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Chicago Fire to play Bayern Munich in Bastian Schweinsteiger tribute match

Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger plays the ball against Montreal Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti during the first half of an MLS soccer match Aug. 16, 2017, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bastian Schweinsteiger is returning to Bayern Munich — for a half.

The Fire on Saturday announced they will travel to Germany to take on the reigning Bundesliga champions Aug. 28 in a tribute match to Schweinsteiger.

“I’m really looking forward to walking back out at the Allianz Arena and hopefully meeting lots of fans who’ve been there since the start of my career,” Schweinsteiger said in a statement.

The German midfielder, who joined the Bayern Academy at 13 and won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League with the storied club, will play one half for each team. The match will be played three days after the Fire face the Crew at Toyota Park.

“It is a great honor to have been invited to participate in a match with a legendary club such as Bayern Munich and in honoring one of the game’s great champions and sportsmen,” Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said in a statement. “Bastian is deserving of this recognition and we are grateful to both him and Bayern for including Chicago Fire SC.”

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