Golazos and controversy fill Portland night

[MLS ALL-STAR GAME] It won't get better than this as far as All-Star Games go. MLS takes over Portland. Bayern Munich rides into town loaded with World Cup champs. And the German powerhouse heads back to Munich having lost, 2-1, in a game that produces three golazos and has a heated Bayern coach Pep Guardiola looking for a rematch.

For the first 10 minutes it looked like it would be a repeat of last year when Roma ran over the MLS all-stars, 3-1, in Kansas City. Bayern Munich run rampant, taking a lead on a Robert Lewandowski goal a minute after he was stopped by Nick Rimando.

Bayern had all kinds of chances to extend their lead but could not beat Rimando, who stopped two shots by Xherdan Shaqiri and one by Julian Green late in the first half. The MLS all-stars may have had the better of the play in the first half as captain Thierry Henry, playing perhaps his last All-Star Game, was in excellent form.

But the fireworks came after MLS coach Caleb Porter made nine changes to start the second half and a 10th a few minutes later as he brought on Landon Donovan for Henry.

First, Henry's Red Bulls teammate, Bradley Wright-Phillips, showed why he is MLS's leading scorer, hitting a left-footed shot after passes from Bobby Boswell and Erick Torres that left backup Bayern keeper Tom Starke, starting in place of Manuel Neuer, no chance.

By the second all-stars' goal, Neuer, the first of eight Bayern Munich players who had arrived from Munich early in the afternoon for the Wednesday night game, was in goal, but he could do nothing to stop Donovan. Diego Valeri, one of three Timbers players who came on in the second half, hit a ball over the top of the Bayern defense that Donovan ran on to and blasted past Neuer for the go-ahead goal against the team which he once played for on a short and unhappy loan spell.

But the game would be marred by controversy as first Osvaldo Alonso went in on a hard challenge on Shaqiri and was issued a yellow card. Guardiola looked over at Porter and glared. Porter gave a look like it wasn't his idea for Alonso to go in hard on Shaqiri.

But when it happened ahead, Guardiola was livid. Will Johnson was issued a card for a foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Bayern star had flown 12 hours to play in the game and left minutes after entering with what Guardiola described as an ankle injury.

Guardiola's staff refused to shake Porter's hand after the game -- Guardiola and Porter did shake outside their locker rooms later, according to U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati -- and Guardiola went to midfield to berate referee Jair Marrufo.

"Eight players came here 12 hours just to play this game and to play as best as possible," said Guardiola. "And we tried to respect the rules of the game and fair play and play as best as possible."

Porter was sympathetic to Guardiola's concerns about the fouls and injury to Schweinsteiger. "I understand his frustration completely," he said, "because they are in preseason. I understand completely why there was some emotion there, but we certainly didn't mean to do anything negative in the game. We have the utmost respect for Bayern, their players, Pep. This guy is an idol of mine. I think there were a couple of tackles that went wrong."

Guardiola said he wanted a rematch. "I expect they [MLS] are going to invite us next year to make the revenge," he said, "and I'm going to prepare a little bit better. Now we will be sure what's going on, so we'll prepare much better. Then we'll do it. I hope our invitation is coming."

The Alonso and Johnson fouls and Guardiola's reaction were unfortunate as they overshadowed what was a memorable evening for MLS and its players and the 21,733 fans in attendance at Providence Park.

There were 18 players -- seven for the MLS stars and 11 for Bayern -- who played in the All-Star Game and had played in this summer's World Cup, but the game's MVP was Donovan, the player who was dropped from the U.S. World Cup.

After the game, the one MLS player Guardiola hugged was Henry, who played for him for two seasons at Barcelona. "It was an honor for me to train, to be his trainer," said Guardiola, full of praise for how Henry helped him in his first season at Barca. After all the other players had exited, Henry, the star of the All-Star Game week on and off the field, walked all alone and circled the field to salute the fans.

As the game was drawing to a close, the Timbers fans broke in a chant, "Caleb Porter!" But the Portland coach, the all-star coach for the evening, was uncomfortable with all the attention directed his way.

"The players were up for it," he said. "The players enjoyed it. That's what the game is about: the players."

