Richards emergence adds to New York Red Bulls success

New York Red Bulls defender Mike Petke was delighted for teammate Dane Richards after victory over New England Revolution.

Red Bulls followed one of the worst seasons in MLS history by clinching the regular-season Eastern Conference title yesterday.

Richards was on the scoresheet and Petke told the New York Post: "I view it as this: The times they were hard on me and let me know when I did not play well were some of my best memories, because I'm a New Yorker and I expect that from them. It helped motivate me and it was done out of love because they just want us to win.

"I'm very happy for Dane. He's had an unbelievable year and I see that he's turned a corner when he's not relying just on his speed; he has so many tools in his back pocket and it's great.''

Richards added: "Trust me, when you're winning. Confidence will come. Last year I don’t know who was confident on the team. Just keep winning and it habit. It's turned into a habit now, and we just want to continue.''