Chris Richards thinks the USMNT's young essence is sufficiently capable of contending at the most elevated level throughout the following five years.
The young U.S. men's national team center-back is resolved to be a part of the team that brings the first men's World Cup trophy to the United States.
Richards is a member of USMNT's promising and young squad, which highlights Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Sergino Dest, Tyler Adams, and Gio Reyna.
With that youthful team getting ready for 2022 and, eventually, a 2026
on home soil, Richards says the current squad has grand purposes and aspirations of joining the world's tip top.
"We want to win every game and every tournament we are in but being able to play on our home soil in 2026 is something that gives us this extra motivation," Richards toldthe Guardian
. "We want to make history by bringing the first World Cup back."
Richards moved to Bayern in 2018 as a loanee from
before that loan deal was made lasting.
His first Bayern appearances came in pre-season games against Juventus and Manchester City in 2018, and he consistently rose beyond expectations prior to his first competitive match for the Bavarians last June.
Richards represented Bayern's outfit in eight games prior to being loaned to Hoffenheim; for now, he is discovering his feet in theBundesliga
; Richards glances back at his "welcome to Europe" moment, which includes a lesson from
"You know he's going to go left, you've seen him through his whole career so I think: 'OK, let me push him to his right'," the 20-year-old said.
"So he makes one move to his right and back to his left and he's past you. You think: 'Ah, I've just got chopped up by Arjen Robben,' and then you think that he's done this to the best defenders in the world for years.
"You can't look at it in awe. You realise that you have a job to do and so you try not to be such a fanboy the next time. It was a big learning curve for me, playing against Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery. It's something you can't prepare for. You just have to dive in headfirst."