Socceroo Tim Cahill says the experience of being part of the MLS All-Stars side which will take on Bayern Munich in Portland on Wednesday is “awesome”.
Fresh from starring at the 2014 World Cup with Australia, Cahill was selected by All-Stars coach Caleb Porter for the glamour fixture.
Cahill was part of last year’s squad but missed the game due to injury and told reporters he was excited to get on the field this time around.
"It’s awesome,” Cahill said. “I think for me, I really wanted to be here.
"It’s my second time - last time I couldn’t play, but to be a part of it, just the little things in training, the quality of the players, we just did a little 5 v 2 and a few drills and it was exceptional.
“It’s nice to be here to represent your club and also the league and it’s going to be a tough game against a very good opposition in Bayern Munich.
“For me, it’s all about playing football against the best and this is the opportunity."
Germany’s triumphant 2014 World Cup stars along with Arjen Robben will link up with the rest of the squad, including Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski, in Portland for the match.
Meanwhile, Cahill will line up alongside Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey on the All-Stars side.
“It’s great to meet up with Landon again and Clint Dempsey,” Cahill said.
“A lot of these boys, the quality is really, really impressive and I feel that’s the most important thing.
“When you put players like that together, there’s a mutual respect and also an understanding of football, the way it’s played."
It’s been a busy schedule in recent months for Cahill, having played seven league games and one friendly against Arsenal since returning to New York after the World Cup.
Cahill’s Red Bulls have 12 regular season matches left in 2014 ahead of the Asian Cup, and the Australian knows he needs to balance his workload.
"We’re wary of the fact that we’ve got games on (Sunday) and I’ve played like eight games in the last three weeks so I’ve just got to make sure the body’s okay after these games, as well, to continue for the domestic league," Cahill added.
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) August 5, 2014