Bayern Munich chose to participate in the 2014 MLS All Star Game as a part of their mission to continue expanding their global reach. Everything leading up to the match was great. The match itself was fun. However, it was marred by several dirty tackles from the MLSers. In the end, Pep Guardiola and his coaching staff refused to shake the hand of MLS All Star head coach Caleb Porter after the match.
It started in the first half with Tim Cahill. The Australian committed two bad fouls against Pierre Hojbjerg and Sebastian Rode. In the 37th minute, moments before he was subbed out of the match, it appeared that Claudio Pizarro went in hard with an elbow to Cahill's face as the two went for a header. It looked a lot like revenge for his teammates.
It continued in the second half when Osvaldo Alonso went through Xherdan Shaqiri with a tackle that could be shown a red card on any given day. Guardiola, already standing in his technical area, turned to Porter on the MLS bench and continued to yell at him for a couple of minutes telling him that this was a friendly, and he needed to tell his players to cool it. Porter looked at him apologetically. Pep lifted his hands as if to ask, "What in the world is going on here?"
Then, late in the match, Will Johnson committed another brutal tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger just minutes after the midfielder entered the field. Schweinsteiger would leave the field injured and not return.
The referee should not be left out of the blame. Jair Marrufo is much-maligned by regular MLS viewers for his inability to successfully manage a game. He let too much rough play go, and Bayern players suffered for it.
Once the final whistle blew, Guardiola and his coaching staff refused to shake the hands of the MLS coaching staff. They completely ignored them and walked to the middle of the field where the Bayern players were congregating. While one can argue that Guardiola and his staff are in the wrong, you can understand his frustration with the overall dirty play displayed on the field tonight.
Update: According to United States Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, all is well now.
All good with Pep Guardiola and Caleb Porter. With them for nice handshake outside the locker room after the game. #MLSAllStar— Sunil Gulati (@sunilgulati) August 7, 2014