Former Wizards great Preki is ready for his close-up.
Preki will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Tuesday, prior to the United States national team’s game with Brazil at the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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A Wizards original, Preki is the only two-time league MVP in MLS history and spent nine seasons in Kansas City, collecting 79 goals and 102 assists, both Wizards all-time records. Preki also made 28 appearances, two at the 1998 World Cup, for the United States national team and scored four goals, including the game-winner in the United States victory over Brazil in the 1998 Gold Cup semifinals.
Preki scored the final goal of his illustrious career in the 90th minute of the last match of the 2005 season, becoming the oldest player to score a goal in MLS history at age 42. He is also the oldest MVP in American professional sports history, winning the award in 2003 at age 40. He was also named to the All-Time MLS Best XI as part of the league’s 10th anniversary season in 2005.
Preki also played for Everton and Portsmouth in England, and he had a prolific indoor career as well. Preki had 209 goals in 247 games with the Tacoma Stars from 1985-90, then he tallied 113 goals in 91 games for the St. Louis Storm from 1990-92. He was a member of the San Jose Grizzlies from 1994-95 as well, scoring 67 goals in 32 games.
In addition to the individual honors, Preki helped Kansas City win the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup in 2000, recording 16 assists to go with his three goals on the historic year. He also was on the 2004 squad that won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and advanced to the MLS Cup finals.
Tuesday’s private ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. The 2010 Induction Class includes Thomas Dooley and Kyle Rote, Jr., as well as former U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena.
What is your favorite Preki moment in Kansas City (not including his meltdown when Toronto lost 1-0 last month)?