Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Jerome Boateng and Bastian Schweinsteiger, as well as semi-finalists Arjen Robben and Dante, had all flown into Portland especially for the 2-1 loss to the MLS All-Stars, and one of them caused quite a stir. Before the game, eyes were understandably focused on Götze, scorer of the winning goal in the World Cup final, but after the game, it was Schweinsteiger that was the talk of the town.
Ankle fearsA heavy tackle in the 86th minute from Canadian Will Johnson left the club vice-captain and toast of Germany writhing in a heap on the floor, and Bayern fans’ hearts, be they in Munich or Manhattan, in their mouths. After the game, a wincing Schweinsteiger confirmed that it was "just a bruise", adding that he was "lucky" not to have emerged more damaged. The club’s Twitter account then followed up:
Update on @BSchweinsteiger: He has a bruised ankle but nothing serious. Get well soon, Basti!— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 7, 2014
WanderlustDespite just having come back from a break, Schweinsteiger and his fellow travellers could perhaps do with another one. The 30-year-old added that because of the time differences and the quick turnaround in flights, "staying awake wasn’t easy", while Müller tweeted the following:
Back in Munich. It was an interesting experience to travel in the US, play football und sleep twice in the airplane. pic.twitter.com/1sfVRM3JZG— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) August 7, 2014