The USMNT’s top young defensive prospect Chris Richards is set to depart Bayern Munich on loan, according to Sky Sports Germany. The 20-year-old centerback will join Hoffenheim for at least the rest of the season in order to try and get some consistent professional minutes under his belt.

Richards made his Bundesliga and USMNT debuts all within the last 12 months and appears to be one of the centerbacks of the future for Gregg Berhalter’s outfit. Despite making three appearances for Bayern this season and performing very well, the reigning champions have a plethora of defensive options now that everyone has returned to full fitness. Going out on loan to a lower-table Bundesliga side seems like the most logical step for Richards’ career progression and development.