The former New York Red Bulls and D.C. United star joins the Monarchs as the club’s second head coach after being unveiled on December 22, 2016, replacing the promoted Real Salt Lake Assistant Coach Freddy Juarez. Petke began his post-playing career by becoming the Manager of Business Operations for the Red Bulls before being hired as the club’s head coach in January of 2013. In his first season at the helm, Petke lead the Red Bulls to their first major trophy by winning the Supporters’ Shield on the final day of the season. A year later he led the Red Bulls to another successful season, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, eventually falling short to the New England Revolution by a single goal. Petke boasted a career coaching record of 30-19-19 carrying with him a 41% win percentage before being let go by the Red Bulls in January of 2015. Petke has involved himself in the soccer community in several facets before coming to Salt Lake, including being a color commentator for ONE World Sports and Director of Coaching for the New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association.
Petke played an extensive career in Major League Soccer playing the entirety of his career in the US for the New York Metrostars, D.C. United, Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls. Petke won MLS Cup with D.C. United in 2004 with current RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Appearing a total of 351 times in his career, Petke scored 16 goals and earned two caps with the United States National Team. The Long Island native brings a new standard for Real Monarchs and a bright future of the organization.