Neal Sayatovich

Crew Target Maik Franz

Created on Jan. 27, 2014 11:18 PM EST

News has leaked that the Columbus Crew are looking to fill a void left by the recently departed Chad Marshall. Sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter has confirmed that talks are underway with 32-year-old Hertha Berlin defender Maik Franz. With Marshall and Danny O'Rourke gone, the Crew are in need of a senior captain.
Franz has been in the Bundesliga his entire career and has made a few appearances on the German national team. With over 250 appearances to date, he has proven a reliable option when needed.
At first it looked like the transfer was nothing but speculation. A club spokesman was declining the notion on Jan. 23, saying the notion was “bogus”. Berhalter confirmed the talks the very next day.
“We've spoken to his agent,” Berhalter told “He's a guy that was identified by us, and he could be a potential target.”
Berhalter explained why Franz would fit well into the squad, “He's physical, he's good in the air, he's played in the Bundesliga for a long time, so he's a good, quality player.”
This move, if successful, would be a positive boost for a young Columbus team. In addition, the experience of a player from Europe could help the heavily North American roster. All that can be done is to wait and see if the Bundesliga veteran comes to America.