Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are set to take on Mexican side Chivas De Guadalajara on Thursday in New Jersey as part of their pre-season campaign.
The match will take place at the Red Bull Arena and presents a unique opportunity for one of Mexico's most historic clubs to take on one of Europe's top sides.
The two clubs have an accumulative 35 domestic titles between them—Chivas have 11—thus setting up a fascinating clash between two teams with great tradition.
Read on for full scheduling, television and live streaming information for what is sure to be a fascinating encounter in the USA.
Date: Thursday, July 31
Time: 8 p.m. ET, 1 a.m. BST
TV Info: ESPN (U.S.), BT Sport 2 (UK)
World Cup Stars
Some of Bayern's biggest stars will be unavailable for the match in New Jersey, having played deep into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil—many representing the victorious German team.
Thus, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Mueller, Mario Goetze and Arjen Robben will all sit out the match.
However, there will still be a handful of Pep Guardiola's top players on show with Franck Ribery—who missed the World Cup through injury—and new signing Robert Lewandowski set to appear.
Youngster Julian Green will also be looking to impress in his home country having returned from injury, per ESPN's Doug McIntyre:
Julian Green says sore knee that kept him from training last week is fine. He’s available for Bayern’s two-match U.S. tour. #usmnt— Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) July 28, 2014
The 19-year-old scored against Belgium for Team USA in the World Cup and is hoping to force his way into Bayern's first team, per Andrew Wiebe on MLSSoccer.com:
I just want to show the coach and the team that I can help them. If I get my chance, I’ll try my best. I’m waiting for my chance. The relationship [with Guardiola] is very good. I feel the trust with him, and it’s very important for a young player to feel the trust from the coach. I want to repay the trust from him.
Pole Lewandowski made his move to Bayern from Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season and has already impressed for his new side, scoring twice already in the off-season, per Sky Germany's Jan Aage Fjortoft:
Guardiola about Lewandowski who was on fire this weekend: - He has everything Congratulations to Bayern which have bought a player like this— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) July 27, 2014
Bayern will still have enough quality to put on a show on Thursday and should prove quite a handful for Chivas.
However, the Mexican team come into the encounter in decent form from the Liga MX and Copa MX, having most recently claimed wins over Coras de Tepic and Pumas, as well as a draw with Chiapas.
Attacking midfielder Gustavo Napoles scored twice in their most recent 3-1 win over Tepic, the final goal being provided by Carlos Fierro, who—per ESPN's Tom Marshall—had been lacking of late:
Great finish from Carlos Fierro. Really needed that. Been short of goals recently. Chivas 3-0 Coras.— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) July 30, 2014
As far as sports writer David Faitelson is concerned, Chivas are a team on the up:
With that in mind, there is surely no better time for Chivas to be facing one of the world's best teams on a major stage.
They will be very eager to claim a result against Bayern, which should make for quite some occasion in the Red Bull Arena.