Pay Mike Petke's Fine!

Thirteen years after the legendary "Revenge is Coming" incident, MLS is again restricting Mike Petke's free speech, so once again the ESC will pay the fine!
Empire Supporters Club
Harrison, New Jersey
United States
1 Team Member

Short Summary

In the year 2000, Mike Petke and the ESC became linked in league lore. Petke scored a goal and removed his jersey to reveal a handcrafted "August 16 Crime of the Century - Revenge is Coming" shirt as a tribute to a fallen teammate. Petke's love and devotion to the then Metrostars was met with a fine from Major League Soccer. That ticked off the Empire Supporters Club something fierce, so we all passed the hat and raised enough money to pay Mike's fine. The league told us we couldn't do that, so we donated the money to charity instead.


Thirteen years on and the league is giving Mike stick again, this time for comments about really incompetent officials. This time they fined Coach Petke $2000, and again, we won't stand for that! It's time to pass the hat again and pay Mike Petke's fine.


(Obviously, we're not under the delusion that this time will be different. The league probably won't accept the money, though we will try. The money raised here will almost assuredly end up going to a charity of Mike Petke's choosing.) 

What We Need & What You Get

We're not just coming to you asking for money, we're giving away some pretty sweet swag in the process. Stickers, scarves, tickets to upcoming RBNY games, all sorts of good stuff. But don't forget the granddaddy of them all: someone is walking away with a miniature sized version of our "Revenge is Here" banner signed by Mike Petke himself. And the money's going to a good cause, so there's that.

Please note: We will not be able to ship the ‘perks’. They must be picked up at either El Pastor or Legends. We will contact contributors with details on pickup times.


We surpassed our minimum goal of $500 in the matter of just hours! Thank you so much to everyone who gave what they could. But we’re not done yet. Remember, Petke’s fine was actually for $2000, so we’re gonna leave this up for a while. Remember, this money is going to charity, and someone is going to get the one-of-a-kind autographed banner from Mike Petke himself!



We've heard back from the man himself, Mr. Michael Petke, via a Twitter direct message:


"You guys are incredible!! You continuously amaze me and make this club proud. Thank you. Please donate to Restore the Shore Sandy relief."


You heard the man! The beaches and the boardwalks are open again, and that's all great, but until every house is rebuilt and everyone can come home again, the job is not done. Let's go!


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$500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on July 30, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    ESC Sticker

    Throw in a tenner for the cause and we'll hit you with an ESC Sticker for your car, home or, well, anywhere! Plus you'll get ONE raffle ticket for the grand prize autographed "Revenge is Here" Banner

    14 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $20USD
    ESC Patch

    For $20, we'll give you a sweet ESC patch to put on your favorite piece of clothing or bag. You'll also get everything on the previous level, and you'll get another ticket for the grand prize raffle for a total of two.

    7 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50USD
    ESC Bottle Opener Keychain

    We'll help you with all those unopened bottles around your house with the ESC keychain bottle opener. Plus you'll get everything offered at the previous levels, and three more raffle tickets for the grand prize for a total of five.

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $75USD
    ESC Scarf

    At the $75 level, we'll give you the brand new 2013 ESC "New York's Loudest" scarf. Plus you'll get everything in the lower tiers, plus 2 more raffle tickets for the grand prize autographed banner for a total of seven.

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD
    Two RBNY Home Game Tickets

    At the max level of $100 we'll give you two tickets to any of the remaining New York Red Bulls home games for the rest of the season (first come, first served). You'll also get everything at the previous levels, plus three more raffle tickets for the grand prize autographed banner for a total of ten.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
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