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January 21, 2013
Petke had some candidates in mind for Tuesday's MLS supplemental draft

By Michael Lewis Editor

The Red Bulls have the first pick in Tuesday's Major League Soccer supplemental draft and interim head coach Mike Petke likes the team's chances of getting a player or two they have coveted.

"We're in a good position," Petke said in a conference call on Monday. "There were a handful of players that we had our eye on. We were a bit surprised they made it through. We're confident that we are going to get a good player in that first pick and hopefully will be joining us in Florida. We're taking that very seriously as we took the draft very seriously this year."

The Red Bulls, who acquired the top choice when they dealt Quincy Amarikwa to Toronto FC on July 21, have six picks in the four-round supplemental draft, including selections at No. 13, 32, 34, 51 and 70.

The MLS SuperDraft, which was held in Indianapolis last week, had 38 players chosen over two rounds.

The only player not reporting

The lone Red Bull not in training camp is defender-midfielder Connor Lade, who is with the U.S. National Team camp in Carson, Calif.

"We are pleased that he's not with us," sporting director Andy Roxburgh said. "This is fantastic that a young player from this club has not only made the first team, but is now with the U.S. national squad."

Roxburgh's role

Roxburgh defined his role at training camp.

He said as the sporting director that he would "provide all of the support to our staff and technical. My aim is to watch, to listen, to make judgments. That's what I hope to be doing in collaboration with our staff.

Roxburgh's playing style

Roxburgh has a style he wants the Red Bulls to emulate.

"I want us to be known as a highly competitive team," he said. "A team that's got a fluid style -- it's not easy to say that -- but it's a target for us -- where we play at a high tempo, that we're mobile, that we play a passing game. We emphasized today: we want to be professional, we want to be humble, we want to be hard-working. These are the three elements that the top teams always portray. And I would like us to display those things as well and we'll be working hard to get that."

Expanded coaching staff?

It has been reported that the Red Bulls would emulate the LA Galaxy, which has a five-man coaching staff. If Roxburgh was planning to do that, he did not say, although the sporting director indicated that one can always learn.

"We can always learn from our competitors," he said. "Some of the clubs in MLS have been very impressive by the way they develop [players]."

He cited Sporting Kansas City as an example.

"As we have seen here, there seems to be different way to climb the mountain," he said about the 2012 MLS Cup final between the Galaxy and Houston Dynamo. "If just look at the finalists, those two teams who played in the final seemed to have a completely different philosophy and the way they put their teams together, even their backroom setup. so there are different ways to do it."

The magnificent seven, or is it eight?

Roxburgh called the Red Bulls' newcomers "the magnificent seven."

However, at the present time, the eight new players on the team. The list includes Brazilian midfielder Juninho, defender Jamison Olave and forward Fabian Espindola, both acquired from Real Salt Lake, defender Kosuke Kimura, obtained from the Portland Timbers, goalkeeper Santiago Castano and forward Armando Moreno, both homegrown signings, Josue Martinez, acquired from the Philadelphia Union, and former Georgetown midfielder Ian Christianson, taken in last week's SuperDraft.

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