Bayern Munich and FC Dallas join forces at youth academy level
Bayern Munich and FC Dallas have joined forces at youth academy level in an attempt to unearth the next American soccer star.
The Bundesliga champions and Major League Soccer outfit have reached a comprehensive agreement at youth academy level which will see some of the brightest talents from either side of the pond given a chance to experience football outside of their comfort zone.
USA youth internationals Bryan Reynolds, Reggie Cannon and Paxton Pomykal attended a 10-day session at Bayern’s state-of-the-art training centre at Säbener Straße last December, and the latest agreement means that they will be far from the last, with German youth players also set to move in the other direction.
“This is a unique alliance between two historic teams at the forefront of youth development,” Bayern’s President of the Americas, Rudolf Vidal – no relation to current first-team star Arturo – told fcbayern.com. “We’re proud to announce this partnership with FC Dallas, who have pioneered professional soccer in the U.S. Working with them at this elite level will complement the extensive grassroots infrastructure we have helped create over the last few years in North America.”
The clubs will exchange coaching expertise as well as personnel. Twenty youth academy players now feature in Dallas’ senior squad – the highest proportion in the MLS – while Bayern currently boast Thomas Müller, David Alaba, Mats Hummels and Sandro Wagner as first-team regulars who graduated from their youth academy.