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MLS news roundup: Bayern Munich as All-Star opposition, Mike Magee’s Irish roots and more

Nov 25, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

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According to reports from the Munich Evening News and first relayed on our shores at Soccer By Ives, Bayern Munich may be Major League Soccer’s primary target for All-Star opposition in 2014. The game site has already been set: Portland’s Jeld-Wen Field.

(Don’t forget, as we told you a while back, Jeld-Wen might … just mightbe a little larger in the future.)

The league has flirted with the idea of importing Bayern for years, but scheduling has made the Bavarian giant elusive. What better time, though, as Bayern enjoys its time as kings of Europe, now blessed with one of the world’s most respected managers in Pep Guardiola.

Past All-Star opposition has come from Mexico, England (most often), Scotland and Italy – but Germany would be a first.

Young D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, long a U.S. national team camper, is training in England at West Brom for the time being. National team boss Jurgen Klinsmann encourages these training spells; Hamid is apparently listening.

Big Apple Soccer says that Roy Miller could soon sign an extension to stay around Red Bull Arena a while longer. He’s not exactly a club favorite – but his relative popularity is a bit of a bum rap. And at the right price, he’s a handy figure to have around.

Credit Jeff Bradley from for unearthing this one: MLS Cup 2013 will be the league’s first championship match decided between two managers who once played in the league. Kansas City’s Peter Vermes and Real Salt Lake’s Jason Kreis were once on the playing side. Vermes was with three different clubs, finishing at Kansas City in 2002; Kreis spent most of his  year’s (and became the first MLS man to amass 100 goals while …) at Dallas, then finished his striker days at RSL.

Finally, this: Mike Magee has not been able to elbow his way into the national team scene under Jurgen Klinsmann, never mind his breakout, 21-goal season. But might he soon become “Irish international Mike Magee?” It could happen.

There’s a lot that needs to happen here, but LA Galaxy blogger Adam Serrano says StubHub Center teammate Robbie Keane is advocating the bit. Magee has Irish ancestry.

The story originally came out of an Irish publication, where Keane (pictured above) delivered some other hot soccer opinions. Like this one on artificial turf: “They hate me over there [in the United States] for talking about them, because I can’t stand them to be honest with you. They’re not good for you in the long run.”

No, Robbie! Seriously, who hates you for saying that? Not the fans, that’s for sure.

  1. herogoesallin - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Bayern Munich wants to open an office in New York to enter the US market. This is in the news now for serveral weeks. Not mentioned in is the article. For Munich this is about as important as for the MLS. THIS WILL HAPPEN!!!

    • charliej11 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      All of these guys trying to break into the US market. But what are they really offering and after.

      They are after money, of course, whether it be cheaper US players, or your eyeballs on their product.

      What are they offering ? A chance to watch their league, which is better quality, but not competitive like MLS…but if they are after the US players, the US players that make up MLS, how much better are they thinking the quality will be ?

      • bear06 - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        Lol Wut? Why would they be after the US players? None of them atm are even good enough to make the bench at the best club in the world, and this is coming from a U.S. MNT fan. There is one really talented American kid named Julian Green that just signed a 4 year pro contract with Bayern Munich, so that’s really good to see and hopefully he does end up playing for the U.S. instead of Germany.

  2. hildezero - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    I think it’s a little too late for Magee to play for the Republic Of Ireland. He’s old now.

  3. charliej11 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    We do hate you Keane and I have never heard you talk about the turf.

    Glad you signed with LA for a few more years, so I can hate you for a while longer.

  4. hildezero - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Not competitive like MLS? MLS is one of the most competitive leagues in the world!

    • mdac1012 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Hil, re-read that again, Charlie IS saying that MLS is competitive.

  5. herogoesallin - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    guys you must be crazy to think that the mls is product you can “sell” in europe, africa or asia. ask an european soccer fan, if they know one mls team name….and they probably say new york cosmos or ask you in return, “they have a soccer league in the US”.

  6. hildezero - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Oh, okay I see now. I misread. My bad.

  7. footballer4ever - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    @ hildezero

    How could you? 😀

  8. hildezero - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM


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