KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - JULY 05: Florian Lechner poses during the Second Bundesliga team presentation of Karlsruher SC at the Wildpark Stadium on July 5, 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The New England Revolution have signed German fullback Florian Lechner on a free transfer from Karlsruher SC. The versatile defender will provide much-needed defensive cover for the Revolution in 2012.
The New England Revolution have announced the signing of versatile German defender Florian Lechner on a free transfer from German 2. Bundesliga club Karlsruher SC this morning. "Flo" will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa. Per league and team policies, further contract details will not be disclosed.
"We believe Flo will be a solid addition to our defensive corps and he adds versatility and depth to that group," General Manager Michael Burns said. "We were pleased with how Flo adapted to MLS' style of play and how he interacted with our players when we was with us in Tucson during preseason."
Lechner made 12 league appearances and two cup starts for Karlsruher in the second half of 2011 before looking for a new home in 2012. Prior to that, he began his career in the Stuttgart youth system, making over 60 appearances for the Stuttgart II squad. In 2004, he moved to FC St. Pauli, where he linked up with American Ian Joy and helped the club gain repeated promotion all the way to the top division, the 1. Bundesliga for the 2010-2011 season. Lechner made over 100 appearances for the club from 2004-2011.
A natural right fullback who can nevertheless play anywhere across the back line, Lechner joined the Revs for the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament last month whilst on trial. He showed pretty well in limited minutes, appearing at both right-back and center-back.
The Revolution will be back in action on Saturday, March 17th at 8:30 PM, when they travel to the American Heartland to take on Sporting Kansas City.