Richards, a center back, replaced Javi Martinez for the Bundesliga champions after making 27 appearances this season with Bayern’s reserves. The 20-year-old was a key player at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup as the US made the quarterfinals.
Originally from Alabama, Richards signed a Homegrown Player contract with FC Dallas in April 2018. He was eventually transferred to Bayern in January 2019, with the German powerhouse side also home to Vancouver Whitecaps export Alphonso Davies.
It was only a six-minute appearance (plus stoppage time) from Richards, but it’s an encouraging sign nonetheless. He previously made Bayern's matchday roster for a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen last Tuesday.
With his debut, Chris Richards becomes just the 4th American to feature for Bayern Munich in their 120 year history. He joins Julian Green, Landon Donovan, and Wolfgang Suhnholz.— Future USMNT (@FutureUsmnt) June 20, 2020
He is the only American defender to ever feature for the German giants. pic.twitter.com/jFIDvXstUx
Chris Richards is just the third American in last 50 years who has played for a league champion in a big 5 European league. The others? Thomas Dooley (Kaiserslautern, 1991), Tim Weah (PSG, 2018, 2019).— Paul Kennedy (@pkedit) June 20, 2020