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MLS All Stars show well in 2-1 win vs Bayern Munich (video highlights)

Aug 6, 2014, 11:50 PM EDT

Landon Donovan and Bradley Wright-Phillips gave the MLS All Stars a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Bayern Munich in Wednesday night’s friendly at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.

The game was a very good showcase for the league, and a fun viewing (even for neutrals without a stake in the league or the Bavarians). Be sure to check back on this site all night, as Richard Farley is on the scene in Portland.

The end of the game brought drama, as Pep Guardiola and the Bayern staff refused to shake the hand of MLS coach Caleb Porter.

[ WATCH: Porter gets the cold shoulder from Pep ]

Bayern left a lot of firepower on the bench for the start of the game, a fact that was underscored by their 80th minute substitutions of Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gotze and Diego Contento.

Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern’s only goal, and the first half tally looked like this:

It was part of a wide-open first half with plenty of chances for each side and some wonderful saves from Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

And here’s what we were saying at halftime.

Portland head coach Caleb Porter made 10 changes at halftime, leaving Thierry Henry as the only starter on the pitch to start the second half. The move was for good reason, as Henry’s removal in the 48th minute earned a great salute from the Portland crowd in what could very well be the French legend’s last All Star Game. And Landon Donovan entering the game for Henry helped up the volume as well.

Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his goal-scoring magic with an stunning left-footed shot that beat a diving Starke. The play was set up by Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres’ flick, and the match was tied at 1 in the 51st minute.

Manuel Neuer enjoyed a rousing round of applause when he entered the game in the 62nd minute.

Then came a bit of controversy, as Osvaldo Alonso made a poor and unnecessary challenge on Xherdan Shaqiri that had Bayern boss Pep Guardiola cross the halfway line to have some angry words with Porter and his staff.

The 70th minute found Donovan scoring against his former club, as Diego Valeri’s pretty ball over the top was collected and pushed home by the USMNT legend.

It was a great moment for him, especially given his summer.

Bernat burst forward in the 79th minute to get onto the end of a Shaqiri cross, but the strong strike was parried out of bounds by Bill Hamid.

The Portland crowd knew its place and moment, and provided the international audience with a strong “Onward Rose City” in the 84th minute.

Late challenges had Guardiola in an uproar, as it seems the MLS All Stars were infringing on some sort of agreement to keep it calm. There were three yellow cards in the game, with Alonso, Will Johnson and Jerome Boateng seeing cautions.

All-Star Game history

1996: East, 3-2
1997: East, 5-4
1998: USA, 6-1
1999: West, 6-4
2000: East, 9-4
2001: East 6-6 West
2002: MLS 3-2 USMNT
2003: MLS 3-1 CD Guadalajara
2004: East, 3-2
2005: MLS 4-1 Fulham
2006: MLS 1-0 Chelsea
2007: MLS 2-0 Celtic
2008: MLS 3-2 West Ham
2009: Everton 1-1 (4-3 pks) MLS
2010: Manchester United 5-2 MLS
2011: Manchester United 4-0 MLS
2012: MLS 3-2 Chelsea
2013: Roma 3-1 MLS
2014: MLS 2-1 Bayern Munich


Bayern Munich: Starke (Neuer, 62′); Rafinha, Bernat (Schweinsteiger, 80′), Alaba (c) (Robben, 86′); Martínez, Shaqiri (Gotze, 80′), Rode (Muller, 80′), Gaudino (Dante, 62′); Hojbjerg (Boateng, 73′), Lewandowski (Contento, 80′), Pizarro (Green, 37′; Lahm, 82′)

Goals: Lewandowski (8)

MLS All Stars: Rimando (Hamid, 46′); Yedlin (Franklin, 46′), Collin (Boswell, 46′), Besler (Ridgewell, 46′), Parkhurst (Alonso, 46′); Zusi (Wright-Phillips, 46′), Cahill (Valeri, 46′), Bradley (Edu, 46′), Henry (Donovan, 48′; Dwyer, 72′); Dempsey (W. Johnson, 46′); Martins (Torres, 46′)

Goals: Wright-Phillips (51), Donovan (70′)

  1. godsholytrousers - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Pep is a G I A N T douchebag.

  2. jdfsquared - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Classless by Pep. Don’t come to this league and disrespect us like that at this event. If that’s how you’re gonna behave… Don’t. Come. Back.

  3. rphillish - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Really disappointed by Pep’s reaction. I know your mad, I know there were some hard tackles, but come on.

  4. greej1938l - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Stay classy and professional pep

  5. jdfsquared - Aug 6, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Classless by Pep.

  6. player169 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    +3. Late challenges, yes…but come on…taking it out on the coach like it was his fault. Get over yourself. Douche in my eyes from now on…

  7. jdfsquared - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    That was one of the most classless things I’ve ever seen happen in sports. As an American soccer fan, I feel totally disrespected by Pep and his staff. I hope Caleb Porter punches him in the face.

  8. redrock81 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Pep has a temper… that’s a known fact, but still shake hands for crying out loud. Its supposed to be a friendly… he has to live with the decision of having a bad starting line up and then calling in the 1st team guys with 10 minutes to go. Not enough to make an impact! Some pretty hard tackles… esp on Schweinsteiger. If I remember correctly Schweinsteiger was supposed to be on a 6-week medical leave after the WC. Enough reason for Pep to be angry but still… shake hands.

    • godsholytrousers - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Then Pep should have never put Schweinsteiger in the match.

  9. medic0nduty - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    To be fair, I wouldn’t wish a midfield of Cahill, Alonso, and Johnson on anybody, but come on Pep. Yeah, some challenges were physical, but nothing ridiculous. Snubbing the opposing manager because of that isn’t a smart move.

  10. jucam1 - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    I’m not saying Pep was right in not shaking his hand, but Bayern came to play an exhibition and take it as a warm up and the MLS “stars” (I guess) acted like this was the WC. Bayern came here to be seen, take a nice pay day, and make sure no one gets injured. It’s a stupid exhibition match with “stars” from a sub par league in comparison to the Champions league, to go nuts after multi million dollar players and potentially cost a real club team a star is a disgrace. If you want the game to be meaningful, play East v West. That way the MLS stars can be featured and all will know to take it really serious. You can’t expect Bayern or any club of its ilk to come in with any intensity for a game they could care less about. I don’t understand why you would book them for this natch if you wanted to play regular season futbol.

    • godsholytrousers - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      I see you are trying to big as big a douche bag as your hero Pep.
      Sorry, not even close. You’ll have to have your vagina examined.

    • braxtonrob - Aug 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      @jucam1, Please! They’re (BM) not gods FCOL. They (BM) wanted to win, and they didn’t. Too bad their coach doesn’t have even 1% the amount of class that his players clearly do.

      (If you want to bash MLS, try doing it on a day that our stars don’t knock off arguably the #1 club team in the world. Moron.)

  11. sburns20 - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Mls beat the big bad German squad. I’d be embarrassed too if I was their coach.

  12. rjbailey - Aug 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Reblogged this on Locating Frankenstein's Brain.

  13. jucam1 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Ahh the super cool internet tough guy, if you want to see a major D bag take a look in the mirror champ, the adults are talking so beat it. Besides if you don’t like the truth then ignore my comment and live in fantasy land where people give a crap about the might MLS all star team.

    • braxtonrob - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:36 AM

      Who won that game again?

  14. jhnyr45 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    lol who cares, it was a great game, as a Bayern Supporter i was very mad and dissapointed at what Pep did, regardless though it was a fun game… He should have yelled at the players that made the challenges, not Porter

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