Fan-centric Bayern gearing up for All-Star clash

Portland - FC Bayern München continue to capture the imaginations of the North American public on their whistle-stop US Tour.

Returning stars

Fans have been turning out in their droves to catch a glimpse of the 23-time Bundesliga champions in action, with Pep Guardiola's men already beginning to work up a sweat in preparation for Wednesday evening's must-see clash with the Major League Soccer (MLS)


at Portland's Providence Park (kick-off 18:30 local time).

As ever, hands-on sporting director Matthias Sammer has been keeping a keen eye on proceedings, with the bouncebackability of injury-free defender

Holger Badstuber

a particular highlight for the former Borussia Dortmund stalwart...

… while the younger fans in attendance at the training home of the Portland Pilots have been lapping up Bayern's fan-centric parade, jumping at the chance to get up, close and personal with 2013 UEFA Best Player in Europe

Franck Ribery


Messrs Badstuber and Ribery can be expected to play leading roles when the club bring the curtain down on their Audi Summer Tour in Wednesday's All-Star clash - a game which is also set to feature 2014 FIFA

World Cup winners

Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze and Thomas Müller. "We'll have even more quality once the rest of the internationals return," Badstuber warned. "We didn't have much time in New York for training, but it's definitely the priority now. We have superb conditions here and can train in the morning and afternoon. Sessions like today’s are great."

Check out how FC Bayern have been preparing for the MLS All-Star game on the Bundesliga's

official YouTube channel