Lesh Shkreli

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Lesh Shkreli
Personal information
Date of birth (1957-01-06) January 6, 1957 (age 58)
Place of birth Ulcinj, Montenegro, Yugoslavia
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979-1980 Detroit Express (indoor) 10 (0)
1980 Detroit Express 2 (0)
1981 New York Eagles 25 (7)
1982 Oklahoma City Slickers
1983 Pennsylvania Stoners
1984 Houston Dynamos
1984-1986 Columbus Capitals (indoor) 79 (88)
1986-1987 Toledo Pride (indoor) 17 (9)
1987-1988 Canton Invaders (indoor)
1988-1989 Dayton Dynamo (indoor)
Teams managed
1986 Columbus Capitals (interim)
1998- Ohio Dominican University (assistant)
2003-2004 Columbus Shooting Stars
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lesh Shkreli (born in Yugoslavia)[1] was a Yugoslavian-American soccer forward who played in Yugoslavia, Greece and the United States. He led the American Indoor Soccer Association in scoring in 1984-1985, earning MVP honors.


Shkreli began his career in the Red Star Belgrade youth system. At some point in his career he played in the Greek First Division. In 1980, Shkreli signed with the Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League (NASL).[2] The Express was sold at the end of the 1980-1981 indoor season and moved to Washington D.C. where it became the Washington Diplomats. Shkreli did not make the move. In 1982, Shkreli played for the Oklahoma City Slickers in the American Soccer League.[3] In the summer of 1984, he played for the Houston Dynamos in the United Soccer League. In 1984, he signed with the Columbus Capitals of the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA). He led the league in scoring with fifty-nine goals in forty games, earning first team All Star and league MVP recognition. The Capitals folded at the end of the 1985-1986 season and the Toledo Pride picked up Shkreli in the dispersal draft. He played only seventeen games with the Pride before his contract was purchased by the Canton Invaders on January 15, 1987.[4] Shkreli moved to the Dayton Dynamo for the 1988-1989 season. On September 19, 1989, the Dynamo traded him to the Chicago Power in exchange for Victor Quni. Shkreli declined to sign with the Power and retired.[5]


Shkreli was actively involved in coaching even as a player. In 1986, he served as an interim head coach for the Columbus Capitals for three games. In 1998, he became the assistant coach at Ohio Dominican University. In 2003, Shkreli became the first head coach of the Columbus Shooting Stars of the fourth division Premier Development League. Blast FC, a premier soccer club, was started in 1986 by Lesh Shkreli. It has been in existence for over 20 years and is presently the longest running soccer club in central Ohio. Lesh Shkreli is the full-time Director of Coaching at Blast F.C. He has led teams to the National League as well as the US Youth Soccer National Championships. Numerous teams of his compete at the Midwest Regional League (MRL) level.


  1. ^ Columbus boasts new PDL, W-League and Super Y-League sides
  2. ^ NASL Stats
  3. ^ Fleps' late Goal Lifts Slickers to 3-2 Victory The Daily Oklahoman - Monday, July 26, 1982
  4. ^ NEW INVADER GETS FRESH START Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Friday, January 16, 1987
  5. ^ SPORTS Chicago Tribune - Thursday, October 12, 1989

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