Aug. 6 in Portland, Ore.
MLS All-Stars 2 Bayern Munich 1. Goals: Wright-Phillips 51, Donovan 70; Lewandowski 8.
MLS All-Stars -- Rimando (Hamid, 46); Yedlin (Franklin, 46), Collin (Edu, 46), Besler (Ridgewell, 46), Parkhurst (Boswell, 46); Zusi (Valeri, 46), Cahill (Alonso, 46), Bradley (Johnson, 46), Henry (Donovan 48; Dwyer, 71); Dempsey (Wright-Phillips, 46), Martins (Torres, 46).
Bayern Munich -- Starke (Neuer 62), Alaba (Robben 86), Martinez, Rafinha, Rode (Mueller, 80), Gaudino (Dante, 62), Bernat (B.Schweinsteiger, 80), Shaqiri (Goetze, 81), Hoejbjerg (Boateng 73), Pizarro (Green 37; Lahm, 82), Lewandowski (Contento 80).
26 comments about "Golazos and controversy fill Portland night".
  1. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 8:16 a.m.

    Sure it's Pre-Season, BUT I'm JUST SAYING..Maybe Pep needs to figure it out..?!?! REPOSTED FROM**((commented on: July 14, 2014 at 3:04 p.m. Germany are not there yet with their Tiki-Taka Game…So many Unforced Errors… Looked like a MLS game… Lot of Hustle/Bustle/ and Commitment from Both Teams, but Poco Futbol…Maybe Germany can continue its Transition to Tiki-Taka, but I agree with DiPirlo Post above, it was Finally the Initiative of ONE Player, Schuerrle, to take on TWO Argies down the Wing and Cross on the Run for Goetz to Go Aerial/Brazilian and Make History…That was Worth Waiting for!!!!…I don’t think Tiki-Taka(ANYWHERE) will ever be as Successful as the Last Generation, NO XAVI to Run it…España…Didn’t have Tiki-Taka until Barca/Cruijff/Guardiaola/Xavi…Amigos, IT AIN’T COMING BACK!!!…Just like no one has been able to Copy Clockwork Orange of Holland/AJAX/Michels/Cruijff……Mexico has Played Tiki-Taka for Ages…No Brain to Run it(maybe Cuellar)…Systems are only as Good as the Brain that Runs it…I don’t think the German Brain likes Tiki-Taka, and It is not in their Culture or Nature to not “GO Panzer”…The Mix this time around was ONLY Successful, BECAUSE THIS WAS THE WEAKEST WORLD CUP FIELD…EVER !!!! Think about it… German Defender HEADS the ball back to His Sweeper Keeper from 40yards !?!?!?!? Really !!!! and WHY ??? Because he was trying to play Tiki-Taka….If Higuain had Finished that “GIMMIE”, we would be talking about how the Germans have been a Failure at Tiki-Taka…Go back and watch the Tape…Look at all the Balls Germany Mis-Trapped or Passed OUT OF BOUNDS…And Argentina Barely High Pressed…This “SUCCESS” may ultimately lead to the Decline of German Fussball… Tiki-Taka Negates… **/Speed/Strength/Size/Power/Stamina/Determination/Strong Defending/Killer Through ball down the 18yd Sideline for the Cross/Finisher(Der Bomber)…Auf Wiedersehen der Mannschaft…We Shall See…!?!?!?!?))p.s. WHAT A JERK "PEP" is...Not Shaking Hands with Porter after the Game...He always was a Jerk @ Barca and Now the World is seeing it...OUTTA BAYERN>>THIS YEAR...Turns Out he couldn't even Beat the MLS "Team"

  2. Miguel Dedo, August 7, 2014 at 8:41 a.m.

    Yes thank you Bayern Munich for the courtesy of giving US fans a chance to see your great football and your great players – and for giving our MLS players the honor of being on the field with them. Yes, we regret that two of your players were the victims of reckless tackles.
    However, if you come in with the attitude that the MLS players and fans should be grateful for the opportunity to be in a stadium with you, someone’s competitive spirit will be aroused.
    Was there an implicit or explicit understanding between coaches that everyone would walk through the match, hold back on tackles? Did the understanding also provide that MLS would have two goals, BM one at the end? I doubt that was a deal that Bayern Munich would have accepted.

