Bayern Munich Named as MLS Opponent for 2014 All-Star Game

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2013

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUGUST 30:  Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich lifts the trophy as he celebrates with team mates during the UEFA Super Cup between Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at Stadion Eden on August 30, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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It has been customary for a team of MLS All-Stars to face a top team from Europe in the MLS All-Star Game on a yearly basis, but it can be argued that the MLS will face its toughest test yet in the summer of 2014. According to the Portland Timbers' official Twitter account, the All-Stars will take on Bayern Munich.

The 2014 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore., next summer, and the fans will certainly be in for a treat.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge initially announced on Dec. 8 that his team would be involved in the MLS All-Star Game, according to Tim Polzer of SI.com via SportBild.

We were the first German club (to receive) an invitation to the MLS All-Star Game. We have accepted the invitation. We are discussing plans to go for a week in the U.S. and to play two matches. The DFL (German Football League) has great interest that we travel to the U.S.

The talent level has increased significantly in MLS over the past several years as the sport continues to gain traction in the United States. With that said, Bayern Munich are arguably the best team in the world right now, so the MLS may be biting off more than it can chew.   

According to OptaJack, Bayern are currently in the midst of an incredible Bundesliga unbeaten streak.

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In addition to that impressive statistic, FCB became the first German team to win the treble in 2012-2013 as they took the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and UEFA Champions League titles.

Bayern have a stacked roster featuring stars such as Manuel Neuer, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Mueller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and many others. If nothing else, it will be great for soccer to have such a star-studded team playing a match in the United States.

It's possible that Bayern will only use their stars sparingly, but even a match against Bayern's reserves would be a massive challenge for the MLS All-Stars.

Even though the odds of beating Bayern look bleak right now, the MLS has a history of success in the All-Star Game. According to OptaJack, the MLS All-Stars have a 5-4 record in All-Star Games against international opponents since 2005.

The MLS All-Stars have dropped four of their past five with their only win coming against Chelsea in 2012; however, they will undoubtedly be up for match against Bayern.

Regardless of the result, bringing in an elite team like Bayern Munich is a major coup for the MLS and American soccer as a whole.   

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