Bastian Schweinsteiger re-signs with the Fire for 2019: 'Let's raise a trophy'

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s first season with the Fire resulted in a playoff appearance. The second was a losing effort. What will Year 3 bring?

The Fire on Wednesday announced they re-signed the German midfielder as a designated player for the 2019 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Schweinsteiger made $6.1 million last season, according to numbers from the MLS players union.


“Let’s raise a trophy. I believe in this club and I believe that we can be champions,” Schweinsteiger said in a statement. “This American journey has been very special for me and my family. I love being a part of the Chicago Fire, and we appreciate how the city has embraced us with open arms.”

Schweinsteiger, 34, has made 55 league appearances over two seasons with the Fire, scoring seven goals with 12 assists. He had a team-high six assists last season with four goals.


“In a lot of ways Basti has come to embody our club,” Fire President and GM Nelson Rodriguez said in a statement. “His return demonstrates our continuing effort to build a championship program, both on and off the field.”

Schweinsteiger joined the Fire in March 2017 and scored in his MLS debut. That year, the Fire finished third in the East with a 16-11-7 record, including 12-2-3 at Toyota Park, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs with a 4-0 home loss to the Red Bulls.

The Fire dropped considerably in 2018, going 8-18-8 and finishing 10th in the conference in a season marred by injuries and controversy between the club and its supporters.

Thus far, the Fire have exercised team options on Brandt Bronico, Diego Campos, Stefan Cleveland, Elliot Collier, Jorge Corrales, Raheem Edwards and Nicolas Hasler. They declined options on Jonathan Campbell, Drew Conner, Michael de Leeuw, Daniel Johnson, Patrick McLain, Yura Movsisyan and Luis Solignac.

Schweinsteiger was one of three players out of contract. The Fire said they are continuing negotiations with de Leeuw and defenders Johan Kappelhof and Matt Polster.

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