FC Bayern Munich to play MLS All-Stars in 2014 showcase
PORTLAND, Ore. (December 12, 2013) – Major League Soccer today announced that FC Bayern Munich, the reigning champions of Europe and the German Bundesliga, will face the MLS All-Stars in the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The annual match will be played August 6, 2014 (9:30 p.m. ET) at JELD-WEN Field, the home of the Portland Timbers.
The game will be televised live on ESPN2, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network (UDN) in the United States, TSN and RDS in Canada, and in more than 130 countries worldwide. FC Bayern will act as Bundesliga ambassadors for the Deutsche Fußball-Liga GmbH, who have been fully supportive of the trip.
For the eleventh time in the event’s 19-year history, an international club will take on the MLS All-Stars, who have a 6-3-1 record in this highly competitive and entertaining format. In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured successful, world-famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 & 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 & 2012), AS Roma (2012) and Chivas de Guadalajara (2003).
Bayern captured the 2013 UEFA Champions League title by emphatically taking down the pre-tournament favorites FC Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the semifinals, before winning the final 2-1 over Borussia Dortmund. It was the fifth European title for Bayern, but their first in 12 years. The Champions League title was one of three trophies secured during the 2012-13 campaign, as Bayern also added their 23rd Bundesliga title and the German Cup. In late August, FC Bayern Munich defeated Europa League Champion Chelsea FC in penalty kicks to win the 2013 UEFA Super Cup– its fifth official title this year. Bayern could add another title later this month, as the club begins play at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco on December 17.