After leading the Red Bulls to their first MLS Supporters' Shield last season, the 38-year-old has signed a new deal with the clubThe New York Red Bulls announced Tuesday that they have signed head coach Mike Petke to a new contract.
The Long Island native became the Red Bulls' head coach in January 2013 and guided the MLS club to a league-best 59 points off a 17-9-8 record en route to its first-ever MLS Supporters’ Shield. He was a finalist for the MLS Coach of the Year last season.
“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 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.”
Prior to becoming head coach, Petke spent two seasons as an assistant coach on New York’s staff after a 13-year playing career. The 38-year-old played for New York from 1998-2002 and 2009-10 and holds the current club record for games played with 169 (196 in all competitions), games started (158 regular season) and minutes played (14,060 regular season).
“I am pleased to reach a new deal with my hometown club,” Petke said. “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.”
The Red Bulls opened the 2014 season last weekend, dropping a 4-1 decision in Vancouver.