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Ex-Hertha, Wolfsburg star Friedrich excited about Chicago Fire career

Arne Friedrich has revealed his reasons for deciding to join Chicago Fire earlier this month.

The 32-year old former Germany international defender signed with the Fire after being released by VfL Wolfsburg and has admitted that living in the USA, particularly in Chicago, is a major reason for continuing his career away from Europe.

"I had a very good time and long time in Europe," Friedrich said.

"I decided to come here because I love America. I've been many times here with my girlfriend for vacation in many parts and areas of America. A few weeks ago I went to the city, and it was absolutely nice. I like it.

"I fell in love directly with the city. It's absolutely nice. Then I met the staff here and the trainer and they took very good care about me, so this was the reasons why I came here."

And Friedrich was expecting to have a successful 2012 season with his new club as he feels he is surrounded by a good group of people.

"My first impression here about the team is it's a very good team," the ex-Hertha Berlin man added.

"It's very good people. I need to know each person, but I guess it's going to be a good season for us."

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