That said, it's still possible to see the best German teams easily on U.S. TV, in the Champions League on Fox Sports. (And don't forget that the U.S. roster for that friendly against Germany contains four German-Americans who decided to play for the Stars and Stripes: Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Danny Williams and Terrence Boyd.) What's more, worries over Bayern's Bundesliga preeminence may be exaggerated, considering that Dortmund won the league in the two seasons before this one and nearly raised the Champions League trophy despite having a player payroll less than one third the size of Bayern's. That's a testament to Dortmund's ability to develop its own players, buy smartly and entrust the operation to a charismatic and talented coach, Jürgen Klopp. It should ensure that former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola doesn't have a free ride when he takes over at Bayern this summer.
Whatever ends up happening, the story lines in Germany will be worth watching, to say nothing of the soccer itself. It's enough to make you hope that someone soon revives Soccer Made in Germany for a 21st-century audience.