Designated Player

German coach Low lauds Schweinsteiger's "good decision"

Joachim Low

Following the announcement of Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to the Chicago Fire after an up-and-down tenure with Premier League club Manchester United, German National Team manager Joachim Low told a news conference that he believes the 32-year-old former German captain can still contribute at a high level.

In an article published this morning by ESPNFC' Stephan Uersfeld, Low was candid when asked about Schweinsteiger's abilities relative to the playing time he received at his former club.

"His performances in training were very, very good. I've also been told from others," Low told a news conference, according to Uersfeld's article. "The team would have wished for him to help them on the pitch. And I believe that he could have still done that."

As for the transfer itself, Low believes a new opportunity for Schweinsteiger in the Windy City is unequivocally a good move.

"I've seen a few United games, and a Bastian Schweinsteiger could have helped in a central role in midfield, organizing the match," he said. "But the coach made a different decision. He has given it his all, but it wasn't enough. Thus the transfer is a certainly a good decision."

For the full article, which includes commentary from Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness and former Bayern teammate Franck Ribery, click here.