MLS Would Welcome Schweinsteiger With Open Arms, Says League Commissioner

Football Soccer - Germany v Finland - Soccer Friendly - Moenchengladbach, Germany - 31/08/16. Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger reacts after the match.      REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay  - RTX2NQSG

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MLS commissioner Don Garber has revealed that the league would welcome Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger with open arms.

Schweinsteiger left Bayern Munich to join the Old Trafford club in the summer of 2015. But despite being a favourite of Louis van Gaal’s, the German failed to make any major impact at the Theatre of Dreams. He spent a lot of time on the sidelines due to injuries and fitness problems, and eventually lost form.

Following the sacking of Van Gaal, and the arrival of Jose Mourinho, the 32-year-old’s fortunes went from bad to worse, as he was completely banished to United’s reserve team.

The Special One did not see Bastian as a part of his plans, and told the midfielder that he was free to leave the Red Devils. However, Schweinsteiger has remained adamant on staying at Manchester United, claiming that this will be the last club he plays for in Europe.

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His comments have given rise to a lot of speculation, linking him a move away from Europe, and the United States has been deemed as his most likely destination.

His good friend and former teammate Lukas Podolski has already stated that he sees a future for Schweinsteiger in the MLS.

Amid such reports, MLS commissioner Don Garber has publicly opened the door for Schweinsteiger, saying the USA would welcome the midfielder with “open arms”.

Speaking to Kicker whilst on a trip to Germany, Garber revealed: “Of course we follow Bastian’s situation.

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“He’s an old acquaintance in the United States, for example through the 2014 World Cup, when he played against the U.S. team. He also played against the MLS All-Stars with Bayern in 2014.

“We would welcome Bastian with open arms. He would be a leader for our many young players.”

Furthermore, MLS outfit FC Dallas have specifically made their interest in the former Germany captain known.

“He’s a terrific player,” Dallas president Dan Hunt told SPOX. “I have admired him and the success his team had. It’s no coincidence – he’s a winner.

“At the moment, we only have space for one designated player and we wanted to fill this with a striker. Maybe it will change. We will see.”


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