"With your addition to this team, is it a fair expectation to see a clear pathway towards a World Cup [trophy coming to] Chicago?"

That was a question posed to Bastian Schweinsteiger this week as the German legend was this week presented to the media as a Chicago Fire player for the first time.

"Let me rephrase. Do you expect, now that you're here, Bastian, that a World Cup goal for Chicago Fire is a realistic expectation?" was what immediately then followed after rather confused looks from Schweinsteiger and the officials alongside him.

That unseen voice caused a viral stir around the internet on Thursday as the outdated 'LOL Americans know nothing about soccer' jokes exploded out of the shadows to which they have increasingly been confined.

And it belonged to Derek Henkle, a journalist who describes himself as a 'video reporter covering news and features from the US midwest'.

Henkle, as you might expect, is happy to admit that he's not a soccer journalist by trade. He was there as a 'general assignment video reporter' for global news agency AFP to cover what was a huge local story in his region.

He was, he later told the Daily Telegraph, simply "seeking facts at a press conference" as the subjects his job asks him to report on can be anything from "presidential politics to science".

"I'm truly sorry if I offended anyone," Henkle said.

"I get that I named the wrong trophy and greatly appreciate Schweinsteiger attempting to clean up the question for me. It was a classy move. My question missed its mark, but it has allowed me to become better educated on the ins and outs of soccer.

"I may have been one of the only general assignment guys in the room - but I believe, like a lot of Chicago, that Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival presents an amazing opportunity for those of us who want to experience soccer to more fully embrace the sport."

He also told local sports news CLTV in Chicago "At first I thought the question was lost in translation. Really it's that it was just lost in my brain in terms of not having knowledge and what the appropriate cup was to ask about.

"What I was trying to get at was, I wanted to know if we could expect big trophies.

"It's been quite a tumultuous 24 hours for me. There have been some pretty aggressive things on social media and that sort of stuff. I'm speaking out just to be transparent. I really hope that everyone will accept my apology."

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