The New York Red Bulls announced on Wednesday that they'll be parting ways with head coach Mike Petke. Petke has been at the helm for the past two seasons, leading the club to its first ever Supporter's Shield as well as an Eastern Conference semifinal appearance in 2014. Reports have emerged indicating that Jesse Marsch will be taking over for Petke in New Jersey.
As with the Frank Lampard situation a week ago, this move likely has little to no impact on the New York Cosmos on the pitch. It is, however, the second time in a week that one of New York's MLS franchises have been mired in controversy, damaging their relationship with the fans. Petke was extremely popular with the Red Bulls fanbase after the job he has done with the club, and replacing him for seemingly no reason at all isn't going over well at all*.
*For reference, just read over the comments on their site following the announcement of his departure
Honestly, Petke has had the same sort of run with the Red Bulls as Gio Savarese has had with the Cosmos (and we learned yesterday that his success has earned him a multi-year extension). It's times like this that every New York footie fan should be envious of the way the Cosmos are run.