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!