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  • 28 Jun
    PORTLAND, Ore. [b]Charles Haley Jersey[/b] . -- Less than three months after he was deemed surplus to requirements by U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann, Landon Donovan offered a timely reminder of his game-changing talents. The Los Angeles Galaxy star celebrated his record 14th all-star selection with the winning goal in a 23-minute cameo Wednesday as the MLS all-stars defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 at the AT&T MLS All-Star Game. "Certainly Ive scored more meaningful goals but it was a lot of fun," said Donovan, who celebrated the goal by grabbing the MLS badge on his jersey. "Im proud to be a part of this league," he said of the gesture. "For many years, those of us that were in this league were sort of looked down upon, for staying here and playing here. "This was a big moment for our league. We understand that the game doesnt count for anything. We know Bayern are in their pre-season and their best players didnt play. But they were still competitive and those guys wanted to win just like we did. And any time you can get a result against a team like that, its good no matter what the circumstances." Donovan, MLSs all-time leading goal scorer with 138, was named man of the match. Bayern sent on seven of its stars in the second half, with six of them coming on with 10 minutes or less left. Manager Pep Guardiola was not happy at some of the all-stars challenges, which produced two yellow cards. The Bayern boss avoided all-stars coach Caleb Porter as he tried to shake hands after the game. Donovans goal in the 70th minute came from a beautiful pass from Portlands Diego Valeri in the penalty box. Donovan fought off two defenders and beat German No. 1 keeper Manuel Neuer from close-range to knot the winner. "I dont know how he saw me," Donovan said of Valeri. "It was a special play for him to get the ball there." "You give Landon a ball like that and hes not going to miss," said Canadian international midfielder Will Johnson, who plays alongside Valeri in Portland. "Great goal, two great players." The goal, Donovans first in an all-star game since 2002, makes him the all-time leader in MLS all-star goals with six (he scored four goals in 2001 and one in 2002). He was also named MVP in 2001. "Hes a great pro and a god person," Australian midfielder Tim Cahill of the New York Red Bulls said of Donovan. "But definitely someone that really carried American football for a long time." The 32-year-old Donovan gave way to Sporting Kansas Citys Dom Dwyer one minute after his goal as Porter emptied his bench. The L.A. forward later explained that with a league game Friday, the agreement was that he play 20-25 minutes. Asked about the meaning of the goal in the wake of his World Cup omission, Donovan smiled. "Im trying to enjoy myself right now," he said. "You know the summer was very tough for me. And Im trying to enjoy playing. And in the last four games Ive been a part of, Ive thoroughly enjoyed and I think when I enjoy it, I play better. So it was a good moment for me." Polish international Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern before a vocal crowd of 21,733 at Providence Park on a glorious night. MLS scoring leader Bradley Wright-Phillips of the New York Red Bulls also scored for the all-stars. "Congratulations for the MLS," said Guardiola, who called the game a good test for his team. "Congratulations to the people of Portland because the stadium was fantastic. The crowd was nice." For all the hype and star power, Wednesdays game was essentially a matchup of an elite club team in pre-season mode and a jury-rigged MLS side. The all-stars had just two workouts ahead of the game and their roster tinkering continued through Tuesday. Bayern was bolstered by the return of eight World Cup stars who made the 12-hour journey to the West Coast this week -- essentially to satisfy sponsors and Major League Soccer. But their presence was felt. German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose Twitter following numbers 1.13 million, received a warm welcome as he entered the stadium and walked pitchside to the Bayern dressing room. To put the Bayern starting 11 in perspective, only one (Austrian defender David Alaba) started for the German side in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid in April. Four of the substitutes that day were in Wednesdays starting lineup. The Bayern bench was a Whos Who featuring goalie Neuer, defenders Dante, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm and midfielders Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mario Goetze, Thomas Mueller and Schweinsteiger. Teenage American defender Julian Green also started on the bench but came on in the 37th minute. Neuer and Brazils Dante came on some 15 minutes into the second half. Boateng soon followed, with Mueller, Lahm, Goetze and Schweinsteiger entering in the 80th minute. Robben came on in the 86th minute. Bayern Munich now heads home for its 2014 team presentation Saturday at Allianz Arena. The team then plays Borussia Dortmund next Wednesday in the Supercup. Bayern led 1-0 at the half thanks to some heroics from goalie Nick Rimando. The all-stars defence collapsed in on itself several times in the first 45 minutes, allowing for good scoring chances. Porter switched 10 players at the break but waited a minute or so into the half to bring Donovan on. He replaced Red Bulls star Thierry Henry, who had some stellar moments in the first 45 minutes. "For him to play in a game like this with that sort of intensity and that sort of commitment says a lot about who he is as a player and a person," Donovan said of Henry. "Because he could easily have played this game and not cared. And he absolutely cared. He was tackling, he was running, he was chasing guys. "I told him its an honour to be subbed in for him. Hes had an unbelievable career. I was proud to come on for him." Said Porter: "Well none of us know his future, right? But I felt he (Henry) deserved that tribute at the start of the second half no matter what his future is. Hes been great for the league." Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley was chosen as part of the Fan XI in online and social media voting. Porter fleshed out the rest of the roster. Bradley started and had a quiet 45 minutes, his passing radar a little off. The U.S. international was not reading too much into the result, but said he enjoyed his all-star debut as an MLS player. "The whole atmosphere and the energy surrounding the game was special," he said. Johnson, captain of the Portland Timbers, came on in the second half. The vocal fans in self-proclaimed Soccer City U.S.A. showed him plenty of love throughout the night, while loudly booing Clint Dempsey and the other Seattle all-stars. After banners were unfurled and cannons and fireworks set off, the game kicked off before a loud crowd. Dempsey and fellow Sounders striker Obafemi Martins started up front, with Henry and Graham Zusi on the flanks and Cahill and Bradley in central midfield. Lewandowski put on a show in the 33rd minute, dancing over the ball in the all-stars penalty box, freezing Yedlin before passing to a teammate. Rimando prevented a goal in the 28th minute, acrobatically clawing away a close-range shot from Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri. The 36-year-old Henry showed his class in the 41st minute, controlling the ball with his foot and then thigh before sending a volley from well outside the penalty box just over the crossbar. Wright-Phillips tied it up in the 51st minute with a left-footed rocket that beat goalie Tom Starke, who ranks no higher than No. 3 on the Bayern goalie depth chart, from just outside the penalty box. Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was shown a yellow card for a 64th-minute foul on Shaqiri that had Guardiola complaining from the sideline. Johnson was carded in the 89th minute. "Im not talking about that," Guardiola said of the cautions. The Bayern manager suggested that Schweinsteiger may go home with some sort of knock from the Johnson challenge. He was clearly upset as the game ended, avoiding Porter as the all-stars coach tried to chase him down to shake hands. "Coaches get heated," said Porter, downplaying the Bayern bosss apparent displeasure. The all-stars are now 6-4 against touring teams since 2005, with losses to Roma, Manchester United (twice) and West Ham. Bayern, the first German team to take on the all-stars, won the Bundesliga in 2013 for the 24th time, while winning the German Cup and reaching the Champions League semifinals. The German side opened its North American tour last Friday with a 1-0 win over Chivas Guadalajara at the home of the New York Red Bulls. [b]Randy White Jersey[/b] . There is no argument that the line of Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Thomas Vanek was one of the hottest in the NHL leading into the post-season, and they did combine for three goals and seven points, but it was the depth of all four lines that helped propel Montreal. [b]Connor McGovern Cowboys Jersey[/b] . -- With his team down 16 points in the second quarter and headed for another blowout loss at home, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson yelled out to his players to keep shooting and keep fighting on defence.Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Daley Blind and Marcus Rashford are this weeks selected Elite Players, but which one warrants a place in your side? Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Daley Blind and Marcus Rashford are this weeks selected Elite Players, but which one warrants a place in your side?Tottenham v Manchester United is this weekends selected fixture, live on Sky Sports 1HD at 4pm, with Spurs looking to maintain their title pursuit and put a dent in Uniteds top-four hopes. Harry KaneLast match - 71 pointsSeason average - 54.03 pointsTottenhams 22-goal frontman is in top form right now, scoring five goals in his last three appearances, seeing him rack up point hauls of 99 (v Aston Villa), 111 (v Bournemouth) and 71 (v Liverpool) points in his those games. His relentless intent also means he is sure to rack up points for shots on target, while hes also happy to drift into the channels and create chances. However, the Premier Leagues leading scorer is unsurprisingly proving the most popular pick from, meaning looking elsewhere will give you the edge on most players if he fails to fire.Dele AlliLast match - 31Season average - 44.45Englands young star has certainly attracted his plaudits and justifiably so, with seven goals and 10 assists this season. However, he struggled to make in impression against Liverpool last weekend, picking up just 31 points before he was substituted, while hes failed to score in 14 appearances in all competitionss for club and country. [b]Larry Allen Cowboys Jersey[/b]. His advanced role also means that his pass-completion rate is relatively low for a midfielder, so he looks the wild-card pick of the bunch this weekend.Daley BlindLast match - 71 pointsSeason average - 55.57 pointsIf Alli is the wild-card then Blind is the safe bet, as Manchester Uniteds Mr Consistent regardless of where he has been asked to play. He has now settled in as centre-back alongside Christ Smalling, helping United keep a league high of 15 clean sheets, with his ability on the ball seeing him complete nearly twice as many passes as Alli this season. A solitary goal and an average of 0.59 chances create per game are his main detractors, but he still looks a good bet for those expecting Louis van Gaals men to register a third successive clean sheet against Spurs.Marcus RashfordLast match - 26 pointsSeason average - 40.1 pointsAnother 19-year-old makes the Elite Player list, testament to the faith these two clubs have put in their youngsters. Rashford emerged with the most stunning of debuts, scoring twice and claiming an assist to rack up 90 points in Uniteds 3-2 victory over Arsenal in February. While hes struggled to hit the same heights since, he was also one target in the Manchester derby last month. The young striker certainly seems unfazed by the big occasions and the visiting fans will be hoping hell relish the opportunity to boost his sides top-four hosts with another inspired performance. 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