Official: Bayern Munich sign US star Taylor Booth

MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 27: Supporters of Bayern Munich show a choreography prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and VfB Stuttgart at Allianz Arena on January 27, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

American teenager Taylor Booth has joined Bayern Munich on a three-and-half-year contract from MLS side Real Salt Lake.

The 17-year-old has left Real Salt Lake’s academy and will start out the next chapter of his young career with Bayern’s U-19 team after spending some time training at Dallas with the U-23s.

Booth, who comes from Utah, is a central midfielder who has represented the United States youth teams at international level up to the U-19s.

Despite not being of age yet, Booth has allegedly acquired a European passport and will be allowed to move to Germany before he turns 18 in May.

“I’m very happy with this next step in my career,” Booth told the club website. “FC Bayern is one of the largest clubs in the world.

“Being here in Munich at the FC Bayern campus and taking the next steps in my development makes me very proud. ”

Bayern Campus Manager Jochen Sauer added: “We see a lot of potential in Taylor. He is a talented young player, and we look forward to working with him to develop his talent further.”

Booth is the third young American star Bayern have signed in the past 12 months as the German club look to rebuild a side capable of challenging for major honours in the future.

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