Schweinsteiger's Bayern-Chicago Fire tribute game draws 75,000

Bastian Schweinsteiger  got a hero's welcome and played one half each for his former and current team in Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over the Chicago Fire as 75,000 fans came out for his testimonial game in Munich's Allianz Arena. He scored for Bayern late in the game.

The 2014 German World Cup champion, who joined Bayern's youth program at age 14, spent 13 seasons with Bayern's first team before joining the Chicago Fire via Manchester United in 2017. The 34-year-old Schweinsteiger has played nearly 50 games for the Fire, with seven goals and 14 assists, but hasn't come close to his goal of winning a championship in Chicago.

The Fire is in 10th place of the 11-team Eastern Conference. But the Munich event focused on the glory days, when Schweinsteiger won eight Bundesliga, seven German Cups, and one UEFA Champions League title with Bayern.

Serge Gnabry and Sandro Wagner scored for Bayern while Schweinsteiger played for the Fire. With Bayern in the second half, Schweinsteiger scored the final goal in the 84th minute after Arjen Robben scored the third.

“I’m one of you and I will always be one of you,” Schweinsteiger said in his postgame speech to the chants of “Fussballgott, Fussballgott!” (soccer god).

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