Portland, OR -- In their final match before official competition starts, Bayern Munich lost 1-2 to the MLS All-Stars in Providence Park.
Robert Lewandowski's stellar opening goal did not prove to be enough as Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan scored one touch goals in the second half to give the MLS All-Stars the lead.
"I am so so proud of our performance in the first half, but the second half we played against new eleven players" said Bayern manager Pep Guardiola. "Our situation wasn't easy, but we tried until the end to draw the game."
Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a volleyed slice past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando. He has scored five goals in his five preseason matches with his new team.
Xherdan Shaqiri, who started opposite Lewandowski in the front, put all three of his shots on target. The back line of Javi Martínez, David Alaba, and Rafinha provided clinical aerial service from defense, and Gianluca Gaudino threaded impactful balls through to Bayern's attackers.
Obafemi Martins put Bayern's defenders under a lot of pressure in the first half, but the MLS All-Stars could not find a breakthrough. That changed quickly in the second half with the new group of personnel, Wright-Phillips jetting through Alaba and Martínez for the equalizer in the 51st minute.
"I just took a touch really and hoped for the best," said Wright-Phillips. "I just like to keep it simple running behind. I gambled off [Erick Torres's] header, and I just wanted to get a shot off really."
The goal was the third equalizer that Bayern had conceded this preseason, although the first in the last three games. Guardiola eventually brought on Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng and Dante to fortify the back a little bit more, but the recent arrivals still struggled to contain the speedy All-Star attack.
Bayern then allowed a concession to one of their alumni; Donovan, who spent two months on loan with Bayern in 2009, collected a pass from Diego Valeri before slotting it past Neuer. It was his sixth goal in the midsummer soccer classic, but his first since 2002.
"It is fun to score in games like this," said Donovan. "The pressure is off, the weight is off, and you can just really enjoy yourself."
The match was very physical for the exhibition that it was. The two teams combined for 13 fouls, including five from the MLS All-Stars in the second half. Referee Jair Maruffo booked both Osvaldo Alonso and Will Johnson for reckless challenges, and Guardiola was so distraught that he did not shake All-Star manager Caleb Porters hand after the match.
"Fouls happen in soccer," said Alonso. "You see plenty of fouls like that. It is soccer."
"We want to win the game," said Donovan. "You don't want to hurt anybody, you don't want to be foolish, but they play hard. You play a real game and those things happen. I'm glad we played with that kind of intention."
Guardiola refused to address his interaction with Caleb Porter, wanting to focus on matters on the pitch.
"We came here to play football. We came here to respect the fans," said Guardiola. "We came here with seven players who traveled 12 hours play 15 minutes to respect this game, to respect Portland, and to respect MLS, and we did it."
Johnson's foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger required the German international to leave the pitch after gingerly picking himself off the ground. Guardiola revealed in his post game press conference that it was an ankle injury, but Schweinsteiger brushed it off when he addressed the media outside the locker room.
"Only a bruise. I was lucky," said Schweinsteiger. "I don't think [anything happened]."
Bayern will catch a charter plane back to Munich tonight, just hours after the eight World Cup players landed in Portland this afternoon. Dante, Manuel Neuer, and Jerome Boateng all got between 15 and 30 minutes of work, but Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller, Philipp Lahm, and Arjen Robben got less than ten minutes on the park.
"That will always be a debate," said Schweinsteiger. "It was hard, but one can always debate because we were only here for a few hours."
"It was hard, but it was great to be here and to watch the game," said Robben. "It was a little bit too much, but we will go back and everything will be right again."
The Rekordmeister now have the 2014/15 domestic campaign in mind once they return to Munich. They will have a week to prepare for the DFL-Supercup in Dortmund before their date with Preußen Münster in the German Cup.
"We'll see how it goes in the next few days," said Boateng. "Then hopefully we can go well against Dortmund."
Bayern XI (3-4-1-2): Starke (Neuer 62') – Rafinha, Martínez, Alaba (Robben 86') – Højbjerg (Boateng 73'), Gaudino (Dante 62'), Rode (Müller 80'), Bernat (B. Schweinsteiger 80') – Shaqiri (Götze 80') – Lewandowski (Contento 80'), Pizarro (Green 37', Lahm 82')
MLS All-Star XI (4-2-3-1): Rimando (Hamid 46') – Yedlin (Franklin 46'), Collin (Boswell 46'), Besler (Ridgewell 46'), Parkhust (Alonso 46') – Bradley (Edu 46'), Cahill (Valeri 26') – Zusi (Wright-Phillips 46'), Dempsey (Johnson 46'), Henry (Donovan 48', Dwyer 71') – Martins (Torres 46')
Goals: Lewandowski 8' (0-1), Wright-Phillips 51' (1-1), Donovan 70' (2-1)