World Cup champion Bastian Schweinsteiger joins the Chicago Fire
CHICAGO – The creationg of a new era with the Windy City’s Major League Soccer team just got a major building block.
The Chicago Fire have acquired World Cup champion midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as the designated player, the team announced on Tuesday morning. He comes to the fire from Manchester United, where he has played since 2015.
According to a report from Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, the fire have agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with an option for a second season.
“Throughout my career, I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great. My move to Chicago Fire is no different,” said Schweinsteiger in a statement released through the club. “Through my conversations with Nelson and Pauno, I’m convinced by the club’s vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project.”
Schweinsteiger comes to Chicago with an strong international resume that’s included nearly two decades at soccer’s highest levels of play.
From 2002-2015 he played for Bayern Munich, scoring 68 goals in 342 matches for the team in Germany’s Bundesliga. In 2015, he went to Premier League power Manchester United where he had appeared in 18 games the past two seasons.
Schweinsteiger has also played in three World Cups with the German National Team and helped them the championship in 2014. He’s played in 121 games for Germany and has scored 24 goals.