Tuesday, the New England Revolution acquired forward Andre Akpan and allocation money from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for striker Saer Sene and an international roster spot through the end of the 2014 season. Akpan is expected to arrive in Foxborough on Wednesday and could join the team for training by Thursday, potentially making him available for Saturday’s home game against the Portland Timbers.
Akpan, 26, is in his fifth professional season after he was drafted by the Colorado Rapids out of Harvard University in 2010. Akpan has 41 career appearances, including 10 starts, and scored four goals and added two assists. After three seasons with the Rapids, he was traded to the Red Bulls on March 28, 2013 and has made five appearances in New York this season.
“This move still allows us the flexibility to add a player or two before the roster freeze date of September 15,” said Burns. “This move does not prevent us from making additional moves.”
Sene, 27, is in his third season in MLS after signing with the Revolution on February 8, 2012. In 59 appearances with New England, Sene scored 17 goals and added eight assists. Serious injuries interrupted both his 2012 and 2013 seasons. This season, he made 10 appearances for the Revs, scoring one goal. A product of Bayern Munich’s reserve system, Sene also spent time with SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (Germany) after beginning his career with FC E’tampes (France).
"Andre’s more of a holdup, true number nine," said General Manager Michael Burns. “That’s an area we’re looking to strengthen.”
With last week's loss to a 10-man New York Red Bulls, the Revolution (8-12-2, 26 pts.) fell out of the playoff bracket to seventh place in the Eastern Conference and to 14th across 19-team MLS. New England also sustained a club record-setting eight-game losing streak this summer.