Bastian Schweinsteiger made a highly-publicized transfer to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire in March, but he clearly hasn’t fallen in love with his new home. The former Germany captain criticized the league’s quality in no uncertain terms in an interview with German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.
“We all know that this league is just not like the Premier League or the Bundesliga,” he said. “And, of course, it can be frustrating on the pitch at times when … somebody loses a ball or just does not have an eye for the teammate.”
“If you compare it to the Bundesliga or the Premier League, the difference is huge, but I knew what I let myself in for,” he added.
Schweinsteiger made 500 appearances and won the Bundesliga 8 times with Bayern Munich and was on the German side that lifted the World Cup in 2014. He crossed the pond after a season and a half of frustration at Manchester United, where he made a total of 35 appearances. He has started six games and scored twice for Chicago, but the biggest story of his American odyssey thus far came just after his signing, when a hapless reporter asked him if he thought his new club could win the World Cup. A confused Schweinsteiger eventually laughed off the gaffe, but it was considered an embarrassing moment by most in the American soccer community.
Though his comments are sure to rankle many Americans, Schweini did throw his newly-adopted homeland a bone, saying, “MLS has potential, a lot of potential.” Still, you can bet that opposing fans will jump at any opportunity to express their own thoughts about the aging midfielder’s quality of play when he takes the pitch against Seattle next Saturday.