Preki joined Sounders FC’s coaching staff prior to the 2018 season after three seasons as a Head Coach in the United Soccer League. The former MLS Coach of the Year brings an extensive resume of 35 years of professional soccer, including 24 as a player and eight as a coach, and returns to the Pacific Northwest after featuring for the Tacoma Stars from 1985-1990.
Preki’s coaching career began as an assistant under Bob Bradley at Chivas USA in 2006, before serving as Head Coach from 2007-2009, accumulating a 47-39-28 record and three postseason appearances, in addition to earning 2007 MLS Coach of the Year. After a year as Head Coach of Toronto FC in 2010, Preki took a three-year break from the sideline before returning in 2013 to coach in the USL for Sacramento Republic FC (2014-2015) and Saint Louis FC (2017), accumulating 42-29-14 record and winning the USL championship in 2014 for Sacramento in its inaugural season.
Born in Yugoslavia, Predrag “Preki” Radosavljevic played as a youth in Belgrade before signing with the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1985, where he featured for five seasons – earning multiple All-Star honors and the 1989 MISL MVP – playing alongside Brian Schmetzer. After a short stint in Sweden and two years with the St. Louis Storm of the MISL, he made the move to Everton of the English Premier League, where he played from 1992-1994. He split the next two seasons between Portsmouth in England the San Jose Grizzlies of the Continental Indoor Soccer League, earning 1995 CISL MVP honors.
He then joined Major League Soccer in its inaugural season in 1996 with the Kansas City Wizards, where he played until 2005 (save for the 2001 season with the Miami Fusion). In his 10 seasons in MLS, Preki tallied 79 goals and 112 assists in 242 appearances, winning 1997 and 2003 MLS MVP and Golden Boot honors, in addition to capturing the 2000 MLS Cup the Kansas City alongside Henderson. Preki and Chris Henderson were teammates in MLS from 1999-2000 with the Wizards, then again in 2001 while both played for the Miami Fusion.
Preki earned 28 caps and scored four goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team after earning his citizenship in 1996, including two appearances in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.