New York Red Bull have appointed Mike Petke as its head coach for the 2013 MLS season.
The 36-year old becomes the third-youngest coach in the competition behind DC Unitedâ€™s Ben Olsen and Toronto FCâ€™s Ryan Nelsen after an extensive search left the Red Bulls to make an appointment from their own backyard.
â€śEver since I joined New York in 1998, this is the club that has always been closest to my heart,â€ť Petke, who took over on interim basis when Hans Backe was sacked late last year, said in a statement.
â€śI am thrilled to have earned this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is truly a dream come true. 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 clubâ€™s loyal supporters can all be proud of.â€ť