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Petke (back) in, Cichero out

Posted on 27 November 2008 by ASN Staff

Petke has played more games for his new/old club than any other player

The New York Red Bulls selected longtime Metro Mike Petke in today’s MLS Waiver Draft after the Bohemia, N.Y. native was dropped by the Colorado Rapids. The team also announced it had waived defender Gabriel Cichero, midfielder Gordon Kljestan and forward Sainey Touray.

Petke, 32, played in 134 games for the MetroStars, starting in 129 – a club all-time high – and logging 11,520 minutes from 1998 to 2002. He was initially selected by New York in the first round (eight overall) of the 1998 College Draft and helped New York win the 2000 Eastern Division Title. He was traded on Dec. 23, 2002 to D.C. United, along with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft and an allocation for defender Eddie Pope, forward Jaime Moreno and midfielder and current Red Bulls assistant coach Richie Williams.

Petke played three seasons with United, making 48 appearances and helping it win the 2004 MLS Cup. Petke was traded to Colorado during the 2005 season on May 23 for midfielder Chris Henderson. In 2008, Petke made 11 appearances and 10 starts while scoring two goals. One of those goals came against the Red Bulls in a 5-4 Rapids win on Sept. 27 at Giants Stadium. The 6-2, 191-pound defender has earned two caps for the U.S. National Team and was a two-time MLS All-Star (2000-2002). The former Southern Connecticut State University product has accumulated 13 goals and four assists in 272 games played in his 11-year career.

Cichero was signed from Deportivo Italia of the Venezuelan First Division. He made eight starts for New York, most recently in the 5-2 loss at Chicago that concluded the team’s regular season schedule. The Venezuelan international never really found his form for Juan Carlos Osorio and made several costly mistakes for the Red Bulls, including several in a 3-1 home loss to Toronto FC on Oct. 5.

Kljestan was signed on June 25, 2008. The former Los Angeles Galaxy player featured in eight MLS Reserve League games this season. New York signed Touray on Aug. 29, 2008. Touray, who previously played for Wallidan FC of The Gambian First Division, made six appearances for the Red Bulls, scoring two goals.

Player Fact file: Mike Petke

Height: 6-2
Weight: 191 lbs.
DOB: Jan 30, 1976 in Bohemia, NY
Previous Club: Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Hometown: Bohemia, N.Y.

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