• Position Defender
  • Number 4
  • Date of Birth Mar 28 2000
  • Hometown Birmingham, AL
  • Height 6' 3"
  • Club Crystal Palace (England)

Player Bio - Chris Richards

U.S. National Teams: An imposing presence on the back line, has picked up eight U-20 caps heading into the World Cup … Joined the USA at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship following the group stage as one of three roster changes, helping the U.S. to its second confederation title …  Started the USA’s tightest two victories at the tournament, a qualification round game vs. Honduras and the final vs. Mexico … Made his first U-20 appearance at Honduras in May 2018 … Prior to joining the U-20s, appeared with the U-19 MNT at the January 2018 Youth National Team Summit Camp, his first YNT call-up.

Professional: Joined Bayern Munich on Jan. 24, 2019 with a contract through 2023, transferring to the club after a six-month loan spell … Logged 1729 minutes with Bayern’s U-19 squad this season, making 21 appearances and scoring one goal … Appeared with the Bayern first team in all three of its friendly International Champions Cup matches during summer 2018, playing against Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Manchester City … Signed with FC Dallas as a Homegrown Player on April 12, 2018.

Youth: Spent two seasons in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy with FC Dallas and Texans SC Houston … Named Central Conference U-18/19 Player of the Year and earned Central Conference U-18/19 Best XI honors in 2018 … Took home the U-17/18 Academy Championship with Texans SC Houston in 2017 … Prior to joining the Academy, played with Birmingham United Soccer Association, winning one Alabama state championship … Kicked off his youth career with Hoover Soccer Club from U-5 to U-14, winning two Alabama state championships … Started playing soccer at age four.

Personal: Full name is Chris Jeffrey Richards … Nicknamed “Texas” … Played basketball from 6th to 11th grade, earning all-area honors twice … Also ran track … Dad played professional basketball overseas, sister plays volleyball and brother plays soccer and basketball … Proud owner of a dog named Zoe … Enjoys listening to music, sleeping and watching Netflix … Favorite soccer players are Jerome Boateng and Carles Puyol … Lists Michael Jordan as his biggest athletic inspiration … Greatest soccer moment was spending preseason with the Bayern first team … Favorite movies include Book of Eli, Black Panther and Coco … Favorite TV shows are Last Chance U and How to Get Away with Murder … Favorite video game is Call of Duty … Loves listening to Drake … Favorite food is chicken wings.