German Soccer Legend Bastian Schweinsteiger Signs Deal With The Chicago Fire

Ford Springer | Contributor

Legendary German soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger is going to become the latest European superstar to cross the pond and play in the MLS.

(Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

(Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Schweinsteiger has signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Chicago Fire, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday. The Fire acquired the midfielder from the prestigious Manchester United club, to bring in some international star power and boost their own club from the bottom of the MLS standings.

Like many soccer legends have done in the past, the longtime German national team and Bayern Munich player will wind down his impressive career in the United States. His $4.5 million deal with Chicago makes him one of the 10 highest-paid players in the League.

(Photo credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

“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,” Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez said of the World Cup champion. “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.”

Schweinsteiger spent 13 seasons with elite German club Bayern Munich before spending just one season with Manchester United in England. He has played in 121 games for the German national team, including their Wold Cup final victory in 2014 against Argentina.

(Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

“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 via the Chicago club. “My move to Chicago Fire is no different. 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.”

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