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Revolution candidates aim to please

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / February 23, 2012
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Among the players who are with the Revolution on a trial basis, the biggest name is Tom Cruise - and not just because his moniker is the same as a famous actor.

Thomas Daniel Cruise, who developed in the Arsenal FC system and played once for the Gunners’ first team, joined the Revolution before a Desert Diamond Classic preseason tournament game against the Los Angeles Galaxy in Tucson last night.

Cruise, a 6-foot central defender, was a member of England’s Under-19 team. He played for Arsenal in a 1-0 loss to Olympiakos in the 2009 Champions League and last year was on loan to Carlisle United.

Cruise, 20, was born in London.

Other trialists with international experience include Italian midfielder Luisito Campisi; German defender Florian Lechner; Swedish forward Bjorn Runstrom; and forward/midfielder Jeremiah White, a 2004 Revolution draft choice who played for the US national team in 2008.

White scored the winning goal in the 74th minute as the Revolution took a 3-2 win over the Galaxy, their first game against MLS opposition since Jay Heaps became coach.

The Revolution will meet the New York Red Bulls Saturday, Real Salt Lake Wednesday, and play a final preseason game March 3. They open the season at San Jose March 10

Saer Sene, a 6-3 French striker who has been with Bayern Munich’s reserve team in the Bundesliga third division, was in the starting lineup against the Galaxy.

Sene, 25, started his career with Paris Saint-Germain, moving to Germany in 2007. His father, Oumar Sene, was a star player in Senegal and France, winning the 1986 Ligue 1 championship with Paris Saint-Germain.

“I wanted a challenge and, for me, coming to the US is like coming to Italy or Germany,’’ Sene said this week. “I want to make something good of it. Other opportunities? Yes, I had some. How do you say, I followed my heart and made the decision to come here.’’

Sene said he left Paris Saint-Germain because he was behind Ronaldinho “and all the big players in the first team, so it was hard to get an opportunity.

“I was young, so I went to a small team in Stuttgart and they gave me the chance to play. I scored 29 goals [for SG Sonnenhof Grossaspach], and Bayern Munich signed me the next year.

“I learned a lot with Bayern Munich. [French national team star] Franck Ribery was there and that helped. It was a great opportunity and I made the most of it.’’

The Revolution lost last year’s starting strikers, Milton Caraglio (Rangers/Chile) and Rajko Lekic (Lyngby/Denmark), and await the arrival of Jose Moreno, on loan from Once Caldas in Colombia.

“It’s all about the team,’’ Sene said. “It’s about the team winning, getting higher in the table, and getting back in the playoffs.’’

Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at f_dellapa@globe.com.

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