As expected, Bayern Munich defeated DC United quite easy. In each half, Bayern scored two goals fairly early and another late – with goals from Sadio Mané, Marcel Sabitzer and Serge Gnabry in the first half, followed by goals from Matthijs de Ligt, Joshua Zirkee and Thomas Müller in the second half. With 0-5 in the second half, DC was finally able to score two goals, the first in the 54th and the second in the 83rd half. It’s always difficult to give away in friendlies – especially when Bayern play a different team every half – but we’ll try! Here are our match prizes:
Shirt swap: Theodore Ku-DiPietro
The twenty-year-old American scored the second of two goals for DC United. Ku-DiPietro normally plays for DC’s second team – Louden United of the USL Championship – but was one of many called up for the game. While his goal was caused by a save by Ulreich who was again in danger, the young American still had some work to do to go around a defender and put Ulreich back in the net. This is something he will likely never forget. As a great honor that is a BFW jersey swap, I hope he was able to swap jerseys with someone from Bayern!
The Bomber: Kingsley Coman
We didn’t know if Coman would still wear Bayern red at that point, but he showed what he could still do for Bayern. Coming off the bench early in the second half, Coman was a great target for long balls over the top. His speed allowed him to get behind defenses, his footwork helped him put the ball into defenders and his passing game put his teammates in dangerous positions. Unfortunately none of these resulted in goals for Bayern but Coman assisted Zirkzee’s goal in the 52nd minute which made it 5-0 at the time.
Soccer God: Joshua Kimmich
Although Gabriel Vidović and Sabitzer both played reasonably well in the first half (the latter even scoring Bayern’s second goal), something seemed to be missing in midfield. Kimmich came and did exactly what Bayern fans are used to from him – consistency in midfield. Things seemed to flow better through the middle when Kimmich came on. To be perfectly honest, I don’t have any stats backed by observation. There just seemed to be more normality in the game in the second half and I think that had so much to do with Kimmich.
The Emperor: Alphonso Davies
Back on an MLS field, Alphonso Davies showed North America the progress he’s made in less than three years since leaving the league. In addition to the speed he’s always had, Davies seems to have bulked up in the offseason. As we’ve become accustomed to by now, Davies used his speed to run after defenders and either hit the ball or challenge them in time to take the ball away. His spread and ability to get up and down the wing made him a thorn in DC’s side while he was on the field. I think we could see Davies’ best season yet.
Master of the game: Sadio Mané
One of Bayern’s new arrivals showed the fans why the Bayern front and coaching staff wanted Mané. Mané showed his speed and offensive strength from the start. Wasting no time in putting his name on the scoresheet for Bayern, he stepped up and buried a penalty in the fifth minute. For the rest of the half, Mané kept DC on their toes, both with attempts to set up his teammates and when he was about to shoot himself. Just before half-time he put the ball brilliantly into the net twice more but was ruled offside both times. The first time he knew he was substituted but still put the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs. Had the game used VAR the second try might have counted as it was a much closer decision and a far better shot on target. If those 45 minutes are any sign of things to come, Bayern fans have a treat in store this season.