January 31, 2013
LAST YEAR? FORGET ABOUT IT!
Petke: Everyone starts with a clean slate
By Michael Lewis
|Roy Miller has looked good in practice, Red Bulls coach Mike Petke said.
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Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke can have amnesia with the best of them.
He doesn't want to ponder what happened with the Red Bulls last season, for better or worse, especially the latter.
When asked about left back Roy Miller falling out of favor with then coach Hans Backe in waning weeks of the season, Petke did not want to speculate on whether it was lack of concentration, focus or confidence.
"Honestly, you guys can understand and respect that I don't want to touch on or revisit as much as possible last year because as cliché as it sounds, that's the past and we're focusing on right now," he said during a conference call from Bradenton, Fla. on Thursday afternoon. "We're all in a good state of mind. . . . we've been very clear with what we're trying to accomplish. So, far, everybody's on board."
So, everyone in camp in Bradenton, Fla. is starting off with a clean slate, regardless what transpired last year.
"Absolutely," Petke said. "I don't like to touch on the past. I never have liked to touch on the past. Everybody is a in a good spot right now."
Petke said he realizes every player isn't going to love every decision he makes, especially when he has to name a Starting XI.
"Of course, I realize with the honor of becoming the coach, I'm going to be somewhere along this year at many points, hopefully, less than none, I'm going to be liked by some and not liked by others," he said. "All players go through that. You wind up on the bench and that player is not going to like you. If they get wind of trade talks, that player is not going to like you. If you're starting and things are going good, the player is going to love you. I fully understand that and I respect that. right now, everybody knows where they stand. It's a clean slate. Moving forward that's a great starting point."
As for Miller, Petke said he has liked what he has seen in training camp so far. Miller was called into the Costa Rican National Team for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier against Panama in the CONCACAF hexagonal.
"Roy Miller has done very well," Petke said. "I think him going up to the National Team tells you again, what type of player he is. The conversation, the little one I've had with Roy so far and moving forward, he knows what I expect from him. And to show the type of professional he is, he expects the same things on himself. So he has been steady so far. He has done very well. He earned his call-up to the National Team. As the Red Bulls staff and the players, we're very happy and proud of him."