An unxpected path to the top
January 24, 2013

When Mike Petke joined the club's front office in January of 2011, his career path was not exactly charted. The initial title was "Individual Developmental Coach and Business Operations Manager", as the former defender was trying to figure out what he wants to do in his post-playing career.

When Mike Petke was asked last week if he was considered for the head coaching job, he said that he did not feel he was ready for it.

Well, he better be ready now.

The job was supposed to be Gary McAllister's. The job was supposed to be Paulo Sousa's. Now, the job is Mike Petke's. Who would have thunk it?

Of course, at this point no one knows if Petke will be a success. After all, he's never even been a top assistant, his role in the "Clever" Hans Backe regime always expanding, but never climaxing. However, even that role is larger than that of MLS's recent hires. And, if anything, Petke has proven he's willing to learn and adapt.

We're biased, of course. In Metro history, it's hard to find someone more beloved than Petke. And, no matter what the name of the club is, it's beyond lovely that its head coach started out when the team was known as the MetroStars.

So, good luck, Mike. You're gonna need it!

Here's hoping...

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