Schweinsteiger joins list of Fire players to find net in club debut

Bastian Schweinsteiger made a grand arrival to Chicago's O'Hare Airport on Tuesday, and managed to match that excitement with his goal and Man-of-the-Match performance in a 2-2 draw with Montreal Saturday at Toyota Park.

In doing so, Schweinsteiger became part of a short list of players in Chicago Fire history to score a goal in their debut MLS regular season match with the club, a list that now includes only 12 players from the Fire's 20 seasons. The noteworthy club also includes Bulgarian legend and FC Barcelona great Hristo Stoitchkov, who scored twice in his debut on March 18, 2000. 

Of this list, Mike Magee sits alone as the only Fire player to score in his first four MLS games with the club, while Diego Chaves (3), Josh Wolff (2) and Robert Earnshaw (2) managed to score in their next game as well, so eyes will be on Schweinsteiger to see if he's able to put together a small streak Saturday (April 8) when Columbus Crew SC visits Toyota Park (1 p.m. | TICKETS). 

Watch the video above for a complete collection of the first nine players to score on their debut and click here to watch Schweinsteiger's 17th-minute header vs. Montreal. 

CHICAGO FIRE DEBUT GOAL-SCORERS

DATE PLAYER OPPONENT MLS DEBUT?
3/21/1998 Roman Kosecki at Miami Yes
3/21/1998 Richie Kotschau at Miami Yes
5/23/1998 Josh Wolff vs. Colorado Yes
3/18/2000 Hristo Stoitchkov (2) at Dallas Yes
5/5/2001 Eric Wynalda vs. Tampa Bay No
3/19/2011 Diego Chaves at FC Dallas Yes
8/3/2011 Pavel Pardo vs. Philadelphia Yes
5/4/2012 Austin Berry at Chivas USA Yes
6/2/2013 Mike Magee vs. D.C. United No
3/9/2014 Benji Joya at Chivas USA Yes
8/23/2014 Robert Earnshaw at Toronto FC No
4/1/2017 Bastian Schweinsteiger vs. Montreal Yes

 

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