Thursday, August 07, 2014

All Stars Win, and No KC Players Hurt

After failing to win in four of the last five all star games, the MLS All Stars won last night against defending German champion, Bayern Munich. Second half goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan helped the all stars to a 2-1 win after Robert Lewandowski gave the Germans the lead in the first half.

Sporting KC's Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, and Graham Zusi all started for the All Stars and played the first 45 minutes. Collin was partly to blame on Lewandowski's goal, losing the Polish international, but his shot was superb to put the Germans in front. All three exited the game at half time. In the 51st minute the All Stars were level after Wright-Phillips equaled Lewandowski's strike with a nice volley of his own. Then in the 70th minute, Donovan received a cross from Diego Valeri, stayed on his feet and touched a ball past Tom Starke and into the net. Donovan was immediately replaced by Sporting's fourth all star representative, Dom Dwyer. Dwyer played the final 20 minutes, causing some trouble but not really creating much in the way of chances.

The best news of the whole night is that all four KC players made it through the game without an injury or playing too long, the first time since the team rebranded that this has happened. All four will now head straight to Vancouver to meet up with the rest of the team ahead of Sunday's game vs the Whitecaps.

1 comment:

aletheist said...

One minor correction--Neuer was in goal by the time Donovan scored, not Starke.