Manchester United outcast and former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will join the Chicago Fire of the MLS.
"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", Rodriguez said.
"Now we as a club need to rise to a standard that is set more internationally".
'Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what is known domestically.
The former Germany World Cup victor has been allowed to leave Manchester United, whose coach Jose Mourinho has largely frozen him out since the Portuguese arrived at the club past year.
Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? He could move to the club by the middle of next week. Since Jose Mourinho arrived ahead of the current campaign Schweinsteiger has fallen further down the pecking order. His trophy-laden spell with the club from 2002 to 2015 included eight Bundesliga titles and the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League crown.
Schweinsteiger has also enjoyed success on the worldwide stage, helping Germany become kings of global football with the World Cup title in 2014. Their lunch ended only when Schweinsteiger expressed concern that Paunovic would miss his flight that evening.
"The conversation was so spontaneous, so natural and so inspiring for both sides", he said.
Schweinsteiger has contributed next to nothing at United, but with crucial games now coming thick and fast for the Reds as they seek success on two fronts, reducing the numbers in midfield may come back to haunt Mourinho.
Schweinsteiger's first start in a year was in the FA Cup against Wigan Athletic in January.
The German World Cup victor will move to the Major League Soccer club on a one-year contract. "He sees (things) that nobody sees". Chicago sports one of the worst attendance figures in MLS, and Schweinsteiger fits the bill of flashy marquee signing.