The Newest Red Bull: Saer Sene
Last week the New York Red Bulls kicked off the season’s second half with an addition that will add firepower to a team gearing-up for a playoff push. On August 12, the squad traded Andre Akpan and allocation money to the New England Revolution for winger Saer Sene.
Sene, a French International, began his career in the Paris Saint-Germain youth system. After spending several years bouncing around clubs in France and Germany, Sene signed with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution in 2012. During his tenure in New England, the 27 year old made 59 appearances and scored 17 goals while logging minutes at both wings, as well as centre forward.
The Red Bulls’ current forwards; Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips are both currently in fantastic form, which suggests Sene will see most of his time out-wide for his new club.
In the ten games Sene has played this season, he has logged 395 minutes and scored just one goal, both pacing as career lows. Red Bulls Head Coach Mike Petke and Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh hope and believe that the Paris-born footballer can turn things around in a new environment.
“Sene can play wide or up front,” said Roxburgh. “He will add a different dimension and another option to our attack,” he added. “We are excited to bring him aboard.”
“I like when we play offensive,” said Sene. “it doesn’t matter where you put me. If you put me on the left, on the right, or up top, if the team plays offensively, I will have fun. It’s most important to me: having fun, scoring goals, and defend. The most important is that we attack.”
Saer Sene began training with the Red Bulls this week and could see his first game action when the Red Bulls face Montreal at Red Bull Arena on Saturday. The surging squad should continue its playoff push against the last place Impact. With 28 points, New York currently sits fifth in the Eastern Conference, the final playoff spot. With Philadelphia and New England trailing New York by just one point, the Red Bulls must continue to earn victories, especially against inferior opponents.
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