TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Retirement
Chicago Fire star Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement on Tuesday, calling time on a glittering career that spanned two decades and included eight Bundesliga championships, seven DFB-Pokal titles, one FA Cup, a UEFA Champions League triumph and a key role in Germany's 2014 World Cup win.
The Time has now come: I would like to thank both, you and my teams @FCBayern, @ManUtd, @ChicagoFire and @DFB_Team and of course @AnaIvanovic and my family for their support!— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) October 8, 2019
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/jNSrXGNpxF
After spending most of his club career at Bayern Munich, Schweinsteiger, 35, moved on to Manchester United for two seasons before joining the Fire as a Designated Player in 2017. He would lead the Men in Red for three years, helping them return to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in 2017 after a four-year drought and earning MLS All-Star honors in '17 and '19, captaining the All-Stars vs. Real Madrid on home soil in Chicago two years ago.
Working as a tempo-setting central midfielder early in his Fire days, Schweinsteiger more recently shifted back into central defense, though he also contributed as a playmaker at times. He finishes his run in MLS with eight goals and 15 assists in 85 regular-season appearances (83 starts).