Watch the moment an American journalist asks Bastian Schweinsteiger if Chicago Fire can with the World Cup, confusing the German midfielder.
Schweinsteiger joined the MLS side following an unhappy spell at Manchester United that saw him ostracised by José Mourinho.
He has of course won the World Cup with his country in 2014, but as a club side Chicago Fire are not eligible to compete in it.
This is a fact that seems lost on Derek Henkle of AFP, who may have been working on the assumption that the World Cup is similar to baseball’s World Series.
Henkle initially asks:
With your addition to this team, is it a fair expectation to see a clear pathway to a World Cup competition come out of Chicago?
An evidently confused Schweinsteiger seeks clarification from his new head coach Veljko Paunović before Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez intervenes.
Schweinsteiger laughs, perhaps at the revelation that he wasn’t in fact hearing things, before Henkle continues:
Let me re-phrase: do you think now that you’re here, Bastian, that a World Cup goal for Chicago Fire is a realistic one?
At this point, Rodríguez mercifully suggests that the question be answered with ‘MLS Cup’ in place of ‘World Cup’, and Schweinsteiger obliges professionally.