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Former Kansas City Wizards star Preki named Saint Louis FC head coach

Predrag Radosavljevic, known by the name Preki, was honored with a framed Wizards jersey before the start of a 2005 contest.
Predrag Radosavljevic, known by the name Preki, was honored with a framed Wizards jersey before the start of a 2005 contest. The Kansas City Star

The best scorer in Sporting Kansas City franchise history will call St. Louis his next home.

Saint Louis FC, a United Soccer League club, introduced Preki as its newhead coach Wednesday, the fourth coaching gig for the former Kansas City Wizards star.

Preki won two MVP awards and one MLS Cup in Kansas City and remains the franchise leader in goals (79) and assists (112).

He has managed twice in the MLS with Toronto FC and Chivas USA, but his most recent job was with USL-club Sacramento Republic. He departed the latter job in July 2015 — and this is where his track took a bizarre turn.

Preki was rumored for a return to the English Premier League to coach Leicester City, and he hinted as much in a statement, saying, "The opportunity ahead is a lifetime dream for me and a chance to challenge myself at the highest level of the game."

Except it never happened.

He lost out on the job to Claudio Ranieri and essentially disappeared from the soccer scene for more than a year.

After announcing him as its new head coach, Saint Louis FC tweeted, "We found him."

In return, Preki may have found an avenue back to MLS. League commissioner Don Garber has tabbed St. Louis as a possible site for an expansion club.

Saint Louis finished 14th in the USL Eastern Conference this season. The club plays its home matches at World Wide Technology Park in Fenton, Mo.

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