FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution has acquired forward Andre Akpan (Twitter: @auakpan) and allocation money through a trade with the New York Red Bulls in exchange for forward Saer Sene and an international roster spot through the end of the 2014 season.
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, while scoring four goals and adding two assists. After three seasons with the Rapids, he was traded to the Red Bulls on March 28, 2013. Akpan has made five appearances in New York this season.
“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.”
Sene, 27, is in his third season in MLS after signing with the Revolution on February 8, 2012. In 59 appearances with the club, Sene scored 17 goals and added eight assists. 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).
“We want to wish Saer all the best as he begins a new chapter of his career,” Burns said.
TRANSACTION: New England Revolution (MLS) – Acquired F Andre Akpan and allocation money from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for F Saer Sene and an international roster spot through the end of the 2014 season
Jersey Number: TBA
Weight: 190 lbs.
D.O.B.: December 9, 1987 (Fort Worth, Texas)
Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas
Last Club: New York Red Bulls (MLS)
How Acquired: Acquired with allocation money via trade with New York Red Bulls on August 12, 2014, in exchange for Saer Sene
Really excited for this opportunity to play for a great club in @NERevolution & to return to a city that was my home for 4 amazing years— André Akpan (@auakpan) August 12, 2014