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United States – Xherdan Shaqiri had to leave the field early after returning to the United States. 19 minutes later, the Chicago Fire’s Basel player against Dallas was substituted with a calf pain.

For Xherdan Shaqiri, returning to the United States to his Chicago Fire club after the national team’s break did not go according to plan. The 30-year-old Illinois star, who was awarded the Major League Soccer captaincy for the first time on Saturday, had to be substituted 19 minutes into the game against Dallas after suffering pain in his left calf.

Then coach Ezra Hendrickson spoke of a precautionary measure. However, this injury is likely due to an increased load. Before being substituted, Shaqiri did not miss a second in four North American League matches, and the Basel player played a total of 155 minutes in the two friendlies last week with the Swiss national team against England and Kosovo. Before moving to the United States, Shaqiri did not play with a rhythm similar to Liverpool or Olympique Lyonnais.

Without Shaqiri, Chicago lacked offensive creativity against Dallas. For the third time in five matches, the team got no more than 0-0.