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Pedrag 'Preki' Radosavljevic

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MNT vs Costa Rica Highlights Sept 7 1997

The U.S. Men's National Team defeated Costa Rica in this classic World Cup Qualifying encounter in Portland, Ore. Tab Ramos scored a superb goal for the USA in a vital 1-0 win during qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

MNT vs Brazil Highlights Feb 10 1998

Highlights of the USA's famous victory against Brazil during the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Preki scored the winner for the USA and a 10-save performance from goalkeeper Kasey Keller preserved the memorable win.

National Soccer Hall of Fame Inducts Four New Members For 2010

CHICAGO (Aug. 10, 2010) — The National Soccer Hall of Fame inducted four new members today in a ceremony that took place before the USA’s match with Brazil at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The 2010 Induction Class includes Thomas Dooley and Preki Radosavljevic in the Player category, Bruce Arena as a builder and Kyle Rote Jr. as a Veteran.

The four were also introduced on the field before the game in front of a near-sellout crowd of along with past Hall of Fame inductees.

“Every Hall of Fame class is special in its own way and this one highlights a time of unique growth in our U.S. Soccer history,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati. “Clearly Bruce took our national team to new levels of performance and world recognition while also playing a very important role in the development of Major League Soccer. Thomas was a leader on our national team during an important period during the 1990s while Preki was one of the most influential players in MLS history. Kyle is one of our American soccer pioneers and the contribution of his generation should be celebrated.”

A member of the U.S. 1998 FIFA World Cup team, Preki Radosavljevic was a prolific scorer in his MLS career. He earned both the MLS MVP and Scoring Champion honors twice in 1997 and 2003, and is the only player to do so twice. His U.S. career included the game-winning goal against Brazil in the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal.

German-born Thomas Dooley joined the U.S. squad in 1992 as a dual citizen and was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1993 when he started 17 matches and scored four goals for the U.S. The defender played every minute of the USA’s four matches at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and later captained the U.S. squad in France during the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Entering the Hall of Fame as a builder, current Los Angeles Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has done more to push the U.S. towards the top echelon of world soccer than any previous coach. A former head coach at the University of Virginia, Arena built a dynastic program, winning five national titles (including four consecutive) during 18 years in Charlottesville. After winning MLS titles with D.C. United in the league’s first two years, Arena was eventually named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team in late 1998. Under Arena, the U.S. achieved its best modern era finish at the FIFA World Cup by reaching the quarterfinals in 2002.

Kyle Rote Jr. joins the hall as the only American-born player to lead the NASL in scoring, taking the top spot in his debut season in 1973 while with the Dallas Tornado. His public spotlight grew even more with his participation in the made-for-television ABC Wide World of Sports Superstars competition, which he won in three out of the four years he competed. Rote defeated athletes like O.J. Simpson, Lynn Swann, Julius Erving and Roger Staubach and was the first to person to win the event three times. He earned five caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1973-1975.

Along with this year’s inductees, Paul Gardner was awarded the Colin Jose Media Award for his extensive work covering soccer throughout a distinguished print and television career.

Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in America by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come.

One of Major League Soccer’s original players, Predrag “Preki” Radosavljevic concluded a 10-year career in 2005 as the league’s all-time points leader and the only player with five seasons of at least 10 goals and 10 assists. The same year he retired, he was honored as a member of the MLS all-time Best XI.

His career began in the U.S. in the Major Indoor Soccer League and by the end of his professional career in the U.S., Radosavljevic would be a four-time MVP and 16-time All-Star in three different leagues and retired with 28 caps and four goals for the U.S. National Team.

Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1963, Radosavljevic’s professional career began at Red Star Belgrade in 1983 where he played for two years, winning a championship in 1984 prior to being recruited to join the Tacoma Stars of the MISL in 1985 by head coach Bob McNab. In Tacoma he averaged 44 goals and 45 assists in five seasons, winning the MISL MVP Award after a 104 point 1988-1989 season. Radosavljevic’s next stop was with the St. Louis Storm as the MISL was renamed the Major Soccer League, where he played two seasons including a career-high 121 points (68 goals) in 1991-92.

Following this indoor success, Radosavljevic’s career took him to England where he joined Everton on a 100,000-pound transfer as the English Premier League was launched for the 1992-93 season. With the Toffees, Radosavljevic recorded four goals in 46 appearances. He returned to the U.S. in the summer of 1994 where he made eight appearances for McNab’s San Jose Grizzlies of the Continental Indoor Soccer League before returning to England for the 1994-95 season where he scored five league goals and two FA Cup goals for first-division Portsmouth before a return to the Grizzles in 1995. There, Radosavljevic earned his second indoor league MVP award with 51 goals and 38 assists in 24 games.

