Head coach Mike Petke signs new contract with the New York Red Bulls
Mike Petke was the first coach in New York Red Bulls franchise history to deliver silverware. He's been rewarded for that accomplishment with a new deal.
The Red Bulls announced Wednesday that they have signed Petke to a new contract. Per team policy, specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Mike is a passionate coach with great potential and this improved contract is the club's way of recognizing last season’s Supporters’ Shield success,” said Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh in a statement. “In the highly competitive MLS, winning the regular-season title last year was a great achievement and provides Mike and the club with a good platform to build on.”
Petke took over the head coaching job with the Red Bulls in January 2013, after serving as an assistant with the team the previous two seasons. The Long Island native played in MLS for 13 years, with the MetroStars, D.C. United, Colorado Rapids, and Red Bulls, and was a three-time MLS All-Star.
After leading to the Red Bulls to their first-ever major title last season, the 2013 Supporters' Shield, Petke was named an MLS Coach of the Year finalist.
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“I am pleased to reach a new deal with my hometown club,” Petke said in a statement. “We have enjoyed success during my short time as head coach and all of the credit goes to our players, staff and most importantly, our supporters.
"While winning the Supporters’ Shield was a major achievement for our club last year, my overall goal of building a team with a long-term identity that our fans can be proud of remains unchanged. I look forward to continuing this mission in the 2014 season and beyond.”