Bayern Munich and the MLS All-Stars are holding practices with fans watching today at Providence Park. The players met with media today before the USA session, and here’s a quick look at some of what three of the four Sounders had to say:
On the all-star game concept, which doesn’t exist in the EPL: I don’t really know a lot about the All-Star team. But at the same time, the fact that I’m here in MLS now, playing in the league, I understand better now. I think it’s a big opportunity for the players that will be playing tomorrow on the All-Star team. I’m grateful for the fact that I’m here. There are a lot of players … that are not here. We’re happy that we’re hear and we’re looking forward to playing against Bayern Munich, so it’s big for us.
On this All-Star experience compared to his first one in Philadelphia: his first at Philadelphia: It’s different. Here in Portland, playing in front of their fans. It’s a good thing for me, you know? I’m very happy to be here representing MLS. I’m very happy to be playing Wednesday night. … It’s going to be tough game. But you have to enjoy. We have to play our best for the fan and for us.
On teammate Clint Dempsey’s idea of MLS returning to a conferenve-vs.-conference All-Star game instead of MLS vs. international powers: I like the German competition. I think it brings great expose to the United States. If people aren’t soccer fans, they’ve definitely heard of Bayern Munich.