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MLS All Stars Prepare to Face Bayern Munich

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The excitement has been building for a while.  It became greater after the opponent was announced and greater still after the World Cup.  Tomorrow night, at Providence Park in Portland, Major League Soccer will send out its’ All Stars, including American national team stars Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, to play German champions Bayern Munich.

Bayern is loaded with World Cup stars such as Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Mario Gotze and Arjen Robben.  The Germans also boast young German-American attacker Julian Green, who scored for the USA in the World Cup Round of 16 loss to Belgium.  Green is primed for a chance with the Bayern senior team and coach Pep Guardiola has been full of praise toward him.  Fans will also be excited to see new Bayern signing Robert Lewandowski.  The Polish international joins from Borussia Dortmund.

The MLS roster will feature U.S. World Cup players Nick Rimando, Matt Besler, DeAndre Yedlin and Graham Zusi. Landon Donovan will also play, as will Australian World Cup star Tim Cahill, who will be joined by fellow New York Red Bulls Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips.  Wright-Phillips is currently MLS’ leading scorer with 18 goals.

There are some fans who don’t like this format and would rather see an East-West matchup instead.  Some fans were growing bored of seeing the same teams every year, such as Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.  Many fans had been asking to see Bayern Munich and this year they have gotten their wish.

Fans will be disappointed that players such as Kyle Beckerman, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe will miss the game due to injury.  In their place, however, fans will get to see exciting young English forward Dom Dwyer of Sporting Kansas City.  Even if you don’t like these types of games this should still be fun and highly entertaining.  So sit back and enjoy the beauty and excitement of the beautiful game in a passionate soccer city.

Adam Stefanik is a writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. Follow him on Twitter @AdamSGT36

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