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Report: Bayern Munich to buy American teen from FC Dallas

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FC Dallas teen Chris Richards’ loan to Bayern Munich is going very well.

The 18-year-old American center back has impressed the Bundesliga giants and is set for a $1.25 million move overseas, according to Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep.

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Richards has made 19 appearances in the Bayern system, including five in the UEFA Youth League, and has two goals and an assist.

The Alabama-born Homegrown defender would be the second FC Dallas prospect to move abroad, joining Weston McKennie.

NYCFC signs second Homegrown Player in history

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Four years, two Homegrowns.

That’s the decent track record for New York City FC, which has spotted a second youngster from amongst its ranks in 15-year-old Joe Scally.

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Scally joins United States youth international James Sands as Homegrown Players from NYCFC. Here’s USMNT legend and NYCFC technical director Claudio Reyna:

“Joe has been one of the top performers in the Academy for the past few seasons and represented US Soccer at U-15 and U-17 level.”

“He has all of the attributes we look for in a right-back: he’s strong in defense and can support in attack to help create chances from wide areas.”

Sands was signed last summer, and played 23 minutes for NYCFC against Colorado in his lone senior appearance.

Orlando Homegrown keeper battling bone cancer

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Orlando City SC goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar wants to be battling for playing time, and is instead squarely in the fight of his life.

Stajduhar, a U.S. U-18 and U-20 player, has been diagnosed with Localized Ewing Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, and begins treatment this week.

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Promising news: It’s an early diagnosis for Stajduhar, and the disease does have a strong survival rate. From OrlandoCitySC.com:

“Fortunately for Mason, we discovered this early, giving him a better chance for a cure and full recovery,” said Daryl Osbahr, MD, medical director for Orlando City SC and chief of sports medicine for Orlando Health. “We’re dedicated to working with Mason and his oncologists to fight his bone cancer and begin his road to recovery.”

All our best to Stajduhar, Orlando, and his family.

Who would make up an MLS Homegrown XI? A pretty impressive group

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Major League Soccer’s Homegrown rule is far from perfect, but it’s a decent base line to judge how far our domestic top flight has grown.

Given the talk about Alphonso Davies and Weston McKinnie amongst others, we thought we’d design a best squad culled from the academies of MLS (or at least those who’ve signed via the Homegrown Player system).

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It’s harder than many would think, given the misconceptions about the depth of MLS. The league has produced several strong goalkeepers to go with players who’ve gone on to spend time with Tottenham, Chelsea, Anderlecht, and Porto amongst others.

23-man roster

Goalkeepers: Tyler Deric (Houston), Jesse Gonzalez (Dallas), Bill Hamid (DC),

Backs: DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle), Matt Miazga (Red Bulls), Erik Palmer-Brown (KC), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Tommy Redding (Orlando), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto)

Midfielders: Andy Najar (DC United), Wil Trapp (Columbus), Shane O’Neill (Colorado), Russell Teibert (Vancouver), Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Scott Caldwell (New England), Harrison Shipp (Chicago), Victor Ulloa (Dallas), Kellyn Acosta (Dallas), Dillon Serna (Colorado), Diego Fagundez (New England), Sean Davis (Red Bulls)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (Red Bulls), Jordan Morris (Seattle), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

MLS Homegrown XI

This one’s trickier, thanks to a non-surprising dearth of left backs. That’s not an MLS problem, but a world problem.

So if you’ll allow us to use Kellyn Acosta at left back, a la the United States set-up, we’d be pretty happy. That keeps Tommy Redding as our awesome third center back and allows us to move Scott Caldwell into the XI.


Yedlin — Miazga — Glad —  Acosta

Caldwell — Trapp

Najar — Fagundez — Zardes


That’s actually one heck of a lineup, and a great sign that the top flight’s academies are following a fine path. American soccer, generationally, has seemingly been one cycle behind its fans’ expectations, but we imagine this XI is going to look downright filthy come 2025 or so.