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Mike Petke a victim of New York Red Bulls’ addiction to reinvention

With Thierry Henry gone, the Red Bulls may have felt they needed a coach with more tactical acumen

On one level Mike Petke’s firing as New York Red Bulls coach should come as no surprise. The Red Bulls have seen more head coaches – 14 – than any other team in the 20-season history of MLS, and have never been shy of radical overhauls, right down to the complete rebrand that followed Red Bull buying the team in 2006.

Yet there was a point towards the end of last season when it looked like the Red Bulls had actually reconciled to their past and were prepared to contemplate continuity. As the team finally got its act together for its late charge into the playoffs, banners were unveiled in each corner of Red Bull Arena honoring the team’s past incarnation as the MetroStars (captain Thierry Henry had, months previously, taken to wearing a homemade captain’s armband in the original team’s red and black stripes).

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