MLS commissioner Dan Garber says that the league would welcome out-of-favor Bastian Schweinsteiger with “open arms” if he wants to leave Manchester United.
Schweinsteiger, 32, has been deemed surplus at Old Trafford by new manager Jose Mourinho after joining the Red Devils last summer while Louis van Gaal was in charge. The former German national team captain is currently not even training with the first team. Garber would gladly welcome the midfielder if he wants to come to the United States and continue his career.
“Of course we follow Bastian’s situation,” Garber said.
“He’s an old acquaintance for the United States, for example through the 2014 World Cup, when he played against the US 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.”
FC Dallas have already shown interested in Schweinsteiger, with team president Dan Hunt saying that he would like to bring him to Texas.
“He’s a terrific player. I have admired him and the success his team had. It’s no coincidence. He’s a winner,” Hunt told German outlet SPOX.de.
“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.”
The Kolbermoor native made 18 league appearances last season for United, scoring one goal. He’s under contract with the Red Devils until the end of the 2017/18 season.