Lechner Set to Join Revs?

Former trialist Florian Lechner appears set to sign for the Revs. (Photo Credit: Joshua Pearson)

The New England Revolution may finally be getting some much needed help at fullback. German defender Florian Lechner is ready to sign for the Revolution according to a report on Kicker, Germany’s leading sports magazine.

Lechner’s current contract with 2. Bundesliga (German 2nd division) club Karlsruher SC is through June 2013, according the report, but after a management changed at the club the 31-year-old was told he was no longer part of the team’s plans. Lechner, who trialed with the Revolution in Arizona, could provide competition for Chris Tierney at left back or depth for Kevin Alston at right back and serve as a mentor for rookie fullback Tyler Polak.

Lechner generally plays right back, but looked comfortable on the left for the Revs in preseason action. The 5-foot-10 native of West Germany went through the youth system at VfB Stuttgart and played for Stuttgart’s reserves (2001-2004) before transferring to F.C. St. Pauli in 2004.

Lechner played 10 games in the Bundesliga (first division) for St. Pauli in 2010/2011, before signing for Karlsruher in the summer of 2011. In total the German defender has played nearly 200 games in various German leagues, including 117 for St. Pauli.

Should he sign, Lechner would be the 6th international (out of a possible 8 ) on the current Revs roster.

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About Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue has been covering the New England Revolution since 2002 for various publications. He has covered four MLS Cups, in addition to covering various international matches, including World Cup Qualifying and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has done freelance work for the AP and ESPN Boston. Sean hosted Revolution Recap, a weekly radio program covering the New England Revolution and U.S. Men's National Team from 2005-2008. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters. Sean can be reached at nesoccertoday@gmail.com or followed on twitter @SeanLDonahue