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After 13 seasons in Major League Soccer, veteran defender Mike Petke is ready to call it a career.
The New York Red Bulls centerback and former D.C. United and Colorado Rapids player announced on Wednesday that this will be his last season.
A New York native drafted by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1998, Petke has put together a strong career in MLS as one of its steadiest defenders. He won an MLS Cup with D.C. United in 2004, and returned to his hometown New York team in 2009 to finish out his career where it began.
The club leader in career minutes, games and starts, Petke became a fan favorite as an uncompromising defender and outspoken personality. He also proved to be very durable, becoming just the 12th player in MLS history to play in 300 matches.
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