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Bastian Schweinsteiger inks new deal with Chicago Fire

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The Bayern legend to spend another year in MLS

MLS All-Star match MLS All-Stars v Real Madrid
Bastian Schweinsteiger will look to repeat his All-Star performance in 2018 with the Chicago Fire.
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Bastian Schweinsteiger’s storied career will have at least one more chapter in the United States. Schweinsteiger signed a one-year deal with Chicago Fire, the terms of which are undisclosed at the moment. For reference, Schweinsteiger’s 2017 contract was valued at $4.5 million.

The German football legend provided the Fire with a steady midfield presence as he accounted for three goals and six assists in the 2017 campaign. Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez had this to say:

It was a priority to re-sign Bastian and we’re pleased that he will remain with the club. He’s a proven winner who was an integral part of our success in 2017. Bastian’s talent combined with his character and qualities off the field are vital to our squad as we continue to build a championship program.

Schweinsteiger, who was voted captain of the MLS All-Star team that faced Real Madrid last season, played a vital role in helping to establish the Fire as a legitimate contender last season. The Fire, who were MLS basement dwellers in 2015 and 2016, reached the league playoffs before bowing out to the New York Red Bulls in the knockout stage.

Schweinsteiger helped the Fire reach the MLS playoffs in his first season.

Regardless, Schweinsteiger seems to have a sense of unfinished business and a hankering to return to the Windy City.

Last year was a special moment for my career, but it felt incomplete without a trophy. But I am sure we can create another memorable season with the support of our great fans. I love this city, this sport and winning, so I look forward to another season with the Fire as we progress to hopefully another level of success.

During his 16-year club career, Schweinsteiger has amassed 73 goals and 109 assists in 559 first team games. He signed his first professional contract in December of 2002, joining Bayern Munich after four years in their youth system. Schweinsteiger remained with the Bavarian side for 13 years before his move to Manchester United in July of 2015.

Schweinsteiger and the Fire will open the MLS season against Sporting Kansas City at the Toyota Park on Saturday, March 10.