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Preki joins Sounders coaching staff

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This marks a return to the Puget Sound, where Preki got his start in America.

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Arguably the most decorated player to have ever spent time playing in the Pacific Northwest has formally joined the Seattle Sounders coaching staff. On Friday it was announced that Pedrag Radosavljevič, better known as “Preki”, would become the newest assistant to Brian Schmetzer.

Although he’s likely best remembered for his exploits with the Kansas City Wizards — where he became the only player to win two Golden Boots and two MLS MVPs — Preki came to the United States through Tacoma, where he carved out an amazing run with the Stars. From 1985-90 he scored more than 200 goals.

It was there where he first met Schmetzer. They were teammates there for parts of three seasons, and then for parts of two seasons with the St. Louis Storm as well. After moving to MLS in 1996, Preki was also teammates with Sounders Sporting Director Chris Henderson.

Despite being 33 by the time he joined MLS, Preki still managed to carve out an outdoor career that is still amazing. At 40, he won his second MVP award and he was a MLS All-Star in his final season at 42. Preki also earned 28 caps and scored four goals for the US men’s national team. In 2010, he was named to the US Soccer Hall of Fame.

Preki’s post-playing career has included four separate stints as a head coach, two of them in MLS and one that resulted in him winning coach of the year. His last coaching job was with St. Louis FC in the USL.