FC Dallas academy alum Chris Richards in FC Bayern Munich senior camp

With Bundesliga sides returning to work after the holiday season, Bayern Munich has announced its winter camp roster that includes former FC Dallas academy alum Chris Richards.

Now age 19, the 6-foot-2 defender signed a Homegrown Player contract with Dallas in April of 2018, moved to Bayern Munich on loan that summer and completed a permanent transfer in January of 2019.

He has been a regular for Bayern's reserves since the permanent transfer, making 15 3. Liga appearances — all starts — and scoring once. He also played in six matches of last year's UEFA Youth League for Bayern's U-19 side, and has also been a regular contributor for the US U-20 youth national team.

At the winter camp, Richards will join former Vancouver Whitecaps winger Alphonso Davies, who has evolved into a starting left back role for the senior team.

Richards isn't the first FCD alum to climb the Bundesliga ranks; US national team regular Weston McKennie was part of the team's academy before opting to sign with Schalke 04.

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