  3. Tim Gibson, August 7, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.

    In America, there is no such thing as a friendly Pep, so get over it

  4. Claudio Garcia chamorro, August 7, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.

    Regretful tackles yes BUT people this us football !
    The Gernan machine is presented by Guardiola with approx. 15 minutes before game's end and is practicly unable to make a dent.
    Guardiola thought that he was going to repeat a Germany - Brasil WC game here and when he felt the pressure of time he became a bi-polar. He does NOT deserve to be invited back - he display the arrogant Guardiola again. A total cry baby about a tackle which althought not warranted is part of the game. Give me a break Drama Queen! You showed NO class, NO professionalism, NO sportsmanship! A soar looser that disgraced the German club, team and THE GAME! WUA WUA things did not go my way therefore I will beach about the tackles ! You were a total ASS and a total embarrassment to the game Sir! Did Solari refused to shake Lowe's hand after getting his "S" wipped 7-1 by a greater audience (THE WORLD was watching )????? NO !!!!
    So please go back to Germany work harder and don't be embarrassed it when you loose a game fairly and square!
    Did you loose the game because of those 2 tackles? NO ! Shut up and take it like man! Opps - you are not a man!!!! A..hole!

  5. Claudio Garcia chamorro, August 7, 2014 at 9:08 a.m.

    Clarification - the Bayer Munich club should be invited anytime, it was an honor to have them here in our soil - we, as a nation are finally getting it ...... We have become part of the Football World (real football) not the hand throwing faux
    And to have those guys here, was a total delight and HONOR !
    Guardiola in the other hand could stay eating poya in Munich or Barcelona

  6. Gus Keri, August 7, 2014 at 9:11 a.m.

    Where was Klinsmann? I didn't see him. I would have loved to see his face when Donovan scored against the best goalkeeper of the world cup and against the team he brought him to play for few years ago. Look at the difference between Donovan finish and Wondowlowski's miss at the end of the Belgium game. Anyway, I just wanted to vent this out. In regard to Guardiola's reaction, it's a disgrace. He can blame Alonso and Johnson for the bad tackles, but he can't blame Porter. Apparently, he doesn't understand how all star team works in MLS. Worse yet, he didn't come out and apologize to Porter publically.

  7. cisco martinez, August 7, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

    Pep needs some word of advice, when you step between the lines of the pitch there is no such thing as a friendly, all bet are off when players cross those lines, and if there are hard tackles don't be surprised its part of the game. Or as we say in America, "grow a pair."

  8. James Froehlich, August 7, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.

    Pep reacted poorly! HOWEVER, Alonso has been in this position way too often. It's time that MLS clamped down on the thugs and crude tacklers! If MLS wants to improve the level of technical play (awful as it now is -- some exceptions) then the thugs need to be eliminated. A real shame in Alonso since he himself has great skills.

  9. Daniel Clifton, August 7, 2014 at 11:33 a.m.

    Donovan shows why he should have been on the WC team, even if it was to come off the bench. Henry is such a wonderful player to watch. Is anyone still complaining about older European guys like Henry coming to play in MLS. I look forward to watching KaKa. Great result for MLS.

  10. Greg Morris, August 7, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.

    Deeply disappointed in Pep's reaction. Shaking hands outside the locker room does not make up for the public disgrace. Couple of bad tackles in this type of game - yes - but the reaction was completely out of proportion to the transgression.

    Can we give the Donovan thing a rest? Great goal last night but I also watched him completely miss a couple of sitters a few days ago. Water under the bridge. Move on. LD has.

  11. Bernhard Purk, August 7, 2014 at 12:21 p.m.

    Hey Santiago! You must be joking, but of course: YOU WERE JUST SAYING:
    ...with MESSI,RONALDO,NEYMAR, ROBBEN, et al!!!!
    Some guys just can't get over Brazil
    getting manhandled 7-1 on their own soil. Yeah, I guess THEY were the weakest Brazil squad ever.
    But please don't act like someone ran over your dog, simply because your team didn't win the World Cup.

  12. Andrea Hana, August 7, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

    Pep "gave him the finger", as Alejandro Moreno put it last night. What an idiot. Pep, go home and " prepare a little bit better", as you said in your interview. Rematch? Bring it on! ...but BRING IT!

  13. Juergen Grabi, August 7, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.

    I can understand Pep's frustration. You make an effort and reluctantly put your stars on the field for a few minutes, who by the way have not trained with the team yet, and then you have these two third class professionals going into tackles like it is the WC final. What a couple of idiots.

  14. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.

    @Bernhard...my Team is USA!!! Which One is Yours??? You may have missed this so I will REPOST How another German Screwed us Up//** ((commented on: July 3, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.
    For all you Whiners who don't think it's FAIR to Criticize JK...Take it from someone who has Toiled in US SOCCER, since 1974...Someone with an “A” License, National Championships, and who has been in the Fires of El Salvador, The Pitch Invasions of Trinidad and Pissed-On in the Dugouts of Guatemala…Let me Spell it Out for You... I have been to 6 World Cups, including 2 Finals,’82 and ‘86... THIS IS THE WEAKEST WORLD CUP EVER !!!!… We Could have Won it… Take 9 players from any team, change their Jerseys and You Wouldn’t Notice the Difference... Only Messi, Neymar, James, Muller, Robben, Lukaku, are the Difference Makers… You just have to Man Mark them Out of the Game, and it’s a Toss Up… They don't Hold any Position, They Float.. Dempsey could have been our Difference Maker, Except He was Forced to Play “TIED DOWN” as Hi-Forward...KLINSMANN SCREWD IT UP !!!...HOW you ASK???....... #1. No Sub for Altidore,...Causing Ripple Effect of Dempsey & Bradley out of Position.. Causing YEARS of Preparation of Team Structure and Rhythm, to be Thrown OUT THE WINDOW.......SUNIL, You should ask for our MONEY BACK!!!!!.... Leaving aside the fact of Hamstring Injury… What if Jozy got 2 Yellows, or a Red??? We would have been Screwed for Next Game... What if Jozy got Tired??? Who was going to Sub in for him???... What if Jozy was just being Jozy, and Played Lazy and Crappy???... To not bring a Substitute for Jozy was STUPID!!!... QUIXOTIC is a better expression….Tilting against the Windmills…. No Sub for Altidore and NO Donovan(Doubtful LD would have helped much)... JK was going to do it his Strange way… Ask the People in W.Germany 96 or Bayern Munich...... #2. Starting Besler instead of Brooks… Lukaku was always going to ManHandle Besler…Brooks is also Taller, Besler was getting Out Jumped by Taller Belgians…JK was worried about the Size and Speed of the Belgians...Besler had shown through Cramps and Injuries that he wasn’t up for 120 minutes...... #3. Starting Cameron as Def Mid over Beckerman… I do not like Beckerman as a Player, BUT why do you FIX what isn’t BROKE???... Cameron did OK, But there was a better way to get Cameron on The Field... JK wanted Cameron on the Field for his Defensive Heading, On Set PlayS I guess, Because Belgium didn’t play the Ball UP to Fellaini’s Head during Run of Play...Remember neither Jones or Dempsey could head with Broken Noses......

  15. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 1:51 p.m.

