2020 (CHICAGO FIRE FC): 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).