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German veteran Alex Meier training with the Philadelphia Union

36-year-old forward played with Marco Fabian, Oka Nikolov and Tranquillo Barnetta during his long stint with Eintracht Frankfurt

Alex Meier in training with the Philadelphia Union on August 7, 2019
Photo by Matt Ralph

German veteran Alexander Meier was in training with the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, sparking speculation that he could be a late season addition to the squad for the stretch run.

While the 36-year-old has had a long and stellar career in Germany — 151 goals in 446 appearances playing for Eintracht Frankfurt, Hamburger SV and most recently FC St. Pauli — he isn’t a logical fit for a team that already has a striking corps of Andrew Wooten, Kacper Przybylko, Fafa Picault and Sergio Santos.

The secondary transfer window closes on Thursday, but since Meier is out of contract with St. Pauli he could be added to the Union roster after the deadline passes.

Meier has several connections to the Union so it’s very possible he’s simply a guest player joining the team for a training stint. At 6-5, he is similar in build to Przybylko, who paired with Wooten in the German-American’s first start since arriving from the 2. Bundesliga in late June. Brazilian striker Sergio Santos, who last made an appearance on July 13, has been back in full training with the team.

During his long tenure with Eintrach Frankfurt, Meier was a teammate of Union assistant coach Oka Nikolov, midfielder Marco Fabian and former Union star Tranquillo Barnetta. His most recent team, FC St. Pauli was home to Fafa Picault before he joined the Union in 2017.