The Major League Soccer (MLS) have confirmed that UEFA Champions League winners FC Bayern Munich will take on the MLS All-Stars in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game on August 6, 2014.
The 2014 MLS All-Star Game will be played at Portland’s JELD-WEN Field and it will be broadcasted LIVE in more than 130 countries worldwide. It will be the first time that a Bundesliga side will be playing in the MLS All-Star Game in the 19-year history of the event. Clubs like AS Roma, Chelsea FC and Manchester United were among the 10 foreign teams to play the MLS All-Star Game in the past.
„The AT&T MLS All-Star Game is one of the premier soccer events on the North American sports calendar,“ MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. „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.“
„We are very pleased to welcome Bayern Munich – easily the biggest club to play in Portland,“ Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said. „The inclusion of Bayern Munich to the 2014 AT&T All-Star Game complements an already historic, world-class event for the city of Portland and Major League Soccer.“
Bayern Munich is looking forward to the US Tour next year and coach Pep Guardiola is looking forward to the match. „Becoming the first German club to contest the MLS All-Star Game is an honour. MLS has developed very positively in recent years and we’re looking forward to taking on the league’s best players,“ the Spaniard stated.
The US Tour will also mark the launch of Bayern’s approach to enter the American market after launching their process of internationalisation in Asia with tours to India, China, Indonesia and Qatar amongst other countries.
„Taking part in the MLS All-Star Game is another important step in our international strategy. We regard the USA as an important market and want to bring our brand, our team and our philosophy closer to our fans and friends and all football enthusiasts,” said Jörg Wacker, Bayern Munich’s board director responsible for internationalisation and strategy.
Bayern Munich’s last visit to the United States took place in the summer of 2004, when the German champions defeated Manchester United 4-2 on penalties at Soldier Field in Chicago.
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