Sekagya returns for Red Bulls
Posted Saturday, September 28 2013 at 01:00
Boston- He played 307 MLS matches in 15 years, 35 of those with New York Red Bulls, the team he currently handles.
So when coach Mike Petke describes Ibra Sekagya as one of the best defenders at the club, no one can dispute his assessment.
Petke, in his first season as Red Bulls coach, was talking to the Saturday Monitor at the team’s training centre in Hanover, New Jersey early this week.
His confidence in naming Sekagya in the side to face Seattle Sounders in the top of the table clash tomorrow underlines the key role for the former Salzburg and Uganda Cranes skipper at the NY Red Bulls as they approach the playoffs in November. “His ethics, commitment, passion and above all his positional play, distribution and leadership qualities are fantastic,” the twice-capped US defender, 37, said.
“He will give you 100 % in training. It was unfortunate to be sent off against DC United, which was not a correct one, but he has bounced back strongly. “We need him against a strong and physical Seattle side at their Century Linkfield artificial pitch. They have a passionate 60,000 plus crowd whenever they play at home.”
The former Cranes defender, Sekagya, has not featured in the last three matches against Houston, Toronto and FC Dallas.
Sekagya will be lining up against Seattle trio of Obafemi Martins (Nigeria), US’ Lamer Neagle and international striker Eddie Johnson, who between them have scored 24 goals this season (eight each). There is not much to choose between these two sides.