Bayern Munich have secured the loan signing of promising FC Dallas youngster Justin Che until the end of the current season. The 17-year-old was one of the seven FC Dallas players who trained with the club’s academy for three weeks in January.
Che was able to agree to a loan deal until June 2021 because he is a dual American and German national. He is mostly a center-back, but can also be deployed at right-back.
“In Chris Richards we’ve already had an excellent experience with a young player from our partner club,” said Bayern Campus director Jochen Sauer in a club statement.
“Justin is a young centre-back with a lot of potential, and he demonstrated that recently in training. We’re planning for him to join our U19 squad initially, but he’ll also get the chance to show what he can do in the reserve side. We’re very excited to see how he’ll develop with us over the coming months.”
📰 FC Dallas has loaned Homegrown Justin Che to @FCBayernUS.
Che is the second FC Dallas Homegrown to join FC Bayern on loan since the Elite Player Development partnership was formed three years ago.
— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) February 12, 2021
Che is the second homegrown FC Dallas player, after Chris Richards, to join the Bundesliga giants. The talented defender joined the FC Dallas Academy in 2009, and made his professional debut on July 25, 2020, with North Texas Soccer Club.
He was named to the USL League One All-League First team and picked up a nomination for the league’s Young Player of the Year following his breakout season with North Texas SC.
“For me, it’s an amazing experience that can change my future,” Che told FCDallas.com.
“It’s a big step for me where I can learn a lot from some of the best players and coaches out there. They can teach me a lot of things in my position, as a player and as a person in general.”
“It’s important to highlight what a great partner Bayern has been to allow our players to have an experience training with one of the top clubs in the world,” said FC Dallas’ Technical Director André Zanotta.
“In Justin’s case, we wanted to see how Bayern would evaluate him and see his tools and progression in his career. And the feedback was that we got was extremely positive and they asked us if they could have Justin on loan.”