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By ESPN Staff
Nov 26, 2008

Red Bulls reacquire D Mike Petke, waive Cichero

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Hours after losing suspended defender Jeff Parke to the Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday, the New York Red Bulls reacquired their career games played leader when they picked up defender Mike Petke in the league's waiver draft.

Parke started 23 games for the Red Bulls this season before being suspended by the league for 10 games on Oct. 16 for violating the substance abuse and behavioral health policy. He tested positive for a banned substance after using an over-the-counter nutritional supplement. He will miss the Sounders' first four games next season.

The 26-year-old had been with New York since 2004, when he was drafted with the final pick in that year's draft. The Downington, Pa., native played in 132 regular-season games for New York.

Petke was acquired after being waived by the Colorado Rapids. The 32-year-old played in 134 games, starting in 129, during his time with New York from 1998 to 2002. He was initially selected by New York in the first round of the 1998 college draft and helped the team win the 2000 Eastern Division title.

Petke was traded to D.C. United in December 2002 in a deal in which New York acquired defender Eddie Pope, forward Jaime Moreno and midfielder and current Red Bulls assistant coach Richie Williams.

Petke played three seasons with United, helping D.C. win the 2004 MLS Cup. He was traded to Colorado during the 2005 season for midfielder Chris Henderson.

Petke made 11 appearances for Colorado this past season, scoring two goals.

The Red Bulls also announced that they waived defender Gabriel Cichero, midfielder Gordon Kljestan and forward Sainey Touray.

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