ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A familiar name to local soccer fans has been picked to take over as head coach of the St. Louis FC squad.

Team officials introduced Predrag Radosavljević, better known as “Preki,” at a Wednesday night news conference in Kirkwood.

During one stop of his storied career on the field, Preki played for the St. Louis Storm from 1990-1992. He scored 113 goals in 91 games.

Preki is a 2000 MLS champion, the 2007 MLS Coach of the Year, and a 2014 USL champion.

He most-recently coached the Sacramento Republic of the USL.

“Preki is someone that brings the passion, the determination and the commitment to creating an environment where players are pushed to realize their full potential. His track record of winning at both the MLS and USL levels make him the ideal person to lead Saint Louis FC, but also his ability to develop players during different points in their careers is something we were attracted to. If you look at the players he has helped bring along during his time at Chivas USA, Toronto, and Sacramento, you see a history of making players better and helping them become true professionals,” said St. Louis FC general manager & vice president Jeremy Alumbaugh in a news release.

“Winning, success and an intense desire to compete are part of his DNA,” said Saint Louis FC President Patrick Barry. “We had a very clear vision for what we wanted in our next coach and Preki matches that vision. The appointment of Preki signals our commitment to building the best franchise in the USL.”

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