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MLS announces Bayern Munich as opponent for 2014 All-Star Game in Portland

Dec 12, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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Huge coup for Major League Soccer who have lined up an absolute unicorn of an opponent for this summer’s All-Star game in Portland, Oregon.

Bayern freaking Munich!

You heard you. UEFA Champions League title holders. Bundesliga champions. DFB-Pokal cup. UEFA Super Cup winners.

That’s one better than a treble, my friends. Those kinds of beautiful babies don’t just stroll into town every day.

And to have that match in Portland, Oregon?


The city. The club. The soccer. The beer. Timbers Army. The coffee. Foodcarts. Chicks with chainsaws.

What’s not to love?

The match, to be held on August 6th at JELD-WEN Field, will mark the first time a Bundesliga club has played in the league’s summer showcase.

Justifiably, Don Garber’s stoke meter was high: “The AT&T MLS All-Star Game is one of the premier soccer events on the North American sports calendar,” the Commish said.

He continued: “We are pleased that Bayern Munich, one of the most prominent and successful clubs in the world, will be part of our All-Star celebration. This will be the first MLS special event in Portland since the Timbers joined the League in 2011.

“One of the great stories in Major League Soccer over the last number of years has been the enormous fan passion, civic support and stadium atmosphere in Portland. We look forward to showcasing this phenomenon to the rest of the world.”

The game, which will be televised live in more than 130 countries worldwide, will be the 11th international club match in the last 19 years.

Munich boss Pep Guardiola said in a statement: “It’s an honor for us to be the first German club to play the MLS All-Star Game. MLS is experiencing great development and we are very much looking forward to compete against the best players of MLS.”

Bayern could add yet another title on December 17th when they contest the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

Past clubs to challenge the MLS All-Stars include Guadalajara, Fulham, Chelsea (2), Celtic, West Ham United, Everton, Manchester United (2) and Roma.

  1. hildezero - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Speaking about Germans in America. There are some reports of Klinsi extended his contract with US Soccer today! Yeah!

  2. lavatomy - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I still remember when Bayern Munich came to play RBNY at the old Giants Stadium. For some odd reason the game was scheduled at noon on a Sunday so it must have been about 50 of us in the supporters section and probably a grand total of about 1,000 people at the 80,000 seat stadium. Good times though as RBNY won the game and I got pictures with Roy Makaay and Claudio Pizarro.

    • bear06 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:39 AM

      What year did this happen? It had to be around the early to mid 2000’s, right?

  3. danielofthedale - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I know it will never happen but I love the idea of the MLS All-Stars vs. a Liga MX All-Star team.

  4. footballer4ever - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    MLS has played well against other football clubs at the MLS All-Star, but i hope the Bayern Munich, the German Football Club, does not make it a slaughterhouse at Jeld Wen Stadium.

    • jdfsquared - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      That’s the conundrum with this event, isn’t it? Because it falls in the summer time, a downtime for US sports and world football alike, it’s probably the most globally (and domestically) visible MLS event of the year. So MLS puts together an ad hoc team with one or two practices and pits them against a full-fledged, elite club team (admittedly in preseason form). Is this the best way to showcase MLS quality? I don’t think so. I’d like to see the playoffs and MLS Cup happen during the late summer months, so we can, you know, find it on TV.

  5. godsholytrousers - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    1. I hate the all-star game idea, a relic of the founding of the league when we were unsure of the formula for success in the American sports marketplace (like the countdown clock).
    2. If you are going to keep the all-star game (which MLS obviously is) THIS is the way to do it. It doesn’t matter if the Bavarians smash our faces in, there is nobody that make a bigger splash than Hollywood FC.

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