Radosavljević, known endearingly as “Preki,” is often cited as one of the best midfielders ever to play Major League Soccer (MLS). Preki is one of the most notable U.S. professional soccer players of his generation as he made a total of 28 international appearances for the USMNT. At the club level, he spent time playing for Everton and Portsmouth, both of the English Premier League (EPL).
Making his U.S. debut in 1985 with the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), Preki was awarded the MISL MVP in 1989. When Major League Soccer (MLS) launched in 1996, Preki began what would become an illustrious career with Sporting Kansas City, formerly known as the Kansas City Wizards. While playing for the Wizards, he won the 2000 MLS Cup as well as the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
He played every season for the Wizards with the exception of 2001 when he played for the Miami Fusion. That same year, the Fusion won the MLS Supporter’s Shield, an award given to the team with the best regular season record, as determined by the MLS points system.
Competing during the first 10 season of MLS, he scored 79 goals earned 112 assists, and was named MVP twice – once in 1997 and again in 2003. He is the only MLS player to have won the MLS MVP Award and MLS Scoring Champion Award twice. Preki was named to the MLS All-Time Best XI in 2005.
Preki retired in 2005 while playing for Kansas City Wizards, and eventually went on to become the head coach of Chivas USA in 2007. He left to become head coach for Toronto FC in 2010 and in the same year was inducted as a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. Before his time in MLS, Preki competed for both Everton and Portsmouth during successful stints in Europe and played indoors for Tacoma Stars, St. Louis Storm and San Jose Grizzlies.
Following retirement from playing, Preki became an assistant under former USMNT coach Bob Bradley with Chivas USA. In 2007, Preki was named head coach of Chivas USA and honored as MLS Coach of the Year. In 2010, Toronto FC hired Preki as head coach and won the 2010 Canadian Championship.
To have appointed a person of Preki’s caliber is indicative of our serious intent to establish the best organization not only in the USL PRO, but looking beyond to the future with MLS.” Graham Smith, Technical Director for Sacramento Professional Soccer