On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the New York Red Bulls honored Mike Petke, a man whose many and magnificent achievements for the club include the greatest number of competitive minutes ever played for the first team: 16,561. No other player in the history of RBNY or the MetroStars has got within 3,000 minutes of Petke's career playing time for the club.
Dax McCarty, however, is getting steadily closer. On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the current RBNY captain made his 159th appearance for the club (fifth-most of all-time, all-competitions), his 151st start (second-most), and reached 13,471 minutes of competitive playing time for the Red Bulls. He is now second on RBNY's all-time minutes played list, having passed Dane Richards' career total (13,413 minutes) in the first half of the Red Bulls' 2-1 home win over Columbus Crew SC.
McCarty is now 3,090 minutes away from Petke's all-time RBNY minutes played record - or just over 34 games. Dax won't challenge Petke's record this season, but he is already closer to it than anyone has managed to get before. And the Red Bulls have at least five more matches this year - so it is fair to expect McCarty to be closer still by the time RBNY's 2015 season is over.