PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — By the time the MLS All-Star game rolls around on Wednesday night, coach Caleb Porter will have had two training sessions with his All-Stars.
Yes, just two practices to prepare for Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich.
Porter is hoping his side has some fast learners.
"It's a celebration of these players, their careers," said Porter, coach of the host Portland Timbers. "Hopefully, we can make it a competitive game and try to make it exciting with a lot of good attacking players."
Ultimately the game is an exhibition, and Porter said his main job — besides putting on a good show — is to return the players to their teams with no injuries.
The All-Star game is part of a summer exhibition tour for Bayern Munich, which hasn't visited the United States in a decade. The team defeated Chivas Guadalajara 1-0 last Thursday night at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
Winner of 19 straight matches at one point last season, Bayern Munich brings six players from the German national team that won the World Cup this summer, including Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller. But coach Pep Guardiola said not to expect them to play more than about 15 minutes apiece.
The MLS team will also include several players from the U.S. World Cup team that advanced out of the group stage in Brazil, including Seattle's Clint Dempsey and Toronto's Michael Bradley.
"We just played against these players on the biggest stage in the world. I think in the past, the All-Star teams have had only a few days to come together, but it's a little bit different this year because most of us are used to playing together on the national team," said Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who was also on the U.S. national team.
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