FC Dallas defender Justin Che: American players can compete, thrive in Europe

Certainly one of six FC Dallas homegrowns who joined Bayern Munich for a coaching stint earlier this offseason, 17-year-old defender Justin Che impressed sufficient to safe a loan to the reigning Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League winners by way of June 2021.

Whereas the US youth international awaits his MLS debut, he positioned on last year’s USL League One All-League First Team after that includes for North Texas SC, FCD’s reserve side. Now, he is ready to chop against stigmas that generally accompany Individuals taking part in abroad. 

“There may be the stereotype of American soccer compared to European soccer,” Che said in an American Soccer Now interview with Brian Sciaretta. “Sure, top European soccer is best. However there’s additionally some players in America that may compete with European soccer, if not be higher. I undoubtedly thought I showcased a few of that.

“The model of play is quick. The players rising up right here, they come up the place method and composure and precision is a big factor on the ball. That is why you type of see the distinction between the top leagues and in different leagues throughout the world.”

Che signed a deal with FC Dallas in October 2020 by way of 2023 with a membership possibility for 2024, so he’s clearly a prospect that the MLS side charges extremely. He’s additionally the second FC Dallas player to join Bayern through their Elite Player Growth partnership, following within the footsteps of US males’s national team defender Chris Richards, who’s now on loan at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Trying long-term, Che isn’t precisely certain the place his future lies. He may impress sufficient to earn a everlasting move abroad or return to FC Dallas this summer season and battle for enjoying time.

“We’ll see what the future holds,” Che said. “I do not suppose it is my decision. It’s extra of Dallas’ decision and Bayern’s decision. I’m going if I’m going back or if I stay right here, I will continue working hard and discover myself or discover a path that results in a vivid future and taking part in on the highest level.”

For extra from Che, examine out the full American Soccer Now story right here.

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