HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on March 21, 2017. Re-signed on Jan. 16, 2018. Re-signed for the 2019 season on Nov. 28, 2018.
Schweinsteiger is one of the most decorated players in modern soccer. He is a poised central midfielder who has the ability to both drop back to help defend and provide that special bit of extra quality in the final third. He was selected to the All-Star team in his inaugural MLS season and will look to help the Fire rebound from a dreadful 2018.
INTERNATIONAL: Schweinsteiger’s German debut came on June 6, 2004 against Hungary, launching a national team career that would lead to appearances in three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and four UEFA European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016). He holds the German record for most UEFA European Championship appearances with 18, a mark he achieved last summer as captain of Die Mannschaft. His career also includes a World Cup title in 2014. He has retired from international competition, and played his final match for Germany on Sept. 1, 2016. Internationally, he boasts 24 goals in 121 appearances for Germany.
OUTSIDE MLS: As a club player, Schweinsteiger helped Bayern Munich to the UEFA Champions League crown in 2012-13, a year in which he also earned Bundesliga Player of the Year honors. Schweinsteiger won eight Bundesliga titles during his time with Bayern Munich, and also has seven DFB-Pokal (German Cup) championships. In all, the German international has been a part of 23 major domestic and international cups during his playing career, more than any previous player entering their first season in MLS. During his 15-year club career, Schweinsteiger has amassed 70 goals and 103 assists in 535 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.
NOTES: 2017 MLS All-Star.