2020 (CHICAGO FIRE FC): Played in all 23 matches (22 starts) for the Chicago Fire FC during the 2020 MLS Regular Season. His team-leading 12 goals were strong enough to finish tied for second place on the MLS scoring table, tied with Seattle Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz and Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zardes ... Scored in the 3-4 loss to New York City FC on Nov. 8 ... Scored the Fire's opening goal in the 2-2 with Minnesota United on Nov. 4 ... Went the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 tie with Nashville SC on Oct. 31 ... Scored the lone goal in the 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Oct. 28 ... Scored his ninth goal of the season in the 2-2 tie with New York Red Bulls on Oct. 24 ... He has now scored seven goals in the Club's last nine games... Scored a goal in 90 minutes played in the 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City on Oct. 17 ... Went the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win against D.C. United and the 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Oct. 7 ... Scored a team-high seventh goal in the 2-2 tie with the Montreal Impact on Oct. 3, extending his scoring streak to five consecutive games (tying David Accam, 2017) ... Scored and played 67 minutes in the 2-0 win against Atlanta United on Sept. 27. Berić has scored a goal in the Fire’s last four matches and leads the team with six goals on the season. The four game goal streak is tied for the second-longest in Club history ... Opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season in the 4-0 win against the Houston Dynamo on Sept. 23 ... Converted a penalty kick earned by Miguel Navarro just after the start of the second half in the 4-1 loss to Orlando City SC on Sept. 19 ... Scored his third goal of the season and also had an assist on Djordje Mihailović's goal in the 2-2 tie with Columbus Crew SC on Sept. 12 ... Recorded 31 minutes in the 2-1 loss to New England on Sept. 6 ... Started his ninth consecutive match and played 90 minutes in the 0-0 win against FC Cincinnati on Sept. 2 ... Registered two shots on goal in 66 minutes played in the 3-1 loss against NYCFC on Aug. 29 ... Went the full 90 minutes in the Chicago Fire's return to Soldier Field, a 3-0 win against FC Cincinnati on Aug. 25 ... Logged 90 minutes against Columbus Crew SC on Aug. 20 ... Recorded his fifth consecutive start for the Chicago Fire and went he full 90 minutes in the team's 2-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC no July 23 ... Started his fourth straight match of the season and went the full 90 minutes in the Fire's 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on July 19 ... Berić started in his third straight match for the Chicago Fire, opening the team's scoring account in the MLS is Back Tournament with a goal in the 2-1 win against the Seattle Sounders FC ... Berić made his Chicago Fire FC debut on March 1st, 2020 in the season opener against the Seattle Sounders. In his debut with The Fire, he scored his first career goal in Major League Soccer.
How he joined the Club: Acquired as a Designated Player via transfer from AS Saint-Étienne on January 18, 2020. Berić, 28, comes to the Fire with more than 330 appearances in the top divisions in Slovenia, Austria and France. The striker has scored 122 goals in his career, including 12 goals in the UEFA Europa League and four in the UEFA Champions League. Berić will occupy an international roster slot on the Fire’s 2020 roster.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Berić originally began his career in Slovenia, featuring for NK Krško, NK Interblock and NK Maribor from 2007-2013. Ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, Berić transferred to the Austrian Football Bundesliga, signing with Sturm Graz. He scored 12 goals in one season with Sturm Graz, before joining Rapid Wien. In his first season with Rapid Wien, Berić scored 27 goals in 33 league appearances, which ranked as the second-most in the Austrian Football Bundesliga during that year. Additionally, Berić’s 27 goals placed him in 11th place in the 2014-15 European Golden Shoe award rankings. The European Golden Shoe is an award presented to the leading goal scorer in league matches from the top division of every European league. The next season, Berić scored six goals in 10 appearances for Rapid Wien, before transferring to Saint-Étienne in France’s top division. During his time with Saint-Étienne, Berić scored 34 goals in 81 appearances across all competitions, including five goals in the UEFA Europa League. The striker also spent time on loan with Anderlecht in the Belgian first division, making six appearances across all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Internationally, Berić has earned 25 caps for the Slovenia National Team, producing goals in UEFA Euro qualification (2016) and in the UEFA Nations League (2018-19).