How Sekagya Found a New Home Before Retirement

Current coach and former New York Red Bulls defender Ibrahim Sekagya was not planning on moving to MLS to continue his career in football. In fact, the Red Bull Salzburg captain had thought that his career would come to an end in Europe but the offer to live and play in New York was something that was too good to pass up.

“It was in my last year and I was thinking about retirement,” said Sekagya according to the Daily Monitor. “I get to sit with people at Salzburg and they tell me about New York Red Bulls. I think they wanted a centre back, and when we sat to talk about everything, family-wise stuff, to come here, and I came here for a week to see how it is. I liked the place, the way things were done. So my decision was so easy.”

The former Ugandan national team captain would go on to play in 33 games for New York and solidify the backline during their first Supporters Shield-winning campaign. MLS can be confusing to those who come from the rigid structure of Europe but the defender welcomed the challenge and embraced what would eventually become his home, not just as a player but as a coach.

Sekagya couldn’t have come at more interesting time in the team’s history. Midway through 2013, New York was an All-Star team consisting of World Cup veterans such as Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill. Youth was not a priority but just two years later all of those marquee names disappeared and Sekagya saw himself as a major part in grooming the teams new youthful direction.

“I liked the way things were going,” said Sekagya. “You know when you are around these people and you know this experience you have to be around – it was easier for me.”

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