American defender Chris Richards made his competitive debut for Bayern Munich, entering in the 84th minute of a 3-1 home win over Freiburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga.
The 20-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama signed with Major League Soccer’s Dallas franchise in April 2018, was loaned to Bayern for the 2018-19 season and signed with Bayern in January 2019, a deal through the 2022-23 season. He made his professional competitive debut last August with third-tier Bayern Munich II.
Richards started five matches for the U.S. at last year’s Under-20 World Cup.
He replaced Javi Martínez in Bayern’s next-to-last league match of the season and became the first American to play for Bayern Munich since midfielder Landon Donovan in 2009.
Bayern had clinched its eighth straight league title on Tuesday.
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