PORTLAND, Ore. The 2014 MLS All-Star Game may have beenLandon Donovan's last one, but the sense most observers had was that it was another player who was possibly playing in one of the final matches of his career.
After the MLS All-Star Game Wednesday night in Portland, some misconceptions have been exposed. Keeping in mind that this was just a friendly where the result mattered little and playing to win wasn't at the very fore of the conversation and thinking surrounding the game,here are my 5 thoughts regarding the 2014 MLS All-Star Game:
PORTLAND, Ore. The scene that immediately followed the MLS All-Star Game's conclusion was not one that you would typically see after a glorified friendly: Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola wagging his finger to say no to MLS All-Star head coach Caleb Porter, who had outstretched his armfor the routine postgame handshake.
PORTLAND, Ore. In an entertaining and well-played match in front of a raucous crowd, the Major League Soccer All-Stars defeated Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich, 2-1, behind second-half goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan. Robert Lewandowski had an early strike for Bayern, but the MLS All-Stars came out on top after a sublime second half performance.
PORTLAND, Ore. The MLS All-Star Team has had a number of players drop in recent days due to niggling injuries, and you can add another one to the list.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman has been forced to withdraw from Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game against Bayern Munich because of a knock sustained in RSL's 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids this past weekend.
PORTLAND, Ore. The consensus on Monday was that the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game was a bit of a snoozer, but the young players that took part in it fully enjoyed the experience and like the league's initiative to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their skills.
PORTLAND, Ore.- After his freshman season at the University of Washington, Cristian Roldan was offereda Generation Adidas contract by MLS anda chance to turn pro immediately.But Monday's MLS Homegrown game gave Roldan a chance to see what he could have been facing on a regular basis.
The future stars of Major League Soccer will be on display on Monday evening in the first annual MLS Homegrown Player game.
The 20-man MLS Homegrown squad will take on the Portland Timbers Under-23s on Monday night at Providence Park, kicking off the MLS All-Star Game festivities, and featuring some rising stars that could be suiting up for the U.
Maurice Edu, Bobby Bowswell, and Sean Franklin are MLS All-Stars after all.
The league announced Saturday that the Philadelphia Union midfielder and D.C. United defenders will joinmanager Caleb Porter's squadas replacements for Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall and LA Galaxy teammates Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane.
WASHINGTON D.C. United'swin vs.Chivas USA lastSunday marked the club's third consecutive victory and put D.C.within arm's reach of first place in MLS's Eastern Conference, trailing Sporting Kansas City by a single point.
As important as the victory was, its significance went well beyond the three points earned, particularly for Bill Hamid.
Following the results of the MLS All-Star Fan XI,MLS team manager Caleb Porter and MLS Commissioner Don Garber were tasked with filling out the rest of the 23-man-roster.
Golden Boot leader Bradley Wright-Phillips, Toronto FC star Jermain Defoe and Chivas USA goalscorer Erick "Cubo" Torres were among those added to the squad by Porter and Garber Wednesday to join the eleven players voted in by the league's fans.
Next year's Major League Soccer All-Star Game is looking likely to have more of a German flavor.
Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed to German publication SportBild that Bayern Munich would be heading across the Atlantic Ocean next summer to face the MLS All-Stars, becoming the first German team in the annual exhibition match.
If the latest reports are correct, next summer's Major League Soccer All-Star Game opponent will be one of the biggest in league history.
According to a report in the Munich Evening News, German giants Bayern Munich will travel to the United States to face the MLS All-Stars in 2014, becoming the first ever German side to play in the annual summer friendly match.
With the 2013 MLS All-Star Game Week in the books, and transfer rumors spreading like wildfire about U.S. Men's National Team captain Clint Dempsey, there is no shortage of things to talk about in the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I look back at the memorable week in Kansas City, as Sporting KC put on an All-Star Week for the ages.
In the debut episode of "The Give and Go," New England Soccer Today's Brian O'Connell chats with fellow NEST colleague and Boston.com writer Julian Cardillo to discuss the Revolution's upcoming game against Toronto FC, a key position battle and Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game.
PORTLAND, Ore. Three blocks from Providence Parkstands a 4o-foot-tall billboard with Julian Green's likeness on it. That same ad has been on the side of numerous Portland city buses that drove around the city throughout the week.
Despite having lived the majority of his life in Germany, the 19-year-oldU.
PORTLAND, Ore. If Clint Dempsey has his way, he has not yet finished suiting up for the U.S. Men's National Team.
Fresh off a World Cup performance that saw him help lead the Americans to a Round of 16 finish n Brazil, Dempsey said Monday he has no plans on calling it quits on the international stage any time soon.
We're back again for another voyage around the world of football. On this week's show we talk about the death of Christian "Chucho" Benitez and some of the media's attempt to hijack the story to use as anti-Qatar World Cup propaganda. We discuss Richard Scudamore's reaction to a possible winter World Cup, Human Rights Watch connecting Manchester City to UAE's issues and, reluctantly, the MLS All-Star Game.