Match Awards for Bayern Munich’s 6-2 win over DC United

As expected, Bayern Munich defeated DC United Quite easily. In each half, Bayern scored two goals early on, then one more later – 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 Part Two. Trailing 5-0 in the second half, DC was finally able to score two goals, the first in the 54th and the second in the 83rd. Match rewards are always tough in friendlies – especially when Bayern play with a different team every half – but we’ll try! Here are our match rewards:

Shirt swap: Theodore Ku-DiPietro

The 20-year-old American scored the second of DC United’s two goals. Ku-DiPietro normally plays for DC’s second team – Louden United of the USL Championship – but was one of many called up for this game. While his goal was caused by a save from Ulreich being pushed back into danger, the young American still had some work to do to get around a defender and Ulreich to put the ball back in the net. It’s something he will probably never forget. As a great honor a BFW shirt swap is, I hope he got to swap shirts with someone from Bayern!

The Bomber: Kingsley Coman

We weren’t sure if Coman would still be in Bavarian red at this stage, but he showed a glimpse of what he can 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 got him behind the defence, his footwork helped him get the ball inside the defender and his passing put his teammates in dangerous positions. Sadly, none of those goals translated into goals for Bayern, but Coman assisted Zirkzee’s goal in the 52nd which made it 5-0 at the time.

Football God: Joshua Kimmich

Although Gabriel Vidović and Sabitzer both played well in the first half (the latter even scoring Bayern’s second goal), it seemed like something was missing in midfield. Kimmich arrived and did exactly what Bayern fans are used to seeing from him: consistency in midfield. Everything seemed to flow better in midfield when Kimmich came on. To be completely honest, I don’t have statistics backed up with observations. It just seemed like there was more normalcy in the game in the second half, and I think it had a lot to do with Kimmich.

The Emperor: Alphonso Davies

Back on an MLS pitch, Alphonso Davies showed North America the progress he’s made in the 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 grown accustomed to, Davies used his speed to chase after defenders and either beat them to the ball or issue a timely challenge to take the ball away. His distribution and ability to move up and down the wing made him a thorn in DC’s side while he was on the pitch. I think we could see Davies’ best season yet.

Master of the match: Sadio Mané

One of Bayern’s newcomers has shown fans why Bayern’s front office and coaching staff want Mane. From the start, Mané showed his speed and attacking skills. He wasted no time getting his name on Bayern’s scoresheet, stepping up and burying a penalty in the fifth minute. The rest of the half, Mané kept DC on their toes, both with attempts to set up his teammates and when he himself would go for goal. He brilliantly put the ball in the back of the net twice more just before half-time but was flagged offside both times. The first time he knew he was gone but still put the ball between the keeper’s legs. Had the game used VAR, the second attempt might have counted, as it was a much closer call and a much better shot on goal. If those 45 minutes are any sign of what’s to come, Bayern fans are in for a treat this season.

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