Projecting United States Men’s National Team 26-Man Roster For 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Center-Back: Chris Richards (Bayern Munich)

The 22-year-old by way of Birmingham, Ala. is the most talented center-back within the pool. Richards has the size and physicality requisite for the position. He’s also quite technical — possessing the ability to play the ball with either foot. He was on loan at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last year. Parent club Bayern Munich is reportedly wanting to use Richards this year in some capacity — though he’s drawing interest from Southampton, Crystal Palace, and (again) Hoffenheim. He should be a locked-in starter next to Walker Zimmerman in Qatar. His ceiling is considerably high.

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