Not So Friendly

FC_Bayern_München_svgMLS_Logo_svgI 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.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Not So Friendly

  1. David D. says:

    Perhaps he will start his regulars rather than holding most of them out until the 75th minute. Bayern’s starting 11 in form against a side of MLS all-stars would be like adults playing against small children.

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