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Preview: MLS All-Stars - Bayern Munich

The German champion has traveled to Portland to take on Clint Dempsey, Thierry Henry and Major League Soccer's best in the annual All-Star game.

In a summer packed with North American soccer showcases, Providence Park on Wednesday will offer up perhaps the most celebrated of them all.

Portland, Oregon, will play host to the annual MLS All-Star game, which this year pits Major League Soccer's best against German champion Bayern Munich.

This marks the 10th straight year the event will feature the All-Stars against a European club, with the MLS side going 5-3-1. After notching a 3-2 win against Chelsea in 2012, the All-Stars dropped a 3-1 result against Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, last year.

Bayern is coming off a season in which it cruised to the Bundesliga title and won the DFB-Pokal crown as well, but saw its UEFA Champions League defense end with a semifinal loss to Real Madrid.

Pep Guardiola's club boasts six players from World Cup champion Germany — including Silver Ball recipient Thomas Muller, Golden Glove winner Manuel Neuer and title game hero Mario Gotze. But those players, as well as Bronze Ball winner Arjen Robben of the Netherlands, have not yet participated in preseason and are expected to merely make cameo appearances Wednesday.

Bayern, which recorded a 1-0 win over Chivas Guadalajara on Thursday in Harrison, New Jersey, is still expected to give substantial minutes to players including French star Franck Ribery, marquee signing Robert Lewandowski and 19-year-old U.S. international Julian Green.

Green will see many familiar faces on the MLS squad, with goalkeeper Nick Rimando, defenders Matt Besler, DeAndre Yedlin, Michael Parkhurst and Maurice Edu, midfielders Michael Bradley, Graham Zusi and Clint Dempsey, and forward Landon Donovan all members of the U.S. national team's 30-man preliminary World Cup roster.

There are also plenty of foreign stars at the disposal of Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter, including midfielder Tim Cahill (Australia) and forwards Obafemi Martins (Nigeria) and Thierry Henry (France). Missing from the team will be withdrawals Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez, Chad Marshall and Kyle Beckerman.

Despite sitting at 6-7-9, the host Timbers are well represented by midfielders Will Johnson and Diego Valeri and defender Liam Ridgewell.

If Porter finds his team needing goals late, he should have no shortage of options at striker, with the squad featuring the top three scorers in MLS: Bradley Wright-Phillips, Dom Dwyer and Erick Torres.

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