Bayern Munich topple Guadalajara, Green sits with injury

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

HARRISON, N.J. – The summer of soccer continued stateside as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich defeated Mexican side C.D. Guadalajara 1-0 at Red Bull Arena.

With the Red Bulls on the road, their home stadium played host to a hotly contested friendly that saw plenty of action. In the end, the German giants proved too much for their opposition.

Coming off of their extended stay in Brazil, World Cup winners Phillip Lahm, Thomas Müller, and Mario Götze did not make the trip to Harrison. However, the German outfit did not disappoint their fans. Fielding a side featuring mostly reserves, the sell out crowd was still treated to seeing some of Bayern’s top talents with the likes of Javi Martinez, Robert Lewandowski, and Franck Ribery in the lineup.

Claudio Pizarro’s 10th minute goal proved to the be the difference. The Peruvian international headed home what would be the eventual game winner off of a Ribery corner to give the Germans the only goal they would need on the night.

While Bayern enjoyed a large portion of the possession, Chivas managed to create some bonafide scoring opportunities on the counter. On several occasions, Bayern required some last ditch defending and remarkable reaction saves from goalkeeper Tom Starke to maintain their one goal cushion.

While the clear-cut chances for Chivas were few, their best opportunity of the night is one that forward Carlos Fierro would surely love to have back. After an Angel Reyna cross fell kindly in the box, Fierro found himself unmarked in the six-yard box with only Starke to beat. But an improbable, sprawling save prevented the would-be equalizer and powered Bayern to the narrow victory.

There was a yet another piece of silverware on the line in this friendly, but for a Bayern side still in the midst of their preseason, the individual performances far outweighed the importance of the final result.

“I am so happy with our performance,” manager Pep Guardiola stated. “We have a lot of young players but we have competed very well. I am so proud.”

For fans of the United States national team, many were hoping to see young starlet Julian Green, but Guardiola stated his absence was not due to his age, but his health.

“Julian [Green] is injured,” he said. “I don’t have a problem to put the young players on the field when they have the talent. He just trained in two or three sessions and he still needs a little bit more. The physios are going to tell me when he’s ready, when he’s fit. So he’ll play as soon as possible. It’s a pity because I know he plays here with the USA national team and all the people expect to see him but he has a little bit of a problem with his knee.”

For a Chivas side that is still in the early stages of their Liga MX campaign, manager Carlos Bustos praised his team’s performance, but lamented the final resulted.

Next up for Bayern Munich is a trip to Portland to take on the MLS All-Stars while Guadalajara will return home to face off against Deportivo Tepic F.C. in a cup match.