TSG Hoffenheim have signed 18-year-old FC Dallas defender Justin Che on loan until the 2022-23 season with an option to make the transfer permanent, the clubs announced on Friday. Dallas also confirmed the academy graduate has signed a new contract through 2025 with an option for an additional year.
Che spent the first half of 2021 in Germany, joining Bayern Munich for a training camp in January before joining the club’s reserve squad on loan in February. He returned to Dallas in June, making 15 appearances, including 12 starts.
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The defender has received two call-ups from the United States, although he has yet to make his senior debut for the USMNT. He represented the USA Under-16 and Under-20 teams, making four appearances.
Che will join Dallas Academy graduate Chris Richards at Hoffenheim. The 21-year-old followed a similar path to Che, joining Bayern on loan from Dallas, but signed permanently with the Bavarians before being sent to Hoffenheim on loan in February 2021 to work under the former Bayern II coach Sebastian Hoeness.
Hoffenheim sit fourth in the Bundesliga table and will be next in action on Saturday, when they host Borussia Dortmund. (9:20 a.m. ET, stream live on ESPN+).