Mike Petke has been announced as new head coach of New York Red Bulls.
Petke's is now fulltime coach, with his interim title removed.
â€śEver since I joined New York in 1998, this is the club that has always been closest to my heart. I am thrilled to have earned this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is truly a dream come true,â€ť Petke said. â€śI know there is a lot of work ahead and our challenge is not easy. However, I am excited to take hold of my new responsibility and hopeful that I can help build a hard-working team that our clubâ€™s loyal supporters can all be proud of.â€ť
Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh added: â€śMike is very passionate about our club and has shown us that he has the leadership and organizational qualities to be our head coach.
â€śHe is a terrific servant for this club, from being a top player to most recently heading our reserve squad.
"Mike has earned this opportunity and he will have the full support of our staff to help ensure the teamâ€™s success. We believe that his experience both as a player and coach in American soccer will be a significant asset as we head into the 2013 season."