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Red Bulls pick up Sene from New England for Akpan, allocation money

Aug 12, 2014, 1:15 PM EST

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Saer Sene will be swapping Eastern Conference teams, skipping town to New York after a disappointing season to date.

New England shipped Sene and an international roster slot to New York for Andre Akpan and allocation money, ending his season stat line for the Revs at 10 games, 5 starts, 395 minutes and just one goal.

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Sene, 27, exploded onto the MLS scene after arriving from Bayern Munich II two seasons ago, scoring 11 goals and adding three assists as a rookie before an ACL tear ended his 2012. He came back to net five times in 2013, but broke his leg in the playoffs and has not established himself this season.

Akpan, 26, gets to go home (in a sense). The big Texan played his college ball at Harvard University before becoming a second round pick of Colorado in 2010. He was traded to New York in the Spring of 2013 and only made 12 MLS appearances over more than a season, with just 16 minutes played this season.

From the Revs:

“Andre is a player with experience in MLS who has roots in our area playing at Harvard,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “We believe he can provide us with added competition at the forward position and give us more depth as we head into a playoff push.”

Sene didn’t play when the two teams met on Aug. 2, with Akpan playing the role of unused sub for New York. The Red Bulls won 2-1.

Obviously the change of scenery could do both players well, but there’s a bigger risk involved for New England than New York… unless that allocation money has a distinct purpose.

  1. mdac1012 - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I will be interested to see if Petke goes away from the 4-4-2 with Sene coming in. He has said in the past he would prefer to play a 4-3-3 with two holding mids and an attacking center mid but has never really had the personnel to do it. Sene is not exactly the player I was hoping they would bring in, but at this point I will take it.

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