LANDON DONOVAN’S GOAL in the 70th minute Wednesday gave the Major League Soccer All-Stars a 2-1 victory over German champions Bayern Munich in a friendly marred by rough tackles.
The Los Angeles Galaxy striker took a high centering pass on the run up the middle of the field, eluded two defenders and netted the deciding goal.
“Any time you can beat Bayern Munich, that’s a good beat,” Donovan said. “We came out and played them hard and that was an entertaining game for sure.”
The Bundesliga side opened the scoring on an eighth-minute strike from Robert Lewandowski, who tucked a right-footed blast just under the crossbar.
English striker Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls, a former Southampton and Manchester City forward, answered for the MLS squad in the 51st minute, powering a left-footed kick from just outside the penalty area into the net.
Wright-Phillips is the younger brother of England international Shaun Wright-Phillips of England’s Queens Park Rangers and the son of former England and Arsenal standout Ian Wright.
But after watching a pair of tackles from behind in the late minutes by MLS players in the heart of their season against Bayern players who were in the first stages of pre-season training, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola decided to wave off a post-match handshake with MLS All-Stars coach Caleb Porter.