With all due respect, I will say the same thing about this as I did when Jason Kreis left—Thanks for the memories, but it’s time to get going. We are almost a month in and have no time to waste. Here is my case for why Mike Petke should see the nod, but also why it would be okay if he didn’t.
I think many would be lying if they didn’t think that this may have been a possibility when Petke was announced as the Monarch’s Head Coach this last off season, and for good reason. He was a very strong coach for NY Red Bulls, winning the Supporters Shield in 2013, so it didn’t seem off the wall to think that he could replicate the same success here.
It should be noted that he won the Shield with three former RSL players: Jamison Olave, Fabian Espindola and Jonny Steele. It should also be noted that the New York Red Bulls supporters were very upset when they learned Petke was gone.
He usually lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with two defensive midfielders and two more on the side, with two center forwards to top it off. Besides these last few weeks, it seemed like he was spending a lot of time with the other coaches and the first team, so I think he knows this team a little better than someone brand new would. For this reason and the fact that he has MLS experience, I think it is safe to say that he is a good option to look at moving forward.
If we are to assume he would change the line-up to the 4-4-2 he usually did in New York, I think it’d be great to see Luke and Kyle in the center midfield, pushing Rusnak and Silva to the sides. I would like to see Lennon in with Yura over Barrett, but that is just one possibility.
If he doesn’t make the move, I expect we will see Real Monarchs make a promising push for the USL Cup this season.