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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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4 Comments

  1. Jim

    March 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    “competition” for Tierney? How bad is this guy??? Also, can he attack? Honestly as long as he is composed on the ball and he can Tlget coward and pass he will be a great addition.

  2. rick sewall

    March 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    The Revs need forwards, especially someone with speed and dribbling skill. They have difficulty scoring goals in the run of play.

  3. phswimmer

    March 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    @JIM check out his youtube highlights…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6nY5Dbbz0A they’re pretty spectacular

    @Rick while quality forwards are a need, depth along the backline is also a huge issue (see what happened in SJ)

  4. Chris B

    March 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    He seems like a great veteran of the Germany leagues and hopefully he can translate that to MLS.

    I’m worried about centerback for KC with Soares questionable, Lozano doubtful and Barnes out.

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