PORTLAND: Landon Donovan’s goal in the 70th minute yesterday gave the Major League Soccer All-Stars a 2-1 victory over German champions Bayern Munich in a friendly marred by rough tackles.
The Los Angeles Galaxy striker took a high centering pass on the run up the middle of the field, eluded two defenders and netted the deciding goal.
“Any time you can beat Bayern Munich, that’s a good beat,” Donovan said.
“We came out and played them hard and that was an entertaining game for sure.”
The Bundesliga side opened the scoring on an eighth-minute strike from Robert Lewandowski, who tucked a right-footed blast just under the crossbar.
English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls, a former Southampton and Manchester City forward, answered for the MLS squad in the 51st minute, powering a left-footed kick from just outside the penalty area into the net.
Wright-Phillips is the younger brother of England international Shaun Wright-Phillips of England’s Queens Park Rangers and the son of former England and Arsenal standout Ian Wright.
An angry Pep Guardiola did not shake hands with his opposite number after his star-studded side lost to the MLS All-Star team. The Spaniard gave Caleb Porter a one-fingered wave-off, apparently angry at some of the tackles by the MLS players as the German champions were beaten 2-1. Guardiola offered the refereeing panel a token handshake and quickly disappeared into the tunnel. “I understand he doesn’t want his players to get hurt. They’re not great tackles but they’re not the worst tackles I’ve ever seen and I hope Schweiny’s not hurt,” Donovan told ESPN.
Most of the Bayern first-team regulars started on the bench in the team’s sixth pre-season game.
In the 79th minute, four of Germany’s World Cup-winning team - Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lamm, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze - came on simultaneously in a mass substitution, though Schweinsteiger left the game before the end after a challenge that may have prompted Guardiola’s subsequent ire.