MLS All-Stars to face Bayern Munich in 2014
The 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star game will be against
legendary German club Bayern Munich, the reigning European and
The All-Star game will be played in August at Jeld-Wen Field,
home of the Portland Timbers. The MLS All-Star game has pitted
league stars against top-flight foreign clubs for the past 10
The match will conclude a weeklong tour of North America,
Bayern’s first trip to the region in a decade. Also the reigning
German Cup champion, Munich is currently ranked atop the Bundesliga
and hasn’t dropped a league match.
The team’s itinerary for the tour, apart from the All-Star game,
has not been announced.
”Becoming the first German club to contest the MLS All-Star
Game is an honor,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said on the club’s
official website. ”MLS has developed very positively in recent
years and we’re looking forward to taking on the league’s best
Joerg Wacker, a Munich board member who overseas
internationalization strategy for the club, said it is hoped the
tour will attract new supporters to the century-old team. Bayern
has won a Bundesliga-best 23 league championships and five
Champions League titles.
”We want to bring our brand, our team and our philosophy to the
West and to our fans here,” Wacker said.
The team last played in the United States in 2005, when they
defeated Manchester United on penalties at Chicago’s Soldier
Bayern has been aligned for more than 50 years with Adidas, the
German shoemaker that has its North American headquarters in
Portland. The campus hosted a news conference Thursday to announce
”I knew that Adidas was pushing it and I knew that Bayern was
amenable, so I had a pretty good idea,” said Timbers owner Merritt
Paulson, who campaigned for the All-Star game.
Last season’s MLS All-Star game was played in Kansas City
against AS Roma, which won 3-1.
Next season’s All-Star match was pushed back to Aug. 6 to make
it easier on players participating in the 2014 World Cup, said Mark
Abbott, president and deputy commissioner of Major League
The All-Stars will be coached by Caleb Porter, who led the
Timbers to a 14-5-15 record this season and a spot in the Western
Conference finals. Porter was named the MLS coach of the year.
”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,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber
said. ”We look forward to showcasing this phenomenon to the rest
of the world.”