February 27, 2013
RED BULLS NOTEBOOK
Petke doesn't expect to sign any trialists before Sunday's opener
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – In all likelihood, the Red Bulls won’t sign any new names ahead of Sunday’s season opener in Portland, with decisions on their remaining trialists not expected any time soon.
Two prominent names remain among the Red Bulls pre-season trialists, notably French striker Peguy Luyindula and Brazilian midfielder Rafhael Domingues. Both trained with New York on Wednesday at the team’s facility at Montclair State University as they hope to catch the eye of head coach Mike Petke.
A deal for either player does not seem to be forthcoming anytime soon, according to Petke, who said that “I can’t see us making a move before Saturday, definitely not.”
Perhaps a bit coy when asked about Luyindula, Petke said he is willing to give the former Paris Saint Germain striker an extended look as the player tries to regain his fitness. He said that pedigree won’t be enough but he is intrigued by his resume.
“Once he gets fit completely, we’ll get a real good assessment,” Petke said.
In a small-sided game, Luyindula looked smooth on the ball and confident on the dribble, but wasn’t particularly daring. Petke did note that he is seeing more and more flashes from the player.
Domingues continued to do well. He showed some speed in training and has comfort on the ball as well. He keeps hanging around due to his solid shifts in pre-season and the spark he has shown in training.
“He’s on a day-to-day almost," Petke said. "We’re just kind of keeping him along because we like what we see but we have to make a decision soon, obviously."
Domingues has impressed but there are certain factors coming into play that Petke needs to sort out before offering a contract.
“Obviously he’s somebody that at the very least we’re intrigued by and at the most we’re liking him," Petke said. "But he’s a foreign spot, he’s a young kid – there’s all this stuff that goes into that I’m learning over the last month or two that you have to dot all your I’s and cross all your T’s. We’re happy having him in camp right now, still, leading up to the first game. There could be an announcement soon, there could not be. I really can’t give you that because we’re day-to-day looking at him.”
* Rooke midfielder Ian Christianson was limited in training with an injury to his upper right leg. Petke did not see it as anything serious.
* Goalkeeper Ian Joyce, most recently with the Colorado Rapids, is in camp.
* Sporting director Andy Roxburgh was at training and walked off the field with Home Grown signing Amando Moreno, giving the teenage forward some advice following the morning session.
* Another Red Bulls Academy and Home Grown signing, goalkeeper Santiago Castano, looked sharp in training sessions and in particular with his shot blocking.
* Costa Rican forward Josue Martinez uses his frame well but looks trigger shy in the final third.
* Connor Lade was very active in the small-sided games and carried the ball forward with confidence into the attacking, sending some nice service into the area.
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