With Supporters' Shield celebration on docket, New York Red Bulls’ Mike Petke ready to "move on”
HANOVER, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls enjoyed a memorable celebration with their fans last year after winning the Supporters’ Shield on the final matchday of the regular season, and that should be enough as far as head coach Mike Petke is concerned.
Petke expressed his displeasure Wednesday at the club’s planned Supporters’ Shield banner presentation prior to kickoff of Saturday’s home opener vs. Colorado (4 pm ET, MLS Live). The second-year head coach – who knows all too well how tough it has been for the Red Bulls to win silverware – has reiterated all year long that 2013’s successes are over and done with. He believes his team needs put last season’s accomplishment in the past and concentrate on the road that lies ahead.
“To be quite honest, I think we really need to move on,” said Petke following his team’s training session and before it was announced that he had signed a new deal with the club. “I’m very happy that it happened, I’m very happy that they’re having a celebration, but it’s in the past. We can’t rest on that. I know it’s great for the fans, the supporters, the organization, but I want my players focused on Colorado and that’s it.”
Petke’s comments come despite the fact that the celebration, which is primarily doing for the fans, will occur while the players are in the locker room and before they come out onto the field for the national anthem. The club has also planned to add a Red Bull component to the pregame banner ceremony, but has not released any details.
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New York ended their 18-year trophy drought and rewarded their long-suffering fans in the 2013 season finale, routing the Chicago Fire 5-2 to capture the first piece of significant hardware in the club's history.
Franco Panizo covers the New York Red Bulls for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached by email at Franco8813@gmail.com.