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Predrag Radosavljević
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Preki in a press conference as head coach of Toronto FC, 2010
Personal information
Full name Predrag Radosavljević
Date of birth (1963-06-24) June 24, 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
Sacramento Republic FC (head coach)
Youth career
Čukarički Stankom
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Red Star Belgrade 2 (0)
1985–1990 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 247 (209)
1990 Råslätts SK
1990–1992 St. Louis Storm (indoor) 91 (113)
1992–1994 Everton 46 (4)
1994–1995 San Jose Grizzlies (indoor) 32 (67)
1994–1995 Portsmouth 40 (5)
1996–2000 Kansas City Wizards 145 (50)
2001 Miami Fusion 24 (8)
2002–2005 Kansas City Wizards 73 (21)
Total 700 (477)
National team
1996–2001 United States 28 (4)
Teams managed
2006 Chivas USA (assistant)
2007–2009 Chivas USA
2010 Toronto FC
2014– Sacramento Republic FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Predrag Radosavljević (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Радосављевић; known by the nickname Preki Преки; born June 24, 1963) is a Serbian American former international association football player currently serving as head coach of the Sacramento Republic FC in the USL Pro league, having previously coached in Major League Soccer with Toronto FC and Chivas USA.

During his playing career he played for English clubs Everton and Portsmouth, and was an 'MLS original' upon the formation of Major League Soccer in 1996, playing for the Kansas City Wizards and Miami Fusion. He is a two-time winner of the Major League Soccer MVP Award, and represented the United States at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He was elected to the American National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010.

Playing career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Born in Serbia, Preki played briefly for Red Star Belgrade in the old Yugoslav First League after coming from FK Čukarički Stankom where he played in their youth team.[1] In the summer of 1985, the Tacoma Stars head coach Bob McNab spotted Preki at an indoor tournament in Belgrade. McNab signed Preki.[2] He played five seasons for the Stars. During those years, he was a three-time First Team All Star, the 1988 and 1989 All Star Game MVP, led the league in assists in 1988 and scoring in 1989 and was the 1989 MISL MVP. During the summer of 1989, Preki began to consider becoming a U.S. citizen and returning to the outdoor game in order to make himself eligible for the U.S. national team.[3] He played one season for Råslätts SK in Sweden in 1990.[4] The Stars released Preki in July 1990 as part of a salary reduction move.[5] In August, he signed with the St. Louis Storm.[6] He played two seasons in St. Louis before being bought by Everton manager Howard Kendall for a fee of £100,000 in the summer of 1992 following a trial. He made 53 appearances for the Blues, 28 of those as a substitute. In June 1994, Preki signed with the San Jose Grizzlies of the Continental Indoor Soccer League where he rejoined Bob McNab from his Tacoma days.[7] He played eight games, scoring sixteen goals, before returning to England in August 1994 to play for Portsmouth. On July 5, 1995, the Grizzlies purchased Preki's contract from Portsmouth.[8] He was the CISL's second leading scorer and league MVP.[9]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Preki resumed outdoor play beginning with MLS's inaugural season in 1996 when he joined the Kansas City Wizards. The league allocated him to the Wiz on February 6, 1996.[10] He played every season for the Wizards, except for one season with the Miami Fusion in 2001. After the Fusion were contracted, the Wizards re-acquired Preki in the 2002 MLS Dispersal Draft, but only after every other team in the league had passed on selecting him. Preki is the only player to have won the MLS MVP Award and the MLS Scoring Champion Award twice, winning in 1997 and 2003, and is also the current all-time league leader in points scored (270 on 79 goals and 112 assists, plus another 25 points on 10 goals and 5 assists in the playoffs). He won the 2000 MLS Cup with the Wizards. Preki retired following the 2005 season, scoring a goal in the last minute of his final game with Kansas City. He was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI after the season, and was 42 years old when he played his final competitive game.[11]

International[edit]

