February 11, 2013
By Kristian R. Dyer
Sene sees good things for Revolution this season
New England Soccer News Contributor
HARRISON, NJ--For Saer Sene, the Revolution’s 2013 campaign could be very different from his debut campaign in MLS last season, which was hampered by injury and a lackluster year by his team.
|Saer Sene thinks the Revolution have turned a corner and could be a playoff contender this season.
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The Revolution were a young team under then-first year head coach Jay Heaps, but Sene is clear in saying that the franchise has turned a corner. With just 35 points on the year and fourth from the bottom of the table, the Revolution didn’t scare many of their MLS opponents in 2012. Sene thinks they’ll not only scare some teams this time around but improve on their nine wins from last year.
“I think last year too we had the quality to make the playoffs. You can have the quality but sometimes we didn’t play smart enough to win the game,” Sene told reporters on Monday at a league-wide media event at Red Bull Arena. “This year, we have better players. We have very good players who come in with experience. We have the quality to make the playoffs this year but we have to work hard and fight every game to get there.”
The 26-year old forward, who came to MLS via German powerhouse Bayern Munich, was impressive in his debut season in MLS. Physically, his 6-3 frame was tough on opposing backlines as was his 11 goals. He said he prefers to play behind a high striker where he has mobility and flexibility to roam and find space.
The decision to leave a European side might not have been easy, but Sene knew that it was the right decision when he arrived in Foxborough.
“Last year was a moment in my life when everything was very, very, very good because everything was easy for me. I don’t know how to explain it but when I came here, I felt automatically very good,” Sene said. “I started to practice with the team and the guys were nice to me and the attitude was very good with the team. I play my soccer and everything was OK. The team, we didn’t make a very good performance last year but I think we learned a lot and this year we’re going to be better.”
Sene also sees plenty of reason for Revolution fans to be optimistic, especially with MLS SuperDraft No. 1 overall pick Andrew Farrell. There are high expectations for the talented defender, which Sene fanned further on Monday.
“I’ve seen him in the practice. He’s a very good defender. He’s aggressive on the man, that’s what we need. He can help the team I think. He can work hard, I’ve seen it in the preseason. For me, he’s a good player and this is good for us,” Sene said.
“He’s working hard to play this year in MLS, his first season. If he keeps working hard, he can help the team.”