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  1. alan ball

    alan ball Player Valuation: £50m

    Preki has joined the coaching staff as an assistant at Seattle Sounders since his departure from Saint Louis. I wish him well.

    While Preki may no longer be a household name, it’s worth remembering just how remarkable his career was and where he got his start in American soccer. After moving here from his native Serbia where he was a little-used player with Red Star Belgrade, Preki scored more than 200 goals for the Tacoma Stars (1985-1990), paving the way for him to become the greatest player in indoor history (more than 400 career goals). After short stints with Everton and Portsmouth, he came to MLS where he twice won the Golden Boot, became the only two-time winner of the MLS MVP, and earned 28 caps with the United States national team. After retiring in 2005 at 42, he moved into the coaching ranks and was reasonably successful as a head coach with Chivas USA (2007-09) and Toronto FC (2010) before resurfacing with the USL’s Sacramento Republic (2014-15). He left the Republic under somewhat strange circumstances, as it was rumored that he was poised to take a job in England that never materialized. Preki’s last coaching gig was with the USL’s St. Louis FC, but he left after they missed the playoffs this year.

    Along the way, Preki has been a teammate of both Brian Schmetzer and Chris Henderson. From 1988-90, Schmetzer was a player/assistant coach with the Stars. Both played for the St. Louis Storm (another indoor team) in 1991. Preki was also teammates with Henderson for two seasons with the Kansas City Wizards (1999-2000), including the year they won MLS Cup.

    What role Preki might play on the Sounders staff is still unknown. Gonzalo Pineda effectively served as Schmetzer’s top assistant this year and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. But they’ve also never really replaced Ante Razov, who left following the 2016 season. With S2 moving to Tacoma next season, adding a coach with local ties to the staff would check an additional box.

    Add all of this together, and there’s plenty of reason to give this report some serious attention. From the Sounders perspective, it seems almost like a no-brainer.
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  2. kev

    kev Player Valuation: £30m

    Just a couple of years ago he was being tipped as Leicester City boss.
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  3. Cels

    Cels Player Valuation: £10m

    Always liked Preki; bet he was unbelievable at 5-a-side :D
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  4. ilikecheese

    ilikecheese Member: Team PoP

    Watched him a few times when he was at Tacoma. He was miles ahead of everyone.
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  5. Khalekan

    Khalekan Player Valuation: £70m

    When was Preki a household name?
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  6. Charles Plastusz

    Charles Plastusz Player Valuation: £500k

    All his life in his own house
  7. Khalekan

    Khalekan Player Valuation: £70m

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  8. Dario Terracotta

    Dario Terracotta Player Valuation: £70m

    Anyone remember the team sheet from a pre season tour many moons ago, the swiss side we were playing had him down as "Pricki"lol
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  9. Dario Terracotta

    Dario Terracotta Player Valuation: £70m

    I think we signed him from an indoor soccer league side in the States,possibly seven a side,I may be wrong?:)
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  10. ijjysmith

    ijjysmith Calm

    Going from St Louis to the Sounders is quite the upgrade.

    Fair play to him.
  11. Cels

    Cels Player Valuation: £10m

    Spot on, St. Louis Storm was the team ;)
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  12. Neiler

    Neiler Player Valuation: £70m Forum Supporter

    Loved Preki back in the day he and Bob the Pole were all very exotic as we were pile driving our way to the Zenith Data Systems Cup final.
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  13. COYBL25

    COYBL25 10/11/17 - Still doing a massive jig here Forum Supporter

    Seem to remember that he had worse stamina levels than Geri lol
  14. daza_1973

    daza_1973 Player Valuation: £60m

    Remember witnessing his worldy in our 5-2 Maine road rout of city back in 1993 ..
    The good old days when city new their place in the scheme of things

    CRIMHEAD Player Valuation: £15m

    My favorite american player of all time. He'd do the same step over cut back move over and over again and NO ONE could stop it. Scored a few in an Everton kit, too.
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