Though originally from Yugoslavia, Preki played for the American national team after acquiring US citizenship in 1996. He made his debut for the United States on November 3, 1996 against Guatemala. Preki played a total of 28 games for the US, scoring four goals, one of them to beat Brazil at the 1998 Gold Cup. Two of those games, including one against his native Yugoslavia (now Serbia), came in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He made his last appearance for the national team in a 2–0 loss away to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying on September 5, 2001.[12]

Coaching career[edit]

Upon the appointment of Bob Bradley as the United States national team manager, Preki was promoted as head coach of Chivas USA for the 2007 Major League Soccer season.[13]

Preki left Chivas "by mutual consent" on November 12, 2009, following Chivas' failure to progress to the latter stages of the MLS playoffs.[14] He became head coach of Toronto FC on November 19, 2009.[15] However, Preki didn't last the 2010 MLS season with Toronto, being fired along with General Manager Mo Johnston on September 14, 2010.[16] Under Preki, Toronto qualified for the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League after winning the 2010 Canadian Championship.

On July 15, 2013, after nearly three years out of coaching, Preki was named head coach of the USL Professional Division expansion Sacramento Republic FC in advance of their inaugural 2014 season.[17]

Coaching record[edit]

As of July 28, 2014
Team From To Record
G W L T GF GA GD Win %
Chivas USA January 17, 2007[13] November 12, 2009[14] 107 41 36 30 132 125 +7 38.32
Toronto FC November 19, 2009[15] September 14, 2010[16] 32 11 11 10 30 31 -1 34.38
Sacramento Republic July 15, 2013 Present 20 11 6 3 32 22 +10 55.00
Total 159 63 53 43 194 178 +16 39.62

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Kansas City Wizards

Miami Fusion

Coach[edit]

Toronto FC

Awards[edit]

In March 2013, Preki was one of six men named to the 2013 class of the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame. The other inductees are Gordon Jago, Kai Haaskivi, Zoltán Tóth, Brian Quinn, and Mike Stankovic.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monografija: 85 godina SD Čukarički (page 91&92) (Serbian)
  2. ^ `SECRET' SLAV ADDS SOCK TO STARS' SOCCER OFFENSE THE SEATTLE TIMES – Thursday, October 24, 1985
  3. ^ PREKI EYES RAISE, U.S. CITIZENSHIP – WORLD CUP BERTH IN MIND Seattle Post-Intelligencer – Wednesday, September 13, 1989
  4. ^ "Råslätts SK – Historia". Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Tacoma cuts Preki , 5 more to pare costs San Diego Union, The (CA) – Thursday, July 5, 1990
  6. ^ STARS' PREKI SIGNS WITH ST. LOUIS THE SEATTLE TIMES – Monday, August 13, 1990
  7. ^ CONTINENTAL INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE USA TODAY (Arlington, VA) – Tuesday, June 7, 1994
  8. ^ GRIZZLIES ACQUIRE TOP INDOOR PLAYER San Jose Mercury News (CA) – Thursday, July 6, 1995
  9. ^ The Year in American Soccer – 1995
  10. ^ Transactions The Kansas City Star – Tuesday, February 6, 1996
  11. ^ MLS Player Stats
  12. ^ About Coaches: Preki Radosavljevic, Head Coach
  13. ^ a b "Preki replaces Bradley as Chivas USA coach". ESPN Soccernet. Associated Press. January 17, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Chivas USA, Preki part ways". ESPN Soccernet. November 12, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b TFC set to name Preki new head coach
  16. ^ a b Wolstat, Ryan (September 15, 2010). "Axed TFC coach Preki fires back". Toronto Sun. QMI Agency. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ http://insider.sacprosoccer.com/page/press-release
  18. ^ Carrick, Buzz (March 5, 2013). "Former Dallas Sidekicks Coach Gordon Jago Named 2013 Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee". The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX). Retrieved March 8, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bob Bradley
MLS Coach of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Sigi Schmid
Preceded by
Bob Bradley
C.D. Chivas USA Head Coach
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Martin Vasquez
Preceded by
Carlos Ruíz
Major League Soccer MVP
2003
Succeeded by
Amado Guevara
Preceded by
Carlos Valderrama
Major League Soccer MVP
1997
Succeeded by
Marco Etcheverry