Chicago ‘to win World Cup’ ques­tion stumps Sch­we­in­steiger

New Straits Times - - Sport -

CHICAGO: An un­ex­pected ques­tion about the pos­si­bil­ity of Chicago Fire win­ning the World Cup wrong­footed Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger as the German star was for­mally un­veiled to Ma­jor League Soc­cer on Wed­nes­day.

The iconic mid­fielder was all smiles as he talked about the lat­est stop in a ca­reer which has seen him lift the World Cup with Ger­many as well as the Cham­pi­ons League with Bay­ern Mu­nich.

But the 32-year-old was mo­men­tar­ily puz­zled by a ques­tion from a video jour­nal­ist work­ing for AFP who wanted to know if the “World Cup was a re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tion” for Chicago Fire now that Sch­we­in­steiger had joined the fran­chise.

As Sch­we­in­steiger sought clar­i­fi­ca­tion over the ques­tion, Chicago gen­eral man­ager Nel­son Ro­driguez promptly in­ter­vened.

“We as a club don’t play for the World Cup, we play for the MLS Cup,” Ro­driguez said.

Sch­we­in­steiger then diplo­mat­i­cally re­sponded with a gen­eral re­ply about his com­pet­i­tive mind­set.

“I al­ways be­lieved that you can win the game even if it’s against the best team in the world,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing’s pos­si­ble.”

Derek Hen­kle, the video jour­nal­ist who asked the ques­tion, later said his ques­tion “missed its mark.”

“As a gen­eral as­sign­ment video re­porter, clearly I didn’t re­alise that Chicago Fire couldn’t qual­ify for the World Cup.

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