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
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
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.”