Petke returns to D.C. for 2005 season

Ryan Nelsen and

Earnie Stewart -- but the core of the team is back and I think everybody is extremely hungry to

get the season going. We're putting the championship behind us because that was last year. It's

a great memory, but it's a whole brand new year and anything can happen. Whatever is going to

come of this is going to be up to us, so everybody is ready to work.

Selected in 1998 as the eighth overall pick in the MLS College Draft by the MetroStars, Petke is

one of the most experienced players on the United roster. He joined D.C. for the 2003 season

after five years with the Metros, three of which he was selected as an MLS All-Star (2000, 2001

and 2002).

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approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.

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