Preki named Saint Louis FC manager


Saint Louis FC has made a major splash with their new managerial signing.

The team announced that Predrag ‘Preki’ Radosavljevic would take over as the second manager in the franchise’s young history ahead of the team’s third season. Preki takes over after his role at the Sacramento Republic, where he guided the team to a 33-15-5 record while winning a USL championship in the team’s inaugural 2014 season.

Prior to his stint at the Republic, Preki coached at the MLS level. He managed Chivas USA from 2007-2009 with a 41-36-30 record while winning Coach of the year Honors in 2007. He then managed Toronto FC to an 11-11-10 mark from 2009-2010.

“Preki is someone that brings the passion, the determination and the commitment to creating an environment where players are pushed to realize their full potential,” said general manager Jeremy Alumbaugh. “His track record of winning at both the MLS and USL levels make him the ideal person to lead Saint Louis FC, but also his ability to develop players during different points in their careers is something we were attracted to.  If you look at the players he has helped bring along during his time at Chivas USA, Toronto, and Sacramento, you see a history of making players better and helping them become true professionals.”

Preki impressed as a player as well, with stints at Everton and Portsmouth before returning to the U.S. for MLS inaugural season in 1996. Over his 10-year MLS career, Preki was twice a scoring champion and won the league MVP twice, the only player to do so, and won the 2000 MLS Cup with the Kansas City Wizards. Preki made 28 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team, scoring 4 goals.

“Winning, success and an intense desire to compete are part of his DNA,” said club president Patrick Barry, “We had a very clear vision for what we wanted in our next coach and Preki matches that vision.  The appointment of Preki signals our commitment to building the best franchise in the USL.”

  • froboy

    Wait, didn’t he just win the Premier League with Leicester City??? Makes me laugh thinking of those rumors of him to Leicester, even funnier after they won the title.


    • SilverRey

      He left because he had a friend who was trying to buy an EPL team and was offering the coaching job to him. If it had worked out it would have been a huge step for him. Unfortunately that deal fell through. He hung around with promises of another team being bought instead, but nothing materialized and he ended up wandering through European clubs for a while – thus #WHERE’S PREKI


  • Old School

    With the St. Louis FC hiring of former US National Team member, Preki, US Today reached out to the authority on the topic, Abby Wamach, to provide her opinion on whether or not he’s capable of success:

    “I’d love to sit down with Predrag Radosavljevic and talk to him about it,” said Wambach. “I’d love to understand how much he loves his country. Does he have that killer instinct? I don’t know, but I’d want to have that conversation.”


    • Joe Dirt

      Her comments on dual nationals are beyond ridiculous. Most forget that technically Donovan himself was dual national thru Canada. She’s had to have seen the games and watched Jermaine Jones’ face when he has to come out early or John Brooks after his WC goal. Preki is legend of course as well. No doubt they bleed Red, White, and Blue.


      • Old School

        Her books sales are in the tank and she’s figuratively taking a knee to gain attention and get back in the public eye.


  • Joe from San Antonio

    Not quite Everton is it… He jumped ship a little too soon in Sacramento thinking he was going to be their new boss. Had to lay low afterwards. Awkward! #wherisPreki?


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