They say the victor gets the spoils, and for Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin, one of the spoils of victory was Julian Green’s Bayern Munich jersey.
The jersey exchange from the two young U.S. national team players followed the Major League Soccer All-Stars’ come-from-behind 2-1 win over the visiting German super club.
“This is my boy J-Green’s jersey,” Yedlin said while wearing it in the MLS locker room. “We decided before the game we were going to trade. It’s all good fun. Good game. It was fun to watch. It was fun playing.”
Yedlin was one of three Sounders in coach Caleb Porter’s starting 11, along with Obafemi Martins alone up top and Clint Dempsey as part of a five-man midfield. All played the first 45 minutes and came off at halftime, when Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso subbed on.
All were booed by Portland fans during the introductions, and most times they touched the ball throughout the match.
Alonso was involved in a play that seemed to change the nature of the game, making a hard tackle from behind in the 64th minute. That drew a yellow card, and the fury of Bayern coach Pep Guadiola, who had what seemed to be an angry exchange with Porter, which continued after the final whistle.
“It was the ball in front of me, I tried to anticipate, but I got (there) late,” Alonso said. “That’s OK. Nothing happened. … It’s friendly, but we have to play hard, we have to play with intensity. We did it. We’re very happy for the victory.”
Bayern Munich started by looking like what it is: one of the world’s great clubs.
In the eighth minute, striker Robert Lewandowski got past the MLS defense and fired a one-on-one shot that was stopped by Stars keeper Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake.
However, just seconds later the ball was on Lewandowski’s foot again, and this time he curled a shot over Rimando and into the net, put Bayern ahead, 1-0.
The game continued on as a free-flowing affair for the rest of the half. All three starting Sounders had their moments. Yedlin blocked a shot from Xherdan Shaqiri in the 11th minute, but also pushed forward regularly into the attacking end. In the 26th minute he made a strong run into the box before sending a sizzling ball across the goalmouth. In the 30th minute, Dempsey put a shot on target, but Bayern goalkeeper Tom Starke went down to knock it away at the near post.
Dempsey and Martins and Thierry Henry of New York had several attacking connections with flair, but nothing that made it all the way to the net.
MLS pulled even in the 51st minute, when Bradley Wright-Phillips sent a sizzling shot into the top corner.
Landon Donovan provided the winner in the 70th minute, and was voted the game’s most valuable player.
The four Sounders are expected to return to Seattle on Thursday. The club is off today but will gather again Friday, preparing for their match with the Houston Dynamo on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
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