The German midfielder has gotten off to a good start with the Fire by scoring two goals and delivering an assist in his first four appearances for the club, but he recently confessed that he is still not at his top level in terms of fitness. Part of this is a product of riding the bench for much of two seasons at Manchester United, but he's confident that he will get back into tip-top shape with more MLS matches under his belt.
"I would say around 70 percent," Schweinsteiger told Chicago Fire Weekly when asked where he is at right now. "[There are moments] in the game you feel like you want to do something and you can't really do it because of the energy. I try to, of course, play with my brain. My brain is 100 percent, so that's working, but I feel as a player if you play 20 games in a row you have a better rhythm, feeling for the game. That's what I'm working on."
Schweinsteiger will have another opportunity to improve his fitness and help the Fire pick up another win on Saturday, Apr. 29, when they visit the New York Red Bulls (7:30 pm ET | TSN2 in Canada; MLS LIVE in US).