BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Austin Berry and Marco Pappa scored to rally the Chicago Fire to a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night.Berry headed Pavel Pardo's perfect free kick over Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic from 10 yards out in the 84th minute to give the Fire the lead. Berry, a defender, outmaneuvered two Toronto defenders to position himself for his third goal of the year.Pappa tied the match from close range in the 64th minute, firing a right-footed shot between the post and defender Richard Eckersley. Pappa, a midfielder, took a loose ball in the penalty area when Kocic failed to cradle it, then deked Eckersley before shooting. It was his team-leading sixth goal of the season.The goal made up for Pappa's misplay in the same area in the 16th minute. Aiming for a teammate, he misplayed a pass directly to Toronto's Ryan Johnson. The forward left-footed a hard shot past Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson from 13 yards out for his fifth goal of the year.Chicago (10-7-5), fifth in the Eastern Conference, snapped a two game winless streak. Toronto (5-13-4) played the last 11 minutes plus four minutes stoppage time a man down after defender Logan Emory was ejected for a pair of yellow cards, both for rough tackles.
Bastian Schweinsteiger's time with Manchester United wound down with him being essentially frozen out of the team for an extended period, but he was still happy to see his former teammates win a European trophy on Wednesday.
Man U beat Ajax 2-0 to win the Europa League final in Stockholm. The win sealed a berth in next year's Champions League for the Red Devils.
Despite the way Schweinsteiger's tenure in England ended, the German midfielder has still said positive things about the club since leaving for the Chicago Fire in March. He tweeted out a good luck message to the team ahead of the final.
Paul Pogba scored in the first half and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored in the second half to seal United's win and the trophy to end a season that included a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
Schweinsteiger didn't play in any Premier League matches this season, but his last appearance for the Manchester club was as a subtitute in the Europa League round of 32 at French club Saint-Etienne.
Training with the Fire on Wednesday kept him from watching the whole final, but he said he did watch what he could.
“I’m happy for United," Schweinsteiger said after the Fire's 2-1 win against Dallas. "I’m happy for them. They are a good team and I’m happy they can play in Champions League next year.”