August 19, 2014
TOO EARLY TO TELL
Petke says it's too early to figure out what role, position Saer will have with Red Bulls
By Michael Lewis
On the team's first day back from a weekend break following the trade for forward Saer Sene, Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke says it is a little early to figure out his role with his new team.
Petke said that he considers Saer as a forward with the option of utilizing the him as a wide midfielder.
"But we are not at the stage yet -- this is only the second day of the week and last week was a bye weekend -- so we really haven't done much positional stuff as opposed to playing possession and small-sided [games]," Petke said during his weekly Tuesday conference call with the Red Bulls media. "Moving on from today, we'll look at him at both of those positions."
If the 6-3, 185-lb. Saer is needed, he should be able to play, Petke said.
"He's a professional soccer player," he said. "If he has to play tomorrow I'm sure he'll play. the thing is its always a difficult transition to be traded and to come into a new environment. And you couple that with fact that for whatever reason he hasn't received that much playing time. he just has to get acclimated both mentally and physically."
Petke added that Saer has "tried to work out a couple of the kinks and a little bit of rust."
"It's good to have him in," he said. "He's got a great attitude. He's very happy to be here. Hoping throughout the rest of this week he really gets acclimated and he's ready to roll."
The Red Bulls sent forward Andre Akpan and allocation money to the New England Revolution Aug. 12 for Saer and an international roster slot.
With a heavy schedule coming up, the Red Bulls are going to need all hands -- and especially feet -- on deck. They host the Montreal Impact in a Major League Soccer match Saturday before welcoming CD FAS for their first CONCACAF Champions League game next Tuesday.