July 8, 2014
HIS MIND IS MADE UP
But Petke isn't telling the fate of trialists
By Michael Lewis
Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke says that he has made up his mind on the fate of the trialists in the team's camp. But he's not about to let us know what is on his mind about them.
Reading between the lines of his Tuesday conference call with the media, Petke did not sound very optimistic that the team would sign any of the players on trial. Among the players trying to earn a spot on the Major League Soccer club are Brazilian midfielder Diego Souza Xavier and French center back Damien Perrinelle and Scottish midfielder Martin Woods.
"It’s not as simple as saying you like a guy, we’ll sign him right now," he said. "We have a full roster with a full maxed out salary cap. So it doesn’t just go into, you like a player you’re going to sign him, it goes into you like a player, you’d like to sign him, but what moves do we have to make to sign this player.
"So all that goes into it. Obviously these players need to know, so they’re going to know very shortly."
That could happen as soon as Wednesday, although it the decision could be made by the weekend as well.
The trialists took part in a reserve team scrimmage at the Red Bulls training facility in Hanover, N.J.
"Obviously the trialists for the most part aren’t up to 90 minutes fitness at this point," Petke said. "We saw enough from the trialists, which I will not comment on at this time. But by the next conference call obviously I will.
"as far as our players, for all of them, even the [Under]-23’s, the first 20-25 minutes were very lively and with this heat, it was a very grueling remaining 60 minutes or so. I saw enough, I had a bunch of questions answered for me, not only from the trialists but from our young players that we had there and that’s enough for me at this point going into this weekend to make certain decisions."