MLS All-Stars: Eight of Fan XI from US team, will face Bayern Munich
The MLS All-Stars will welcome Bayern Munich this year and it could feel a lot like Germany-USA again with eight of the MLS Fan XI played for the USA in Brazil.
When the MLS All-Stars line up to take on Bayern Munich next month, it could look an awful lot like the United States taking on Germany in the World Cup again.
This week the MLS announced the Fan XI for the All-Star Game and of those 11, eight were a part of the US national team that lost 1-0 to eventual-champion Germany in the group stage in Brazil, led by captain and Seattle Sounders star, Clint Dempsey.
The entire back seven plus the goaltender (Nick Rimando) were on the US team in Brazil, many in key roles. The three forwards, meanwhile, are players who have all been in World Cups before including American star Landon Donovan and French national Thierry Henry.
Here is how the fans voted on the starters; clearly the World Cup played a big role in the visibility of those selected.
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)
Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)
Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Bayern Munich, meanwhile, will bring seven players from the German national team that just won the Cup as well as seven other players who were in Brazil, including USMNT rising star Julian Green. With Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Mario Gotze and Manuel Neuer among many others, it will be a more than stout test for the best from the MLS.
All time the MLS All-Stars are 5-4 against European powers hitting the USA to tune up for their seasons. Last year the MLS lost to AC Roma with Michael Bradley but two years ago the American league defeated the team from Chelsea.
There are some players have spectacular seasons that didn't make the cut but remember that it's an All-Star Game and players are often chosen as much on their star power as anything else. The MLS's top scorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips of the Red Bulls, didn't make it despite his 16 goals, neither did Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer with his 14 goals. Though keep in mind the MLS season continued while the American team was in Brazil so we don't know where some of these players would stand if they hadn't been on loan to the national team.
Of course this isn't the whole team, either. MLS Commissioner Don Garber will name two wild cards and the entire 32-man rosters will be announced on Aug. 6 and undoubtedly the aforementioned players will make the cut. The Fan XI isn't necessarily the starting 11 but you'll surely see many if not all the faces to start.
The game against Bayern Munich will be played the night of Aug. 6 (9 ET/6 PT) in Portland where the MLS team will be led by Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter.
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