New York Red Bulls forward Saer Sene (pictured) scored in his CONCACAF Champions League debut against CD FAS on on August 26, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the New York Red Bulls)
HARRISON, N.J. -- On one hand, the New York Red Bulls did what they had to do in securing their first-ever CONCACAF Champions League win, a 2-0 victory over CD FAS.
On the other hand, the Red Bulls did not do what they wanted to do -- score more goals, especially considering the quantity opportunities they generated in the Group 3 encounter at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday.
The result moved New York (1-0-0, 3 points) within three points of group leader Impact de Montreal (2-0-0, 6 points) for the opportunity to play in next year's knockout rounds and eliminated the winless Salvadoran side (0-0-3, 0 points).
"Overall I’m pleased," head coach Mike Petke said. "We could have had quite a bit more goals, so I guess I’m satisfied we got ourselves in that position to have had those goals.”
Forward Saer Sene, acquired in a recent trade with the New England Revolution, gave the host a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute, before Lloyd Sam tallied a second-half insurance goal.
Petke was quite pleased with Sene's performance.
"His first touch, his ball skills, his ability to separate himself from a defender with the ball, he’s very good," said the 38-year-old manager. "The more minutes he gets in a game and the more practice time he gets he’ll be more comfortable."
The Frenchman also had his moments with strike partner Tim Cahill, an Australia international.
"At times you could tell him and Tim clicked, and at times you could tell they’ve never really played together before," Petke finished. "That’s going to take time and patience. It was very important that he got a goal, to get a goal and open that account here with us, but also to feel comfortable and feel confident."