PETKE'S SAY ON LADE LOAN 'If there was some sort of a handshake agreement, my hand never shook anybody's hand'
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
HANOVER, N.J. – Connor Lade, formerly on loan with the Cosmos, is now back with the Red Bulls for good after the North American Soccer League side called an early end to his time with the club.
On Tuesday, BigAppleSoccer.com reported that the Cosmos, tired of Lade's several recalls to the MLS club, have ended his deal with their team.
Lade showed the benefits of the loan deal on Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League when he scored the equalizer in a 1-1 result with the Montreal Impact.
The Cosmos have claimed a hand-shake deal was in place that the player would not be recalled any more this season.
“Listen, I didn't know what was said in the paper until after the game," Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said. "Listen, it comes down to this: It's a team that is 20 minutes away. We pay 100 percent of Connor's salary. It's two Wednesday games we brought him back for, he didn't miss a game with the Cosmos. If they were upset about that or if there was some sort of a handshake agreement, my hand never shook anybody's hand. If you want to talk about them paying some of his salary, then absolutely they'd have say in that. We wouldn't be able to do that.
“At the end of the day, it's one of those things that would it be nice for him to get game at Cosmos? Absolutely. But at the same exact percentage, the same exact wise, it's great to have him back because he's a good guy and a good player. The only reason why we put him on loan is because we see something in him and we wanted him to get games.”
Wednesday represented Lade's second recall of the season since his loan deal with the Cosmos began.
During his rookie year in 2012, Lade made 26 appearances and 22 starts for New York but has seen his playing time taper off. In regular season play for the Red Bulls this season, he has only five appearances and 10 minutes played, in part due to the team's added depth on the left side of the field.
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