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Bayern Munich and LAFC start a joint program for youth development

Bayern Munich is looking to take advantage of the progress made by Major League Soccer (MLS) with the upcoming 2026 World Cup set to take place mainly in the United States.

Bayern Munich and Los Angeles FC have collaborated to enhance the development of young players for both teams through a joint venture named “Red&Gold Football”.

The agreement aims to develop players for both clubs internationally and is based in Munich. Oliver Kahn, the chief executive of Bayern Munich, said that the partnership with LAFC would enable Bayern to stay competitive with their European rivals.

Kahn tells of an agreement between Bayern Munich and LAFC

Additionally, he believes that the quality improvements in MLS will benefit the German team.

“On an international level, soccer is developing rapidly, which is also evident in the transfer market,” Kahn told the club’s website. 

“We see this partnership as an opportunity to strengthen FC Bayern in the sporting competition with the best clubs in Europe and the Bundesliga


“The fact that the 2026 World Cup will largely take place in the United States, where we already have an office in New York, makes Los Angeles even more attractive. 

“I expect a boost in quality and young talent in Major League Soccer, which will have a positive impact on our partnership.”

LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said: “A partnership of this magnitude is the next step in our evolution as a club. We are extremely excited to work together with FC Bayern to identify and develop young talent in Southern California and beyond.

“We believe this relationship will provide players throughout our systems with the ability to maximize their potential and see a clear pathway to first-team football.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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