Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola was unimpressed with the physicality of the MLS All-Star game, a match that was supposed to be a friendly. In Wednesday night’s game, the MLS All-Stars committed eight fouls and earned two yellow cards in their 2-1 win over Bayern Munich. Whether he was disappointed with the result or how rough the opposition was, Guardiola wagged his finger at All-Star coach Caleb Porter instead of shaking his hand at the full time whistle.
After the game, Porter made clear that the MLS All-Stars have “the utmost respect for Bayern” as well as Guardiola being one of the Portland coach’s idols. Pep claimed that he couldn’t find the coach after the match, but video evidence proves otherwise. U.S. Soccer’s Sunil Gulati did note that the two coaches did end up shaking hands outside the locker room once the intensity died down.
D.C. United’s manager Ben Olsen, who was the coach of the 2012 MLS All-Stars, noted that the mindsets of the two teams was to blame for last night’s heated match. The MLS All-Stars are in top condition for the playoff stretch. For Bayern Munich on the other hand, this is still their preseason, a warm up game at that; and after last year’s 3-1 loss to AC Roma and a few embarrassing losses to Manchester United, the MLS All-Stars played to win against Pep’s Bayern Munich side.
After a scorcher of a volley from Robert Lewandowski in the 8th minute, it looked as if the MLS All-Stars were in for another rout. Bayern’s free agent signing of Lewandowski is proving to be the steal of the transfer market as the 25-year-old Polish striker already looks to be in top form. It wasn’t until the second half when the game got chippy, eventually turning the tide in favor of the MLSers. Top goal scorer in the MLS Bradley Wright-Phillips scored an equally brilliant goal to draw even with the reigning German champions in the 50th minute. 20 minutes later, World Cup snub and the MLS’s all time leading goal scorer, Landon Donovan, scored the go ahead goal through Manuel Neuer’s legs, the game would finish 2-1 in favor of the MLS All-Stars.
Unaware of how important the game meant to the MLS All-Stars, the Bayern Munich manager hopes to have his team back in the States next year for a rematch. Pep Guardiola stated he will have a “better prepared” squad against the MLS All-Stars and hopes the invitation is coming.