Bayern Munich, USMNT defender Richards joins Hoffenheim on mortgage

Bayern Munich, USMNT defender Richards joins Hoffenheim on mortgage

USMNT defender Chris Richards has joined Hoffenheim from Bayern Munich on a six-month mortgage deal.

Richards, 20, has made three top-flight appearances for Bundesliga champions Bayern this season, and just lately featured for his or her reserves in 3. Liga.

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The defender was on the bench for Bayern’s 4-1 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday, and now joins them on mortgage for the remainder of the season.

“I am wanting ahead to taking the subsequent steps in my growth in Hoffenheim. It is essential I decide up extra match apply within the Bundesliga now. I’ve large objectives and I would wish to progress at FC Bayern,” he mentioned.

Richards joined Bayern from FC Dallas in a everlasting deal in January 2019 and earned his first Bundesliga begin within the 4-Three win in opposition to Hertha Berlin on Oct. 4 — changing into the primary American to begin a Bundesliga match for Bayern within the 120-year historical past of the membership — and has gone on to make seven appearances in all competitions this season.

He made his USMNT debut in opposition to Panama in November and might play within the centre of defence and at right-back. The transfer to Hoffenheim sees him reunited with former Bayern reserve team supervisor Sebastian Hoeness.

Hoffenheim are 12th within the Bundesliga and have various defenders out injured with Kevin Akpoguma, Benjamin Hübner and Ermin Bicakcic all sidelined.

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