Preki, who led Republic FC to Saturday’s USL Pro championship in the expansion franchise’s first season, was named the league’s coach of the year during a ceremony today at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.
Republic FC’s Nemanja Vukovic was named defender of the year.
Kevin Molino of Orlando City SC was named most valuable player, and John McCarthy of the Rochester Rhinos won goalkeeper of the year and rookie of the year honors.
Republic FC, which finished second in the regular season with a 17-7-4 record and 55 points, hosts the Harrisburg City Islanders (10-11-7) in the championship Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Bonney Field. The sold-out match will be broadcast by Ch. 31, with the pre-game show beginning at 7 p.m.