Created on 2014-08-07 at 10:00 AM
From the opening of Bayern Munich's new office in New York to the sold-out match against Chivas in New Jersey to the action-packed MLS All-Star Game in Portland, the US tour has been a long road traveled and a resounding success for FC Bayern Munich. Germany's record champions spent eight productive and busy days in the States, and they can look back at what has been a highlight not only for the fans but for the club as well.
For the club, the tour was a great opportunity to reach a familiar but also a new audience in America. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge addressed the club's US trip in Tuesday's press conference, saying that it was an important step in expanding its international presence, "We've completely fulfilled all our goals and done good service to the Bayern Munich brand. Our plan is to go to certain markets we consider interesting every year, especially the USA and China."
'The atmosphere was unbelievable'
Like their match against Chivas, the game against the MLS All-Stars was another great showcase for Major Leauge Soccer and Bayern to the growing American soccer audience. More than 100 countries around the world broadcast the match and watched the team's World Cup-winning contingent make their return to the field for their club.
Head coach Pep Guardiole echoed Rummenigge's words about the tour in the post-match conference, "Nowadays all the big teams do this. The best way to prepare is to stay in other places to work hard and hold training sessions." Guardiola was also impressed by the atmosphere at Providence Park and the great support for the team on hand, "The atmosphere was unbelievable. It was nice to come here and play in front of the fans and I hope to come back and play here again next time."
Next up for the club is the Allianz FC Bayern Team Presentation 2014 on Saturday, August 9, an event-packed day where the 2014/15 squad will be unveiled to the fans in a sold-out Allianz Arena.