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Joachim Low calls out Manchester United for misusing Bastian Schweinsteiger

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The big news in Major League Soccer this week is the transfer of German star Bastian Schweinsteiger from Manchester United to the Chicago Fire.

Soccer fans, coaches and players are all weighing in on the move, but none may have better insight into what Schweinsteiger is feeling than Joachim Low, Germany's national team coach.

On Tuesday, Low weighed in on the transfer, which he believes is a good move for the midfielder who won the 2014 World Cup with the German team.

However, Low told ESPN.com that the Fire's gain is a major loss for Manchester United, as he believes the 32-year-old Schweinsteiger still has a lot left in his tank:

"I chatted to him a few weeks ago and he told me that he tried everything and gave it his all," Low told a news conference. "And, yes, there was a glimmer of hope for him at times, he played in a few games. But it appears that he had the feeling he was no longer part of Manchester United's plans."

Indeed, seeing as how Schweinsteiger had yet to make a league appearance for Manchester United, it was painfully obvious that he didn't have a place on the squad.

However, Low said he believes the English squad misused the German star, saying he's seen and heard that Schweinsteiger was actually in good form this season:

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

"I've seen a few United games, and a Bastian Schweinsteiger could have helped in a central role in midfield, organising the match. 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."

Chicago fans will be happy to have the talented midfielder on the roster for the 2017 season, though, and will likely use him in a featured role on the pitch.

Through three games in the young season, the Fire are 1-1-1. After finishing with a league-worst 31 points during the 2016 season, the Fire need help in the worst way.

If Schweinsteiger can bring his elite European skills to the Windy City, he'll quickly become a fan favorite and could even help lead the Fire to a playoff berth that has eluded them for the past four years.

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MLS Eastern Conference
Chicago Fire
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Bastian Schweinsteiger
MLS Western Conference
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