Bayern Munich to face MLS All-Stars

The UEFA Champions League winners will take on the best MLS has to offer on Aug. 6 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland.
Die Roten are heading to the Rose City next summer.

MLS on Thursday announced that UEFA Champions League winner Bayern Munich will take on the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday, Aug. 6., at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.

The announcement sets the date and opponent for MLS All-Star Game, which had already been awarded to the Portland Timbers' home venue.

"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 press release. "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."

The match, which will kick off at 9:30 p.m. ET and be televised on ESPN2, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network, marks the 11th time in the league's 19-year history that the event will pit a MLS side against an international club. The All-Stars are 6-3-1 in the event but lost the 2013 edition 3-1 to Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

After winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles last season, Bayern is off to a strong start this campaign under new coach Pep Guardiola, sitting atop the Bundesliga at 13-0-2 and winning its UCL group with a 5-1-0 record.

"The MLS All-Star Game is an important step for us concerning our international strategy," said Bayern board member Joerg Wacker. "We see the United States as a very important market, and we want to familiarize our existing fans and followers as well as soccer fans in general with our brand, team and philosophy."

The club's star-studded roster includes the likes of Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or finalist Franck Ribery.

"It's an honor for us to be the first German club to play the MLS All-Star Game," Guardiola said. "MLS is experiencing great development and we are very much looking forward to compete against the best players of MLS."

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