Schweinsteiger joins MLS side Chicago Fire
Ex. World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger signs with MLS side Chicago Fire from Manchester United.
The MLS club confirmed the news on Monday, the German veteran signed a player contract that guarantees him $4.5 million in 2017. Schweinsteiger will link up with Veljko Paunovic’s side next week from Old Trafford.
According to the Chicago Tribune. “Throughout my career, I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great,” Schweinsteiger said in a statement released to the Tribune.
“My move to Chicago Fire is no different. Through my conversations with [general manager Nelson Rodriguez] and Pauno, I’m convinced by the club’s vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project.”
Bastian Schweinsteiger featured in just 4 matches in all competitions under Jose Mourinho this season & didn’t make any appearance in the Premier League. His final outing for UTD came in a Europa League match against Saint-Etienne on February 22.
The German 32-year-old retired from international football last summer, making his final appearance in a friendly against Finland on August 31. After making five appearances at Euro 2016. The midfielder finished his international career with 24 goals in 121 caps, along with six appearances as Germany won the World Cup in 2014.
“We’re adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, and has done so in a way that is consistent with our values,” Nelson said.
“We as a club will now be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level. Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what is known domestically. Now we need to rise to a standard that is set more internationally.”
Paunovic added: “In the locker room, he will be a huge example of a champion. He still is somebody that can show that on the field and [demonstrate] how our guys have to work, prepare, behave, think and work together in order to get to that level.”
Schweinsteiger joins a strong Fire team that already had added U.S. international Dax McCarty, former LA Galaxy star Juninho and Hungary international Nemanja Nikolic since finishing at the bottom of the MLS standings last season.
Four months ago Schweinsteiger was seen having lunch with Paunovic in Manchester, with the coach revealing now that they spoke four hours for a potential move to Chicago.
“The conversation was so spontaneous, so natural and so inspiring for both sides,” he said. “At one point it became a very personal conversation. I think that also helped for both sides to understand how we can help each other and how much value we can get from this for both sides.”
Before joining Manchester United in July 2015, Schweinsteiger had spent his entire Illustrious professional career with Bayern Munich from 2002 to 2015 i.e. 17 years in total with FC Bayern. He won 8 Bundesliga titles, 7 DFB Pokal’s & 1 Champions League title there along with a World Cup title for his Nation which makes him a German Legend.