Mike Petke named permanent New York Red Bulls coach

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.

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.

“Ever 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,” Petke said. “I 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 club’s loyal supporters can all be proud of.”

Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh added: “Mike is very passionate about our club and has shown us that he has the leadership and organizational qualities to be our head coach.

“He 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 team’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."

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