Preki: 'It's a pretty easy move for me'

Preki is returning to the Pacific Northwest, where his American soccer career began more than 32 years ago.

He was 19 when he left the former Yugoslavia to play for the Tacoma Stars in the burgeoning Major Indoor Soccer League in 1985.

In 2018, Preki will work with the Seattle Sounders as an assistant coach. He will join a staff that includes Gonzalo Pineda, Djimi Traore and Tommy Dutra and work under head coach Brian Schmetzer with whom he spent the last two of his five indoor seasons in Tacoma.

Preki will be working with his third MLS team after Chivas USA and Toronto FC. His two most recent coaching jobs were in the USL with Sac Republic FC and Saint Louis FC.

Preki coaching career:
2006 Chivas USA (assistant)
2007-09 Chivas USA (head coach)
2010 Toronto FC (head coach)
2014-15 Sac Republic FC (head coach)
2017 Saint Louis FC (head coach)

“I’m excited to be back in Major League Soccer,” Preki said. “My family is from here. My first steps on this continent were here. I was in Tacoma with the Tacoma Stars, and I’ve always had great memories of this place. It’s a pretty easy move for me.”
5 comments about "Preki: 'It's a pretty easy move for me'".
  1. frank schoon, January 13, 2018 at 12:10 p.m.

    I've always liked Preki for he was a technical player, and he had the best cross in the MLS at that time

  2. Ben Myers, January 13, 2018 at 1:24 p.m.

    And Preki shocked Brazil in a friendly with a devastating left-footed shot from distance on the right side, for a 1-0 win.

  3. frank schoon replied, January 13, 2018 at 2:37 p.m.

    I hope they use him to work and improve players kicking/crossing techniques...
    Ben I replied on your post on Rothenberg....

  4. Ginger Peeler, January 13, 2018 at 8:57 p.m.

    I’m delighted with the Preki news. He and Brian started out playing against each other in indoor soccer at the time when all of the outdoor professional leagues had folded. My family had season tickets for the San Diego Sockers where, I believe, Schmetzer began his indoor career. We got to see and watch incredible soccer players! During their time in MLS, Carlos Valdaramma and Preki were the best “pinpoint passers” (my term) in the league. And, when it came to scoring, the coach of the Sockers and, later, the Kansas City Wiz, Ron Newman, said the only way to keep Preki from scoring, was to “lock him in the bathroom”! Steve Sampson, coaching the USMNT st the French 1998 World Cup failed to use Preki to his best advantage and we quickly were eliminated. Preki’s always been one of my favorites, along with Steve Zungul and Julie Veee. I miss being able to watch this sport except on television. San Diego was, and I think still is, a soccer hotbed. I keep hoping to leave Florida and return to California someday. But this announcement brings back wonderful memories. 

  5. frank schoon replied, January 14, 2018 at 11:13 a.m.

    Ginger, watching Preki is enjoyable as well as Steve Zungul...I think both have Yugoslavian roots..

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