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Red Bulls reward manager Mike Petke with new contract

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New York Red Bulls manager Mike Petke was rewarded with a new contract after guiding the club to the MLS Supporters' Shield last season.

HARRISON, NJ (AP) - The New York Red Bulls signed head coach Mike Petke to a new contract Wednesday.

In his first year in charge of the team, Petke was a MLS Coach of the Year finalist and guided the Red Bulls to a league-best 59 points with a 17-9-8 record. A former MLS player, Petke spent two seasons as an assistant coach on New York's staff. He also played for New York from 1998-2002 and 2009-10 and holds the club record for games played with 169 (196 in all competitions), games started (158 regular season) and minutes played (14,060 regular season).

Petke, who grew up on Long Island, says he is ''pleased to reach a new deal with my hometown club. We have enjoyed success during my short time as head coach and all of the credit goes to our players, staff and most importantly, our supporters. While winning the Supporters' Shield was a major achievement for our club last year, my overall goal of building a team with a long-term identity that our fans can be proud of remains unchanged.''

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