I caught the second half of the MLS All-Stars versus Bayern München last night. It was a surprisingly good match, in part because of the result. Landon Donovan scores the winner, then announces he’ll retire. ESPN FC has a handful of features today on him and last night’s match.
FCB’s manager was fussed because of Osvaldo Alonso’s physical play, declining the post-match handshake in favor of a finger-wagging. Seems like the Seattle Sounders midfielder took a page from Pete Rose’s manual of competitiveness. Manager Pep Guardiola after the match:
Congratulations to MLS for this victory. I hope they are going to invite us next year to try and make revenge and I hope to prepare a little bit better.
Now, we will be sure [about] what was going on. We will prepare much better, that we will do it. I hope our invitation is coming.
Sounds like he wants a rematch. Good. I hope his team returns, plays really well, and loses again. Best of luck in the Bundesliga.
I like the competitiveness, and admittedly, I want to see the MLS do well. Except when they play my hometown team.
I think I overheard one of the game announcers mention the thought of the MLS All-Stars playing an all-star side from the top Mexican League. Given the way their teams have thrashed MLS sides in the CONCACAF Champions League, that may be a challenge. I suppose such an event would have to alternate between the US and Mexico, with an occasional foray into Canada.