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Petke issues statement after Salt Lake sacking

Corey Baird led the way for Real Salt Lake scoring twice to hand Sporting Kansas City a 2-1 loss at Children's Mercy Park. To watch MLS, sign up to ESPN+.

Former Real Salt Lake manager Mike Petke said he was saddened by the club's decision to terminate his contract over an incident last month in which he directed multiple anti-gay slurs at officials following a 1-0 Leagues Cup loss to Tigres.

"On the matter involving the Panamanian official in the game against Tigres, while I'll never stop bringing passion and all my heart to what I do, it is true that I lost my temper and showed poor judgment," Petke said in his first public statement since being...

Real Salt Lake terminate Petke's contract

Corey Baird led the way for Real Salt Lake scoring twice to hand Sporting Kansas City a 2-1 loss at Children's Mercy Park. To watch MLS, sign up to ESPN+.

Real Salt Lake has terminated the contract of manager Mike Petke, and named assistant Freddy Juarez as head coach on an interim basis for the rest of the season, the club announced on Sunday evening.

Petke was set to return from a two-week suspension on Monday. ESPN FC confirmed a report from The Athletic that the suspension was for directing multiple anti-gay slurs at officials following RSL's 1-0 Leagues Cup defeat against UANL Tigres on July 24.

Following an investigation by MLS, Petke was suspended...