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Mike Petke Leads Red Bulls to First Supporters' Shield

Current UConn Coach Ray Reid coached Mike Petke and the S.C.S.U. Owls to the 1995 NCAA Division II National Title in 1995.

Oct. 29, 2013

HARRISON, N.J. - New York Red Bulls head coach and former Southern Connecticut State University soccer player Mike Petke, who played under current UConn soccer coach Ray Reid from 1995-96, helped New York capture its first ever Supporters’ Shield on Sunday.

The Red Bulls, who have been in the M.L.S. for 16 years, won the trophy after finishing the regular season with the best overall record, which they secured two days ago with a  5-2 victory over the Chicago Fire. Petke played for New York from 2008-10, and in 2012 he was hired as the team’s head coach. Prior to coming to New York, he had stints with the Colorado Rapids and D.C. United.

While playing for Reid at Southern, he led the Owls to the NCAA Division II National Title in 1995 and was named the Conference Rookie of the Year in his freshman season. Two years later, he was named the New England Collegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a consensus NSCAA/Umbro First Team All-America selection.  

Following his time at Southern, Petke played alongside former Connecticut standout Bobby Rhine on the United States Soccer National B Team. Rhine, who was an All-American at UConn, tragically died of a heart attack in September of 2011.

“I couldn’t be happier for Michael,” Reid said. “He has done in New York what the best coaches in the world couldn’t do. I am extremely proud of him, and I look forward to watching the Red Bulls in the playoffs.”