United States Under-20 defender Justin Che is returning to FC Dallas after German team Hoffenheim decided not to make his loan move permanent.
The Bundesliga club said Tuesday the 19-year-old Che already bid goodbye to his teammates after the 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on May 6. Che didn’t feature as he wasn’t in the squad.
Che made two Bundesliga appearances as a substitute for Hoffenheim last season, but just one substitute appearance in the German Cup. He also played 24 times for Hoffenheim’s reserve team.
The club said it gave him permission to leave for the U20 World Cup in Argentina, which begins on May 20. Che was included on that team last week.
Hoffenheim also said Eduardo Quaresma was returning to Sporting Lisbon after he made just four league appearances for the team this season.
“Justin and Eduardo are talented guys with great character who have both repeatedly shown promise,” Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen said. “However, we agree with the players that they need regular playing time at this stage of their careers to develop continuously. We can’t guarantee them that with us.”