    Part 2** ((commented on: July 3, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.
    #4. Cameron should have started as the “Altidore” forward… Zusi OUT… Cameron was the only one left on the Roster with the Size, Range and Skill to be “Hold Up” Player...Cameron was an Offensive Player coming out of College and when he first started with the Dynamo…He didn’t start Playing Defense, until Kinner forced him to. (Out of Necessity, due to Dynamo Injuries)...This would have let Bradley & Dempsey move into “Normal” Positions.... Go back and watch the Tape,… US was EXCELLENT when Bradley was Deeper… **And why didn’t JK Switch Bedoya and Zusi(who was getting Manhandled),Like he switched Zusi and Davis(who was getting Manhandled in Germany Game)... And if the Cameron Experiment didn’t work, you could have always moved Jones Up, and Cameron Back... It would have been hard for Belgium to Out Head Gonzo, Brooks and Cameron…... #5. Yedlin should have Started for Bedoya. Seriously, The Kid is BIG TIME….Bedoya--So, So--Doesn't hurt you, Doesn't help you...... #6. Why did JK WASTE 45 seconds putting in Green, with One minute left in the 1st Overtime??? ...At that point why not wait until the Change Over....But Really, WHY didn’t he make the Change as soon as Belgium scored the 1st Goal at 2 minute mark of 1st OT... A Good Coach is always thinking;.. "If they score, I do this Sub".."If We score, I do this Sub"… WHY did it take 13 minutes to get Green on the Field??? Watch the Tape…JK was Deer-in-the Headlights...... But what do you expect from someone who has Coached so few REAL games….... The Klinsmann Record before he became US Coach;...Remember he had NONE, before taking over Germany in 94.. All his Games in Preparation for WC96(in Germany) were Friendlies(Exclude Confed Cup95??)…at WC96(as Home team) he beat those “BIG” Powers; Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador, Sweden,… only Toughie was win vs ARG on PKs…Lost in Semi’s to Italy…as for Coaching Bayern Munich??? ++ 22-9-8 in UEFA/Bundesliga before being FIRED with 5 games to go in Season….... Remember, JK was supposed to be the Risk Taker Coach that was going to Change the Face of USMNT…... HAHAHA..JOKER is on US(US SOCCER)...... Having said all that… I would NOT Switch Coaches at this stage… We have Gold Cup next year/The Copa SurAmerica after that, to see if JK has learned anything…... But, Sunil must hold him ACCOUNTABLE, as He did when he Fired the Women’s Coach…... WE BELIEVE WE CAN WIN…. WE ARE THE U.S.A. !!!... If the Coach Doesn’t Believe, GET RID OF HIM….!!!
    P.S. I Guess PEP Found Out what American's Want... The Best and WINNERS

  16. Gus Keri, August 7, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

    Ric, I doubt Klinsmann was there. He is probably still upset that Bayern had fired him. (Holding grudge? Where did I heart that before?). Also, why people keep telling us to let LD thing go. In soccer, people discuss the same issues over and over for many years. This is one of those issue. Even TV pundits keep asking Donovan "how his summer was" and everyone knows what they were implying. It's just for the sake of discussion. "those who don't learn from their history are bound to repeat it." And by the way, Santiago, you need to re-write your comments with the correction: "Germany 06" instead of "Germany 96"

  17. Bernhard Purk, August 7, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.

    Still sounds like someone ran over your dog Santiago. USA is MY team too.
    They just didn't have the horses.
    Let's see what happens in 2018.
    If they don't advance any further
    than they did this last time around,
    then I'll buy your arguments.

  18. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 3:40 p.m.

    @Gus, glad u caught that, I was just trying to see if anyone was really reading it.. LOL... @Bernhard, I don't even have a Dog, Man!!! Hahaha... I'll Post you my "Arguments" Later, But I gotta work right now and you all are Distracting me... Thanks :)

  19. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.