His indoor career closed with eight total All-Star appearances and 399 goals and 384 assists in 370 games, but another chapter of his career began with the launch of MLS in 1996.

Radosavljevic went on to play nine of the first 10 MLS seasons with Kansas City Wizards earning both the MLS MVP and MLS Scoring Champion honors in 1997 and 2003, and as of his induction to the Hall of Fame remains the only player to do so twice. After winning MLS Cup with the Wizards in 2000, he moved to the Miami Fusion in the offseason, only to return to the Wizards one year later when the Fusion ceased operations.

From 1996-2003, Radosavljevic started each MLS All-Star game – the only player to do so – and was one of just three players along with Jeff Agoos and Cobi Jones to be selected to those first eight teams. He was a four-time member of the annual Best XI (1996, 1997, 2001, 2003), earning the honor for the last time in his fourth-career MVP season at the age of 40. In 2004, his Wizards won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with Radosavljevic appearing in just a semifinal after missing much of the year due to injury. After the 2005 season, he retired as the all-time MLS points leader and the only player with five 10 goal, 10 assist seasons (although Jaime Moreno has broken and tied those records, respectively).

All told, during his MLS career he tallied 79 goals and 112 assists in the regular season, while adding another 10 goals and five assists in the playoffs.

Radosavljevic gained U.S. citizenship on Oct. 25, 1996, and nine days later made the first of his 28 U.S. Men’s National Team appearances on Nov. 3 in a FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Guatemala. Immediately thrust into the U.S. qualifying campaign under Steve Sampson, he would make seven appearances overall in qualifying, recording his first international goal in a 2-2 tie with Guatemala on Dec. 21 of that year and in 1997 starting in the 3-0 win against Canada that clinched a berth to France 1998.

At France 1998, Radosavljevic made two appearances, including playing against his native Yugoslavia in the final group match. Of his four career goals, the most memorable is surely the game-winner against Brazil in the 1998 Gold Cup semifinal match that earned the U.S. its only win against Brazil.

Late in a game that the Brazilians had been controlling, the United States were doing all they could to relieve the pressure on Kasey Keller and the defense that had stood tall so far. In the 65th minute, the U.S. gained possession with a counterattack that soon found Eric Wynalda with the ball on the left side. Laying it off to Radosavljevic in the middle, the midfielder received the pass with a defender closing him down. Faking to the right and pulling it back onto his patented left foot, he took one step forward and fired past the goalkeeper to the left post.

Following retirement, Radosavljevic became an assistant coach under current Men’s National Team coach Bob Bradley at Chivas USA, taking the reins full-time in 2007 when Bradley departed to the U.S. post. A successful debut season for the club earned him Coach of the Year honors. After taking Chivas USA to the playoffs in each of his three years in charge, Radosavljevic took a position as the head coach at Toronto FC prior to the 2010 season.

Awards and Honors

• 1998 U.S. FIFA World Cup Team
• MLS Cup Champion, 2000
• Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champion, 2004
• MLS MVP, 1997 & 2003
• MLS Scoring Champion, 1997 & 2003
• Eight-Time MLS All-Star
• 1999 MLS All-Star Game MVP
• MISL MVP, 1989
• CISL MVP, 1995
• Seven-Time MISL/ MSL All-Star
• One-Time CISL All-Star
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 4-Year Totals






 MLS Career: Regular Season
 Year Club 




 1996  Kansas City Wizards






 1997  Kansas City Wizards






 1998  Kansas City Wizards






 1999  Kansas City Wizards






 2000  Kansas City Wizards





 2001  Miami Fusion





 2002  Kansas City Wizards





 2003  Kansas City Wizards






 2004  Kansas City Wizards



 2005  Kansas City Wizards



 10-Year Totals  






 MLS Career: Playoffs
 Year  Club  GP/GS MIN   Pts.
 1996  Kansas City Wizards  5/5  450  4  1  9
 1997  Kansas City Wizards  2/1  135  1  0  2
 2000  Kansas City Wizards  7/7  611  0  1  1
 2001  Miami Fusion  6/6  449  2  1  5
 2002  Kansas City Wizards  3/3  265  3  1  7
 2003  Kansas City Wizards  3/3  297  0  1  1
 6-Year Totals    26/25  2,207  10  5  25

 Year Club 



 1985-86  Tacoma Stars (MISL)





 1986-87  Tacoma Stars (MISL)





 1987-88  Tacoma Stars (MISL)





 1988-89  Tacoma Stars (MISL)





 1989-90  Tacoma Stars (MISL





 1990-91  St. Louis Storm (MSL)





 1991-92  St. Louis Storm (MSL)





 1994  San Jose Grizzlies (CISL)





 1995  San Jose Grizzlies (CISL)





 9-Year Totals