of talent. With former Bayern Munich II manager Sebastian Hoeneß at the helm, Richards will be working under a boss he is familiar with and who will know exactly how to help Richards continue to evolve as a player.