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MLS Offseason Transfers

The MLS season is no yet over with four clubs still playing for the MLS Cup title but for teams already in holidays, moves and rumours are being revealed. 

New York City FC will miss the best striker that has ever wore the club’s jersey. The Spaniard, David Villa, leaves New York with an impressive record of 80 goals in 124 MLS appearances.

Villa reacts to the news:

“I can only say thank you, thank you to everybody. First, to City Football Group that gave me the opportunity to come here. To NYCFC and MLS for accepting me. To everybody at the Club who helped me day-by-day.

Thank you to the people in the offices, the people working with the team and the coaches and staff. Thank you to my teammates – without them it would have been impossible to be successful. And, thank you to the people working in the media that always gave me the respect and the love.

“Obviously, our fans. I remember the first day I showed the jersey and the supporters were there. I would have liked to give the supporters the MLS Cup, but I don’t have any doubts that in the next years the Club will get it for sure.

“My experience here was amazing. It gave me everything as a soccer player, as a person, and as a family man. I’ll always remember this experience with love. My heart is here and I’m an NYCFC supporter forever.”

The Chicago Fire will be able to count on the German 2014 World Champions for another season with big expectations. 

Schweinsteiger shared some words following his signature:

“Let’s raise a trophy. I believe in this Club and I believe that we can be champions. 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. I will see you in Chicago next year.”

Schweinsteiger has made 55 regular season appearances (53 starts), posting 7 goals, 12 assists.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club President and General Manager Nelson Rodriguez added: “In a lot of ways Basti has come to embody our Club, the prototypical Fire player and the spirit of Chicago: industrious, intelligent, enthusiastic, talented and world-class.

His return demonstrates our continuing effort to build a championship program, both on and off the field. His return demonstrates our continuing effort to build a championship program, both on and off the field.”