Saturday’s international duty gave a little break for the Chicago Fire. USA vs Honduras was a much-anticipated game which left the fans on their feet for the entire duration of the game, 90 minutes. A 6-0 win which was much needed, three points for the United States which put them up to fourth place ahead of Trinidad and Tobago due to goal difference. Clint Dempsey being sidelined last year from an irregular heartbeat scare made his way back with a bang. Dempsey scoring in the 32nd minute then ending the game with a hat trick. Christian Pulisic stole the show, though since he’s only 18 years-old and getting two assists and one goal. This USA game gave the Fire a week to prepare themselves for a match against Montreal Impact. Now with the new addition of Bastian Schweinsteiger, the midfield is stacked, having Dax, Juninho, and Bastian resulting in the best midfield the Fire has had in awhile. This gives time for the Fire to re-group from their 4-0 loss against Atlanta. Having lost Johan Kappelhof to a red card, he will not be playing next Montreal Impact. This is another hit to the men in red losing a valuable key to the team.
Many people are excited about Bastian, but there are other people that think he won’t be as good, and some that just don’t know the history of soccer of the Chicago Fire. People are comparing him to other Fire legends and say he won’t be good compared to other legends of the past. Some stated “ You know why he came lol! Retirement”, “ Will not be better than Blanco”, “ Scraps, poor MLS”, “ Too old to play, why spend money”. Now, by all means, Chicago Fire had many legends Piotr Nowak, C. J Brown, Brian Mcbride, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Ante Razov, Chris Armas, Frank Klopas, Lubos Kubik, Hristo Stoichkov and the list goes on and on. Yeah, Bastian will not beat half of them, I mean they played for different positions, well most. But one legend that I’ve noticed people comparing him the most to is Cuauhtemoc Blanco. Now as a Fire fan, I loved the Blanco I was a huge fan of Blanco when he played in Club America and was excited when he joined the Fire. The Fire has not had a player like that in a while. Now don’t get me wrong (Magic) Mike Magee and David Accam made big impacts to the Club but nothing compared to Cuauhtémoc Blanco. Then there are people saying he’s too old for the Fire, well let’s see. Bastian is 32 years old, Stoichkov was 34 years old when he joined the Fire, Cuauhtémoc Blanco most compared to Bastian Schweinsteiger was 34 when he joined the Fire, hence the arguments of people claiming Schweinsteiger is too old are invalid. Others say Bastian is way too slow to help out the Fire. But, for all the fans who were around during the Blanco era would know a soccer player doesn’t need speed to make a difference, skills, and experience do. Blanco was not the fastest on the pitch but his eye for passing as well as his accuracy on his shot sure made up for it. Even though he was the slowest on the pitch, no one could take the ball away from him, his skills balanced out the lack of his speed. We’ve seen what Pirlo has done in New York City and he is also not the quickest. So, what I’m trying to say is speed is not an issue for a world class player. Altogether, it is easy to say one thing when someone doesn’t know what Bastain is capable of. We will just have to wait for until he receives his visa and starts playing for the Club. Hopefully this upcoming match against Montreal Impact Saturday at home.