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Report: Mike Petke fired by New York Red Bulls

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RBNY has reportedly ratcheted up its off-season from "inscrutable" to "insane". And yes, it is time to panic...

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Not a typo: the New York Red Bulls, a soccer club with a recent record of off-field competence and on-field success, has lost its damn mind.

Or, to put things in the more professional tone of the RBNY beat's resident scoop merchant, Kristian Dyer, who broke this story in (the irony...) Metro: "The only man to ever deliver the New York Red Bulls a trophy will not have the opportunity to do that in 2015. Metro New York has learned that head coach Mike Petke was fired on Tuesday."

This is still a report based on anonymous sources. But Dyer is apparently mining a rich seam of sources at the club of late: he broke the news that Steven Gerrard was not actually a Red Bulls' transfer target (England's Daily Star is reporting that will be confirmed "in the next couple of days"), followed that with the news that Robin Fraser is departing RBNY (still unconfirmed by the club), and now has landed quite possibly the biggest story of this team's year on just the seventh day of 2015.

If the story is confirmed - and it's a helluva thing to tell a journalist if it isn't true - it would appear to be a surprise to Petke. His last tweet implied a man ready to get back into the swing of things as soon as he finished that drink.

Missing you already, Mike.