Preki Radosavljevic was named Chivas USA's fourth Head Coach on Jan. 17, 2007, replacing former Chivas USA boss Bob Bradley, after serving as assistant to Bradley during the 2006 MLS season.
A two-time MLS Most Valuable Player and one of the most prolific attacking players in league history, Preki earned MLS Coach of the Year honors in 2007, his first season as a head coach at the professional level, after leading the club to a 15-7-8 record (W-L-T) and first place in MLS's Western Conference.
Born Predrag Radosavljevic on June 24, 1963, in Belgrade, Serbia, Preki would go on to a storied 22-year playing career spanning Yugoslavia, England and the United States, before retiring from professional soccer at the remarkable age of 42. His career highlights include two seasons with Everton in the English Premier League (1992-1994); league titles with Red Star Belgrade (1984) and Kansas City Wizards (2000); being named MLS's only two-time MVP (1997 and 2003, the latter at age 40); and representing the United States at the 1998 World Cup and 1998 Gold Cup, where he scored the Americans' lone goal in a historic 1-0 win over Brazil.
Preki began his playing career at age 20 with his hometown club, Red Star Belgrade (1983-1985), where his talented left foot helped the Yugoslavian giants to a league title in 1984. After playing indoor soccer in the United States with MISL sides Tacoma Stars (1985-1990) and St. Louis Storm (1990-1992), Preki returned to Europe to play two seasons for Everton of the nascent English Premier League (1992-1994), and one season at Portsmouth of England's First Division (1994-95). His return to the U.S. saw another brief stint in indoor soccer with the San Jose Grizzlies of the CISL (1995), before joining the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer's inaugural year (1996). Preki played for one year with the Miami Fusion (2001), but was re-acquired by Kansas City in the 2002 MLS Dispersal Draft, only after every other team in the league had passed on selecting him. He would retire with the Wizards in 2005 at age 42.
One of the most spectacular attacking players in MLS history, Preki registered regular-season totals of 79 goals and 112 assists during his 10-year MLS career. He was an MLS champion with Kansas City in 2000, and is the league's only two-time MVP, having earned the honor in both 1997 and 2003. He was named a starter on the MLS All-Star team eight times (1996-2003) and All-Star MVP in 1999. He was also named to the MLS Best XI four times (1996, 1997, 2001, 2003). Preki is among the top-ten all-time MLS regular-season leaders in the following categories: goals (79), assists (112), games played (242), shots on goal (323), and fouls suffered (410).
Preki gained U.S. citizenship in 1996 and played 28 games for the U.S. national team (seven as a starter) from 1996-2001, including two games in the 1998 World Cup in France, where he faced off against his native Yugoslavia. As a U.S. national team member, he recorded four goals, none more spectacular than his long-range left-footed strike at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 10, 1998 in the U.S.'s 1-0 win over Brazil, the Americans' only victory ever against the South American giants.
On Nov. 7, 2008, Preki was named MLS Coach of the Year after leading the club to a 15-7-8 record (W-L-T) and first place in MLS's Western Conference, in his rookie campaign as a manager.