None of the three D.C. United players at the MLS All-Star game started, but all three had a major impact in the second half when they were called upon down 1-0 at the half in a comeback 2-1 upset win over Bayern Munich. At the half, MLS All-Star coach Caleb Porter made ten changes and brought on all three United players in the mass substitution.
The only player who didn't come off at the half was Thierry Henry so he could get his ovation in the second half of what could be his final MLS All-Star game.
United defender Bobby Boswell was the first to impact the game as he had a secondary assist, or the hockey assist if you will, on the MLS All-Star's first goal courtesy of Bradley Wright-Phillips of New York Red Bulls. Boswell also had a defensive clearance, and managed to keep Robert Lewandowski from adding to the score sheet.
Bill Hamid had the greatest impact on the game as he had several key saves, including a dangerous shot from Thomas Muller inside the 18-yard box. Hamid wasn't going to win the Man of the Match, but put in a really solid performance overall, and caught the attention of the announcers and ESPN post-game show.
Defender Sean Franklin might be the forgotten man out of this trio, but he showed up in the second half attacking and defending the right flank like he has all season for D.C. United. Franklin got forward when he needed to and marked U.S. World Cup starlet Julian Green in the second half for a bit.
All-in-all it was a great night for the MLS and a great night for United, that included a game-winning goal from Landon Donovan. It was a very good spectacle for the MLS despite the contentious ending to the game thanks to a rough tackle that upset Bayern manager Pep Guardiola.
The black-and-red have their first post-All Star Game match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at the Rio Tinto Stadium at 10 p.m. ET.