Former Germany defender Friedrich joins Chicago Fire

Former Germany international Arne Friedrich has signed a one-year deal with Major League Soccer club the Chicago Fire.

The defender, who won 82 caps for Germany and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups as well as Euro 2008, said he chose the offer from the United States over several others from the Bundesliga and other European clubs.

"I am happy to announce that I will from this moment tie my shoes for Chicago Fire," he said on his website ( on Thursday.

"I am proud to be able to realise my ambitions at a club like Chicago Fire."

Friedrich, 32, had joined VfL Wolfsburg in 2010 but underwent back surgery and has not played since dissolving his contract voluntarily last September.

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