June 27, 2004 |
Preki has gone from defying time to biding it. The seemingly ageless midfielder, Major League Soccer's only two-time MVP, turned 41 Thursday without having played a minute this season. "It's a tough thing," said the Kansas City Wizards star, who broke his left shinbone and dislocated his ankle in a spring exhibition game. "I'm not really a patient guy, so it's been very difficult."
May 4, 2007 |
Chivas USA Coach Preki said Thursday evening that Honduran midfielder and former Major League Soccer MVP Amado Guevara had played his final game for Chivas. "Yes, I think so," Preki said, even though a planned trade that would have sent Guevara to Toronto FC in exchange for Brazilian midfielder and former Galaxy player Paulo Nagamura had fallen through Wednesday. Preki yanked Guevara out of Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Galaxy in the 56th minute and afterward was blunt in his assessment.
October 10, 1996 |
A couple of weeks ago, Major League Soccer sent out a videotape featuring the top 20 goals scored this season. If the Los Angeles Galaxy coaching staff is on its toes, it has had its players studying goal No. 18 this week. If not, what happened on July 6 at Arrowhead Stadium could easily be repeated at the Rose Bowl tonight when the Galaxy takes on the Kansas City Wiz at 7:30 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Here's what the videotape of goal No.
February 8, 1998 |
That jumble of letters across the back of his U.S. national team jersey--R-A-D-O-S-A-V-L-J-E-V-I-C--is his real name. When he plays for Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards, he prefers a shorter version. Then, he is known simply as Preki. But a wizard by any other name is still a magician.
July 14, 2008 |
Pachuca defender Bruno Marioni scored off a disputed free kick and midfielder Gerardo Rodriguez also got a goal as the defending champions beat Chivas USA, 2-1, in the SuperLiga Group B opener Sunday night at Carson. Chivas Coach Preki called Marioni's goal a "changing point" in the game, and was upset with a yellow card given to midfielder Francisco Mendoza preceding the free kick. He thought Mendoza's tackle was clean, but the referee thought otherwise.
February 11, 1998 |
Their names were Billy Gonsalves and Bert Patenaude, and the reason they are mentioned here will become clear before long. For now, however, simply remember their names. Why? Because the United States on Tuesday night scored one of the great upsets in soccer history, defeating Brazil--as in world champion Brazil--on a superb second-half goal by Preki. The 1-0 result stunned the Los Angeles Coliseum crowd of 12,298 almost as much as it did the Brazilians.
December 3, 2009 |
Martin Vasquez imagined many times his aspiration to become coach of Chivas USA. He shared that dream two years ago with Shawn Hunter, the team's president and chief executive, and with Antonio Cue, the team's part-owner. He did it shortly after becoming an assistant coach with Bayern Munich. "The very last thing I said to him," Hunter said, "was it would be an honor for me to introduce you as the head coach at Chivas USA." That finally happened Wednesday when Vasquez, 45, was hired as the club's fifth head coach.
December 15, 1990 |
Sockers Coach Ron Newman had little trouble finding a topic for his halftime talk during Friday night's 8-5 victory over the St. Louis Storm. The Sockers went into the locker room with a 3-1 lead after 30 minutes. But don't blame the Sockers if they felt somewhat uncomfortable. In three previous meetings with the Storm this season, the Sockers had halftime leads, only to blow two in overtime. "We look at our history, and we stink the place up in the third quarter," Newman said.
November 6, 2008 |
Leaning over a fence at the Home Depot Center's track and field stadium Wednesday morning, Chivas USA Coach Preki could only nod his head in agreement. Yes, he admitted, it has been the most challenging of his three seasons in charge of the Major League Soccer team. "I'm still a young coach, and I think this is one of those years that you grow a lot, as a person, as a coach, in many ways," he said.
October 26, 2007 |
Predrag Radosavljevic, better known as Preki, was an international soccer player for 22 years, but he spent his last few seasons on the field thinking about how to become a good coach. His studies have already paid off. In his first season as a head coach he's turned Chivas USA into one of Major League Soccer's biggest success stories. Chivas posted the second-best record in the league this season and on Saturday will begin the playoffs in Kansas City against the Wizards, Preki's former team.