FC Bayern München and Los Angeles FC, the MLS champions, have decided to collaborate on the development of potential young players.
FC Bayern München and the Los Angeles Football Club, champions of Major League Soccer, will work together to nurture new potential. To that goal, the two clubs have formed a joint company (Red&Gold Football) with headquarters in Munich. The management team will get announcement shortly. The goal of the collaboration is to develop worldwide talent for their own teams and professional football, as well as in collaboration with partner clubs.
“Our collaboration with the Los Angeles Football Club allows us to develop potential on a global scale inside our own system,” stated Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. “Our campus, which is still at the core of FC Bayern’s youth development, will benefit as well. In the future, we will be able to give our young players a more personalised career path, resulting in a smoother transition into our professional teams and professional soccer. As a result, FC Bayern is more appealing as a young development club.”
Bayern made a similar deal with FC Dallas, another MLS team, in 2018. Chris Richards’ development was a direct outcome of their relationship, and the defender, who is presently with Crystal Palace after a loan spell at Hoffenheim, is now a full USA international. Justin Che, who is presently at Hoffenheim, is another Dallas academy alumnus who has profited from the Bayern link.
In 2022, LAFC, which was created in 2014, won the MLS title for the first time. The lineup includes numerous known names, including top scorer Carlos Vela and Giorgio Chiellini. Steven Cherundolo, who played 302 Bundesliga games for Hannover between 1998 and 2014 and is still a member of the Bundesliga Legends network, coaches the club.