Bastian Schweinsteiger heading to MLS' Chicago Firehttp://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2017/03/21/bastian-schwein
Bastian Schweinsteiger is heading to the MLS' Chicago Fire.(Photo: Lars Baron, Bongarts/Getty Images)CONNECTTWEET 7 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE
Germany’s World Cup winning star Bastian Schweinsteiger has agreed to join Major League Soccer club the Chicago Fire, according to a report published late Monday.
The Chicago Tribune revealed that Schweinsteiger will leave English Premier League side Manchester United with immediate effect and make the switch to the Fire, pending some visa and immigration formalities.
“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 told the Tribune. “We as a club will now be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level.”
The report stated that the 32-year-old, who is married to former world tennis No.1 Ana Ivanovic, will sign a one-year contract that will pay him $4.5 million, with a clause that incorporates the possibility of an extension.
Signing Schweinsteiger, one of the most successful and consistent midfielders of his generation, is a major coup for the Fire, which is seeking to improve upon its disappointing performance in the last two MLS seasons, when it finished bottom of the standings.