Preki in a press conference as head coach of Toronto FC, 2010
|Full name||Predrag Radosavljević|
|Date of birth||June 24, 1963|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, Yugoslavia|
|1982–1985||Red Star Belgrade||2||(0)|
|1985–1990||Tacoma Stars (indoor)||247||(209)|
|1990–1992||St. Louis Storm (indoor)||91||(113)|
|1994–1995||San Jose Grizzlies (indoor)||32||(67)|
|1996–2000||Kansas City Wiz/Wizards||145||(50)|
|2002–2005||Kansas City Wizards||73||(21)|
|2006||Chivas USA (assistant)|
|2014–2015||Sacramento Republic FC|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Predrag Radosavljević (Serbian Cyrillic: Предраг Радосављевић), better known by the nickname Preki (//; born June 24, 1963), is a Serbian American former international association football player who most recently served as head coach of Sacramento Republic FC in the United Soccer 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 (now known as Sporting Kansas City) and Miami Fusion. He is a two-time winner of the MLS award now known as the Landon Donovan 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.
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. In the summer of 1985, the Tacoma Stars head coach Bob McNab spotted Preki at an indoor tournament in Belgrade. McNab signed Preki. 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. He played one season for Råslätts SK in Sweden in 1990. The Stars released Preki in July 1990 as part of a salary reduction move. In August, he signed with the St. Louis Storm. 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. 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. He was the CISL's second leading scorer and league MVP.
Major League Soccer
Preki resumed outdoor play beginning with MLS's inaugural season in 1996 when he joined the Kansas City Wiz, renamed the Wizards after the 1996 season. The league allocated him to the Wiz on February 6, 1996. He played every season of his MLS playing career for the Wizards, except for one season with the Miami Fusion in 2001. After the Fusion were contracted, the Wizards reacquired 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 (now respectively known as the Landon Donovan MVP Award and the MLS Golden Boot) 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.
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.
Preki left Chivas "by mutual consent" on November 12, 2009, following Chivas' failure to progress to the latter stages of the MLS playoffs. He became head coach of Toronto FC on November 19, 2009. However, Preki didn't last the 2010 MLS season with Toronto, being fired along with General Manager Mo Johnston on September 14, 2010. 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 (now United Soccer League) expansion Sacramento Republic FC in advance of their inaugural 2014 season. He won the USL Pro Championship game in September 2014 with the club. On 8 July 2015, Preki announced his resignation from his post to take up a coaching role in the United Kingdom.
It was rumoured that Preki had been been offered the Leicester City head coach position in the summer of 2015 but the club ultimately went in a different direction for the managerial position with the hiring of Claudio Ranieri.
- As of June, 2015
|Chivas USA||January 17, 2007||November 12, 2009||107||41||36||30||132||125||+7||38.32|
|Toronto FC||November 19, 2009||September 14, 2010||32||11||11||10||30||31||−1||34.38|
|Sacramento Republic||July 15, 2013||July 8, 2015||53||33||15||5||108||60||+48||62.26|
- Monografija: 85 godina SD Čukarički (page 91&92) (Serbian)
- `SECRET' SLAV ADDS SOCK TO STARS' SOCCER OFFENSE THE SEATTLE TIMES – Thursday, October 24, 1985
- PREKI EYES RAISE, U.S. CITIZENSHIP – WORLD CUP BERTH IN MIND Seattle Post-Intelligencer – Wednesday, September 13, 1989
- "Råslätts SK – Historia". Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- Tacoma cuts Preki , 5 more to pare costs San Diego Union, The (CA) – Thursday, July 5, 1990
- STARS' PREKI SIGNS WITH ST. LOUIS THE SEATTLE TIMES – Monday, August 13, 1990
- CONTINENTAL INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE USA TODAY (Arlington, VA) – Tuesday, June 7, 1994
- GRIZZLIES ACQUIRE TOP INDOOR PLAYER San Jose Mercury News (CA) – Thursday, July 6, 1995
- The Year in American Soccer – 1995
- Transactions The Kansas City Star – Tuesday, February 6, 1996
- MLS Player Stats
- About Coaches: Preki Radosavljevic, Head Coach
- "Preki replaces Bradley as Chivas USA coach". ESPN Soccernet. Associated Press. January 17, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Chivas USA, Preki part ways". ESPN Soccernet. November 12, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- TFC set to name Preki new head coach
- Wolstat, Ryan (September 15, 2010). "Axed TFC coach Preki fires back". Toronto Sun. QMI Agency. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Republic FC Claims USL PRO Championship". USL Pro. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- Carrick, Buzz (March 5, 2013). "Former Dallas Sidekicks Coach Gordon Jago Named 2013 Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- Preki profile at United States National Soccer Players
- MISL stats
- Preki at National-Football-Teams.com
|MLS Coach of the Year
|C.D. Chivas USA Head Coach
|Major League Soccer MVP
|Major League Soccer MVP
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