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.