Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Mike Petke comes 'home'
by Ridge Mahoney, January 22nd, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The name of the team, the coach, and most of the players have changed, but the next stage of Mike Petke's career is taking him back to New York.

Claimed by the Red Bulls from Colorado on waivers in late November, Petke has signed a new contract. He has played 272 regular-season games during an 11-year career with New York, D.C. United and Colorado, scoring 13 goals and registering four assists.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. MLS changed its waiver rules last year to permit teams claiming players to negotiate a player's salary up or down, rather than adhere to the terms in force when he was waived.

Petke's base salary was $133,000 last season and with New York on the hook for a combined $300,000 for the guaranteed salaries of Juan Pietravallo and Jorge Rojas, it probably can't afford to pay him that much outright, though there is some allocation money available. Petke, 32, has signed a three-year contract.

He entered the pro ranks out of Southern Connecticut State as the eighth overall pick of the 1998 College Draft and played 134 games for the MetroStars, where he was a fan favorite, before being traded to D.C. United in December, 2003. In three seasons with D.C. he played 48 games.

United traded him to Colorado in May, 2005, six months after it had won MLS Cup, and he scored three goals in 80 games for the Rapids prior to being waived. A foot injury last season limited him to 11 games and 831 minutes, during which he scored a pair of goals, including one in a wild 5-4 game against the Red Bulls.

Coach Juan Carlos Osorio is revamping his back line in the wake of Jeff Parke being claimed by Seattle in the expansion draft, and Mexican defender Diego Jimenez returning to UAG following completion of his loan deal.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Whitworth athletic director Tim Demant     
''As a Christ-centered university that believes in the value of all individuals, we are seeking to ...
U.S. U-23s head north to Preston for key test    
The U.S. under-23 national team will play the first of two warmup games before Olympic qualifying ...
What They're Saying: Sean St. Ledger    
"Never ever in my wildest dreams did I think I would be on the same team ...
Lou City's Fondy breaks USL season scoring record    
Matt Fondy entered Louisville City's match against Harrisburg on Wednesday night with 18 goals, two behind ...
Video Pick: An open net own goal from close range    
It's the Swedish Damallsvenskan that brings us a sadly spectacular own goal. Had Hammarby's Helen Eke ...
International callups will have heavy toll on MLS games    
The good news is that MLS is attracting more players getting callups to their national teams. ...
Post-Klopp Dortmund poised to challenge Bayern Munich     
After Borussia Dortmund hired a highly regarded young coach to replace the beloved Juergen Klopp, kept ...
Klinsmann: Guzan remains No. 1, USA needs Beas    
Of the myriad questions surrounding the U.S. men's national team ahead of the Oct. 10 match ...
Video Pick: Gareth Bale hits brilliant behind-the-goal goal     
Wales is on the brink of qualifying for its first major tournament in since 1958. Gareth ...
What They're Saying: Christen Press    
"I want so much more for my teammates. You can be one inch from the national ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives