Shawn Barry in action with LASK Linz
Courtesy of LASK Linz

American Exports: Shawn Barry moves to Germany, signs with 2.Bundesliga's FSV Frankfurt

AMSTERDAM – The 2.Bundesliga has a new American in its ranks, with FSV Frankfurt snapping up LASK Linz defensive handyman Shawn Barry on Friday.

The Florida native signed a three-year-deal, much to the delight of Frankfurt boss Tomas Oral. 

"Shawn is a very versatile player," Oral told the official FSV website. "I can play him on both the left and right. I have observed him for a while. He is a robust player who also has his offensive qualities."

The 25-year-old, who worked all along the back line during five seasons with Linz, appeared in two Austrian Bundesliga matches and 49 more in the second flight for the club. Upon his FSV debut, Barry will become the fifth American to suit up for the team, joining Chris Henderson, Kenneth Kronholm, Matt Taylor and Andrew Wooten.

"I want to thank FSV and Tomas Oral for their strong confidence and the opportunity to show myself on the German soccer stage," said Barry. "I will give everything to bring my best in the coming season."

Hoping to build on last season's 13th-place finish, FSV Frankfurt will start the new campaign with a DfB-Pokal first round match at BFC Dynamo on August 7.