Bastian Schweinsteiger will always been known for his countless soccer championship victories for Germany, including its 2014 World Cup win, but after reaching what could be considered the top of his career, the soccer champion will be leaving his brief stint in England and coming to the US to join the Chicago Fire.
Schweinsteiger’s fate had been up in the air after his contract with England’s Manchester United ended with both parties losing. Manchester United had moved the player off the field after his results didn’t match expectations, leaving the option to transfer on the table, and rumors of an American transfer to the MLS.
After a series of negotiations between Manchester United and the Chicago Fire, England agreed to release their troubled contract with Schweinsteiger, making it possible for him to hit the field as soon as next week.
“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,” Chicago Fire’s general manager Nelson Rodriguez told reporters. “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.”
“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 an official statement announcing the deal. “My move to Chicago Fire is no different… I’m convinced by the club’s vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project.”