What They're Saying: Bastian Schweinsteiger

"I spoke to teammates, they liked it in Portland, and I was impressed by the atmosphere there and the ceremony before the game and everything around, it was great to see. I really kept an eye on [the league], and ... my brother was at the game, and I said to him, 'Look, actually this is pretty cool, everything here, so maybe one day I can join MLS. And it happened."

-- German World Cup champion Bastian Schweinsteiger, now in his third season with the Chicago Fire, on how his introduction to MLS at the 2014 All-Star Game piqued his interest in the league. He arrived with his fellow world champions from Bayern Munich the day of the game (and was injured in a tackle by Will Johnson that produced "Handshake-Gate," one of the most memorable moments in All-Star Game history, Pep Guardiola's refusal to shake hands with Caleb Porter.).

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