Petke Apologizes, But Is It Enough?

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Petke apologized to the fans for the loss at Chivas, but it isn't what the Red Bulls need.

After the train wreck that was the 3-2 loss to Chivas USA, Mike Petke was interviewed by MSG. He had a very specific message to those who had managed to not change the channel by that point.

Yes, Petke apologized for the New York Red Bulls' performance. You can tell how much he truly cares about the team, because what other kind of coach would ever do this? However, the issue really is, why was the apology needed? The Red Bulls have been a listless team since beating Sporting Kansas City 3-2 back on August 3rd. They've only managed one point out of nine in their last three games; losing 2-0 to 8th in the East Columbus Crew, drawing with 3rd place Philadelphia Union 0-0 at home, and now losing 3-2 to 2nd to last in MLS Chivas USA on the road.

For weeks now, we've been hearing nothing but excuses, about how the team should be playing better. With 8 games to go, and New York only 3 points clear of 6th place Houston Dynamo (5 points from 7th place Chicago Fire), there is no more room for excuses, and no more room for performances like the one on Sunday. Before the Chivas game, I wrote that it was a must win. Now, the D.C. United match just becomes that much more important. The time for excuses, and apologizes, is over, and Mike Petke needs to right the ship ASAP.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Once A Metro

You must be a member of Once A Metro to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Once A Metro. You should read them.

Join Once A Metro

You must be a member of Once A Metro to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Once A Metro. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker