Bastian Schweinsteiger open to MLS move; where could he go?

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger is still a Manchester United player but could be on his way to the United States to play in Major League Soccer in January.  The U.S. transfer window has closed, though an international transfer is still possible yet unlikely. Schweinsteiger has said he would like to try and salvage his career at Old Trafford.

“Of course, my absolute dream would be to play for Manchester United and help them reach the goals they have.

“The transfer window is closed in the USA so I’m not going there now. It’s my dream still to play for Manchester United and if I get a fair chance, I believe in it.

“I played in the semi-finals of the European Championship as part of the world champions’ team, and I believe in my ability and dream of helping United.

“I think up to my suspension last year, things were going well for me, then I had two unfortunate injuries.But as I said, it’s my absolute dream and goal (to play for United again), but we’ve got to see what the situation is.”

Schweinsteiger has not been a part of any of Mourinho’s plans this season but the World Champion believes he still has something to prove at United. Injuries could push the German into a first team role but no major injuries in the centre midfielders have occurred this season. Mourinho seems reluctant to allow Schweinsteiger any chance yet the Portuguese manager has given players of a similar age a life in the first team (Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick). Schweinsteiger says that he does not have any complications with Mourinho personally. 

“Of course, we have had talks and I have no problem with Jose Mourinho. We had a good chat and he told me his side of things and I also know what I want.

“We’ve got to wait and see how things go in September and October, but there is respect between us and that’s important for me. I’m certainly not going to stop playing football.”

Mourinho said last week that he does not plan to let any players leave by the end of the transfer window. This could include Schweinsteiger, who Mourinho might hold onto if any injuries are to arise in the long season. However, a report from the Daily Star claims Mourinho attempted to send away Schweinsteiger but the midfielder refused. Schweinsteiger announced that United would be his final European club, which begun the speculation of the move into MLS.

MLS is a different organization compared to the Premier League and other leagues in Europe. It is a single entity league and avoids allowing teams to consistently sign big players to keep the league’s competition more even.  There are “discovery rights” which allow teams to essentially call dibs on a player overseas that they are interested in signing. The Chicago Fire owns the discovery rights for Schweinsteiger but they could trade them. The Fire is not having a strong season but the addition of Schweinsteiger might aid them next season. Another club now in need of a holding midfielder is the Los Angeles Galaxy. Nigel de Jong is on his way to Galatasaray after a brief stint in LA, Steven Gerrard’s contract runs up and the end of the year and captain Robbie Keane could extend his stay in LA. This all frees up a spot for a “designated player,” someone who makes a larger salary compared to that of his teammates. Each team is permitted a maximum of three. The Galaxy generally has three because of the club’s stature in the league. It is unknown where Schweinsteiger would go in MLS but both these clubs provide great options for the former Germany captain. For now, he will still be with United in England, but by 2017, he could be in America.  

“The USA is certainly an option, should it come to that.”

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