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Mike Petke takes Dan Shaughnessy to school

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We've heard the "soccer isn't relevant in America" line a thousand times, but Dan Shaughnessy thought we might need to hear it again. Mike Petke decided he'd heard enough...

Who has two index fingers and a knack for slapping down sports writers?
Who has two index fingers and a knack for slapping down sports writers?
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In the aftermath of the MLS Cup final, Dan Shaughnessy - Boston Globe columnist and all-purpose Boston sports journalist - threw down a 140-character sneer at those among his fellow New Englanders who would dare to have a care for this newfangled "soccer" malarkey.

Odd to see a guy who makes a living off the general enthusiasm of his home town's sports fans take a pop at some of those sports fans, but each to his own.

In the case of Mike Petke, head coach of the New York Red Bulls, "his own" is defending the honor of his sport.

And when he was done putting Shaughnessy in his place, Petke spared a thought for the fans of the New England Revolution.

Well said, Mike.

Hands off, Revs' fans. We saw him first.