First Merritt Paulson hinted at it, then rumors of it came out of Germany, then Paulson hinted some more, the the club posted about it on their own website, but finally MLS has made it official: Bayern Munich will be the MLS All-Stars' opponents here in Portland for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game on August 6th.
Bayern have win the German Bundesliga 23 times in their 113 year history, more than any other team, and are currently in first place again, four points ahead of their nearest competition. They have also won the UEFA Champions League five times, including the most recent edition of the competition in 2013.
The German's potent club history has made them a premier side for stars from Germany, like their club captain Philipp Lahm, and across the world, including the exciting attacking duo of France's Franck Ribery and Holland's Arjen Robben. While MLS clubs worry about the handful of players who will be out of the league for the World Cup, there are only a handful of players on the Bayern Munich squad that will not be headed to Brazil next summer.
This is clearly a big get for MLS. While the league has entertained big names in the past, none have come to the US the year after winning a Champions League title. The possibility of hosting such a game is an exciting one, even for those opposed to the idea of a midseason All-Star Game, particularly with a team featuring so many players from Germany and Brazil, two of the years' favorites to win the World Cup.
Fans of the Portland Timbers will recall the team's 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich II back in 2009, a match that featured names like Stephen Keel and Alex Nimo.
The league's press release: