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Bastian Schweinsteiger picks up hip injury in Fire win

Bastian Schweinsteiger picks up hip injury in Fire win

Nearly everything went right for the Chicago Fire on Saturday, but there is a lingering worry after Bastian Schweinsteiger left the 4-0 win against Vancouver in the first half with an injury.

Schweinsteiger fell down awkwardly late in the first half challenging for a loose ball. He later asked to be taken off on the next stoppage of play and was subbed out in the 43rd minute with the Fire already leading 3-0.

The initial report was a right hip injury and that he was day-to-day.

“We still have to see how it looks, but we had to pull him out of the game because he felt a very sharp soreness,” coach Veljko Paunovic said after the match. “He was actually smart when the result was 3-0 he asked for a substitution.”

After the match, Schweinsteiger returned to the field in street clothes and to join his teammates in saluting the sold-out home crowd. He was walking with a slight limp.

Schweinsteiger played 120 minutes on turf in Cincinnati on Wednesday. The Fire will also play on turf this coming Wednesday in Portland.

“We will evaluate in the next couple of days how he recovers and we expect him to be ready for Portland, but we will know more on Monday,” Paunovic said.

His status for that game is unclear, but the team will have some time off after playing in Portland. The Fire won’t play again until July 22 while MLS takes a break for the Gold Cup.

MLS cancels three marquee events in wake of coronavirus, reschedules for 2021

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MLS cancels three marquee events in wake of coronavirus, reschedules for 2021

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the cancelation of three marquee 2020 events in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 MLS All-Star Game, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup have all been canceled, the league announced Tuesday. Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. was set to host the All-Star game on July 29, and MLS said the 2021 event is now expected to take place at the same venue. 

MLS will resume negotiations with LIGA MX with hopes of squaring off in the 2021 exhibition match.

The second annual Leagues Cup tournament was set to occur between July and September, featuring top MLS and LIGA MX teams. The two leagues canceled the event in a joint decision and plan to play the tournament next year.

Similarly, MLS and LIGA MX jointly canceled the Campeones Cup, which features the reigning MLS champion against the LIGA MX's Campeón de Campeones winner. The 2020 event was scheduled for Aug. 12 at CenturyLink field, home of Seattle Sounders FC. It will return in 2021.

 

MLS, U.S. soccer suspend play in response to coronavirus

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MLS, U.S. soccer suspend play in response to coronavirus

American soccer is going on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MLS announced on Thursday they are suspending the season for 30 days in response to the coronavirus. U.S. Soccer later announced that they have suspended men's and women's national team games through April.

The Chicago Fire kicked off their season on March 1 and were scheduled to make their home debut at Soldier Field on March 21. 

The NBA announced the indefinite suspension of its season Wednesday after a Utah Jazz player was diagnosed with the virus. The NHL has advised teams to cancel practices and meetings.