On Saturday, April 1st one of the most anticipated games yet for the Fire against Montreal Impact started silent but ended with the fans roaring on their feet. Bastian Schweinsteiger the newest member of the Chicago Fire had his debut with the Fire, starting in a 4-4-3 formation. Schweinsteiger played alongside Dax McCarty and Juninho and with Nikolic, Alvarez and David Accam playing in the attack. The first 17 minutes were slow for the Fire until a cross sent by David Accam was headed into the back of the net by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Fire quickly picked up their pace but that one goal lead didn’t last so long when Montreal Impact forward Matteo Mancosu scored in the 61st minute to tie the match. Just ten minutes after Juninho received his second yellow of the match and was sent off. With twenty minutes left in the game, Chicago fire subbed in Luis Solignac for Hungarian Nemanja Nikolic followed by an injury that forced Michael De Leeuw to be subbed and being replaced by homegrown player Daniel Johnson making his first MLS appearance. In the 80th minute just five minutes after receiving a yellow Montreal Impact defender Victor Cabrera was sent off with receiving a second yellow. Having both teams a man down it was once again even, except Montreal Impact were down a defender. Chicago Fire kept attacking getting through Montreal’s defense. 90th minute Ballou Tabla scored making it 1-2 for Montreal Impact, While some Fire fans believed there was no way to come back many were still on their feet chanting, not giving up on the Fire. Luis Solignac the unsung hero brought the Fire up to a 2-2 draw in stoppage time.
Bastian certainly shushed a lot of critics saying he’s too old and slow to keep up with the league. Bastian receiving the man of the match having his first goal for the men in red. Bastian’s passing was pitch perfect having 68 passes with 87% pass success definitely proved to the critics that age is truly nothing but a number. Montreal Played a tough game but at the end Couldn’t put out the Fire. Stay tuned for next home game against Columbus Crew, Saturday, April 8th to see what Bastian Schweinsteiger and the men in red have in store for us.