After just one season with St. Louis FC, Preki is moving on.
St. Louis FC and head coach Predrag Radosavljevic, better known as Preki, have come to a mutual decision to part ways, the team announced on Sunday afternoon.
“We thank Preki for his passion and commitment to St. Louis FC and wish him the best in his future endeavors,’’ STLFC president Patrick Barry said in a club statement.
Preki, a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, starred here as an indoor player with the St. Louis Ambush and went on to even greater success outdoors with the Kansas City Wizards and the U.S. national team.
In Preki’s lone season, STLFC went 9-14-9 and finished 12th in the United Soccer League’s Eastern Conference, failing to earn a playoff spot for the third straight season. Following a 3-0-1 start, the team struggled to develop any type of consistency. With playoff hopes still alive, the team went 1-4-4 over its last nine games.
In league play this season, STLFC was outscored 48-35.
STLFC did manage some success in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, winning two games before losing 1-0 at home to Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire in one of STLFC’s better start-to-finish efforts of 2017.
Prior to joining STLFC, Preki coached MLS’ Chivas USA and Toronto FC and led Sacramento Republic FC to the USL title in 2014.
Preki, 54, has been rumored to be the first head coach of the California United Football Club. That club, with Eric Wynalda as technical director, is to begin competing in the North American Soccer League in 2018.
STLFC will introduce its new coach 6 p.m. Monday at Westport Social, 910 Westport Plaza Dr. The announcement will be open to the public.