    @Bernhard...Let's see how this dog Hunts...My Argument is... >>REPOSTED from ((commented on: July 1, 2014 at 11:08 p.m...Hugo Perez, Tab Ramos, Klopas, Harkes, Vermes, Balboa,. Dooley, Wynalda, Lalas, Reyna, Stewart, Kobi Jones,.. Which of Today's team would you pick over them..??? Doesn't anyone see that we haven't come anywhere in almost 30 years??? Sad... Only Yedlin, Fabian.. USA GKs, you are ALL Unbelievable!!!...**commented on: July 1, 2014 at 11:50 p.m...Reyna/Harkes or Bradley ??? Dempsey or Donovan/Perez??? McBride/Wynalda or Altidore??? Today's crop of players is No Better than 20 years ago.. I think overall level might be a little better, but Not the Key Players, at the Key Moments.. Maybe Bradley/Dempsey would have done Better if they weren't forced to play out of position.. And that's JKs fault for not Selecting a Sub for Altidore....**commented on: July 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m...Fact is; we are no better off than we were under Lothar, Bob G., Steve, Bora, Bruce, Bob B., JK… Some years a little better, some years a little worse…..30 years and No Improvement to Show… A VERY Marginal rise across the board, but still NO Game Breaking Player… Good thing is; NFL Parity has set into World Soccer and the Rest of the World has COME DOWN to our Level, Except for a few Exceptional Game Breakers… Messi, Robben, Alexis, Ronaldo, James, Neymar, Lukaku, Muller,… The other 9 players on the Field could change Jerseys and YOU WOULDN’T NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE …!!!! All the US lacks is a Game Breaker…. As for JK, Let him Stay FOR NOW… After all, he finally got some “REAL GAME” coaching experience… Remember he had NONE, before taking over Germany in 2004.. All his Games in Preparation for WC06(in Germany) were Friendlies(Confed Cup05??)… at WC06(as Home team) he beat those “BIG” Powers; Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador, Sweden,… only Toughie was win vs ARG on PKs…Lost in Semi’s to Italy… as for Coaching Bayern Munich??? ++ 22-9-8 in UEFA/Bundesliga before being FIRED with 5 games to go in Season….>>>**** I Rest My Case, For NOW !!!****

  20. RAMON ZAPATA, August 7, 2014 at 8:52 p.m.

    Pepe Gu is and has always been a hot headed Catalan who thinks he is the Only coach in the world...

  21. Margaret Manning, August 7, 2014 at 8:58 p.m.

    What does flying in 12 hours ago have to do with anything? BM made the deal, took the money, absorbed the exposure--did they think they were coming to get the key to the city? If there were a deal for a walking around game, the fans should be notified so they know not to show up. I would pay to see BM again, but I wouldn't have that sad excuse for a man (Oh, I didn't see the MLS coaches!) back.

  22. Kent James, August 7, 2014 at 9:14 p.m.

    I'm sure Landon savored the feeling of coming on for 15 mins, scoring the winning goal, and taking his bow. Nicely played Landon; yes, I think he would have helped our cause at the WC, but it is time to move on. As for the game, I thought it was a great game, and I was very impressed with the quick play of the MLS (and Lewandowski's finishing). I actually thought the MLS (as a team) looked better in the first half, but Bradley Wright-Phillips' finish (off Torres' nice header) was tremendous, and Donovan's, while not as pretty, certainly demonstrated his goal scoring ability (great positioning, holding off two challengers and beating the keeper). I'll have to admit I was shocked at Pep's behavior towards Caleb Porter. Yes, Alonso's challenge (while not malicious) was very inappropriate. Johnson's was not as bad, but still a bit overzealous (it was not clear how Schweinsteiger's injury came about, because I think the ankle that was injured was not the one that Johnson hit late). Jair's refereeing I thought was too loose (it did look like he missed a couple of clear fouls), but some of Bayern Munich's younger players certainly looked like they were seeking special favors, going down easily under some very legal challenges. I've always heard great things about Pep from pretty much everyone, and have certainly admired the way his teams play, but his behavior towards Porter was classless. It's not like Porter was out there telling his players to take them out, and there were really only two challenges that were out of line (and it's not like even those players were throwing themselves about recklessly other than those challenges). It was a competitive game that was exciting to watch, and though it could have gone either way, thanks to some outstanding play by motivated MLS players (esp. Rimando), Bayern lost. As Cisco said in more colorful language, Pep should man up and congratulate Porter and the MLS for their well played victory.

  23. Santiago 1314, August 7, 2014 at 9:53 p.m.

    Actually, If you watched the game,There was a player who set the Intense and sometimes Nasty Tone for the MLS, It was Thierry Henry!!!.. Who'd have thought that??? He is still lighting up the League... Hopefully he will return to Arsenal, as a Late Sub and Future Coach..

  24. ROBERT BOND, August 8, 2014 at 9:10 a.m.

    it's a contact sport, Pep! Bayern fans at the match sad he did not start the starters-they need to learn some chants......

  25. Bernhard Purk, August 8, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

    And I rest mine Santiago.
    Let's see what happens in the next 4 years.

  26. Santiago 1314, August 8, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

    Hey, at least we give a ShxT... :):} ttyl

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