The New England Revolution has completed a trade that will send Saer Sene and an international roster spot through the end of the 2014 season to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for Andre Akpan and allocation money.
Sene has been a part of the New England Revolution since 2012. In his first year with the Revs, the Frenchman scored a team-high 11 goals and added three assists. After 25 regular-season appearances, including 23 starts, Sene was forced to undergo surgery because of a season-ending ACL tear.
Sene rebounded from the injury by making 24 appearances in 2013. Sene was instrumental in the Revolution’s late push for the playoffs as he contributed five goals and five assists. Unfortunately, the lanky player suffered another major injury. Sene missed the final two games of the season with a dislocated ankle and a broken fibula.
Sene recovered in time for the 2014 season opener. After two substitute appearances, Sene became a starter for the next five games. Soon after, the forward would take a brief hiatus because of personal reasons. Upon his return, Sene would find it difficult to get into the game-day 18. He would make three consecutive substitute appearances between June 8th and July 4th. Since then he has not played a single league minute for the Revs.
The Revs will gain a player that is no stranger to the New England area as Akpan played for Harvard University. The fifth year pro spent three seasons with the Colorado Rapids before being traded to the Red Bulls on March 28, 2013. He has amassed four goals and two assists over 41 career appearances, including 10 starts. He has made five appearances with New York this season.
The Revs will look to Akpan to provide competition at the forward position.
"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."