Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was acquired by the Chicago Fire on Monday.
Schweinsteiger, a German star who first learned of Chicago's interest last year, is expected to join the Fire next week if potential hangups with the P1 visa don't cause delays.
The 32-year-old was spotted with Fire manager Veljko Paunovic in November.
"We're adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, and has done so in a way that is consistent with our values," Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez told the Chicago Tribune. "We as a club will now be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level. Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what is known domestically. Now we need to rise to a standard that is set more internationally."