Bastian Schweinsteiger scores in Chicago Fire debut

It was a memorable MLS bow for Bastian Schweinsteiger, who scored 17 minutes into his Chicago Fire debut in a 2-2 draw with Montreal Impact at Toyota Park.

The 32-year-old netted with a powerful header at the far post, converting David Accam’s cross to give the home side a 1-0 lead over their visitors.

“It was a great feeling,” Schweinsteiger said of his goal. “Perfect cross off David, header, it was a good feeling, but I’m a little bit sad, not so happy, that we couldn’t win the game.”

Schweinsteiger only arrived at his new club on March 21 after a disappointing spell as a Manchester United player, and he was unveiled just three days before being given his first start by coach Veljko Paunovic.

The World Cup winner’s opener set the tone for a dramatic affair — the Impact equalizing through Matteo Mancosu before Fire’s Juninho saw red for a second caution.

The numbers were evened up when Victor Cabrera was dismissed for denying a goalscoring opportunity and the Impact looked to have won it through Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla in the 90th minute, only for Luis Solignac to rescue a point for Schweinsteiger and his new teammates deep into stoppage time.


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