Chris Richards will be with Bayern first team for its final run for the 2019-20 Champions League season.
He was called up as a replacement for French World Cup championBenjamin
Pavard, who is injured.
The 20-year-old Alabaman made his Bundesliga debut on the day Bayern clinched its eighth straight league title. He spent most of the season with Bayern Munich
II, which won the 3. Liga title as the only second team in the third tier of German soccer.
Richards played part of the 3. Liga season at right back, Pavard’s position, but he was mostly
used at center back, where he played for the USA at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup.
CoachHansi Flick‘s likely move to replace Pavard will be to shiftJoshua Kimmichto right back, where he started for two seasons before moving to
midfield, where he was one of the outstanding players in Bayern’s title run. Another option is little-used SpaniardAlvaro Odriozola, on loan from Real Madrid.
Two teenagers were
called up to the first team for the remainder of the 2019-20 Champions League campaign: 17-year-old English-GermanBright Arrey-Mbiand 18-year-old German-AmericanMalik Tillman.