November 19, 2012
Cosmos to name Savarese their coach today
By Michael Lewis
|Giovanni Savarese will be named New York Cosmos coach today.
Giovanni Savarese, one of the area's most popular pro players and most prolific strikers, will get an opportunity to coach a pro soccer team.
The former MetroStars standout will direct the New York Cosmos during the 2013 North American Soccer League season, acccording to reliable sources.
Savarese will be named coach on Monday, the sources said.
The Cosmos will compete in a league for the first time since 1984.
The 42-year-old Savarese most recently was the director of the New York Cosmos Academy. He had returned to the MetroStars in 2005, where he was the director of youth development with the rebranded Red Bulls through 2007.
A graduate of and a lethal striker at Long Island University, Savarese scored a league-best 33 goals for the Long Island Rough Riders en route to their 1995 U.S. Interregional Soccer League championship on a team that included future Major League Soccer players Tony Meola, Chris Armas and Jim Rooney.
He went on to enjoy a five-year career in Major League Soccer. He scored 41 goals in 85 appearances over three seasons for the MetroStars, which is second only to Juan Pablo Angel on the team's all-time scoring list. He also played for the New England Revolution and San Jose Earthquakes.
Savarese also performed overseas for Swansea City an Millwall in England, Perugia and Viterbese in Italy and Deportivo Italchacao in Venezuela.
He made 23 international appearances for Venezuela, scoring four goals, including three during World Cup qualifying.
Savarese also has been a commentator for ESPN Deportes.
The Cosmos will play the 2013 NASL as an expansion team at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., which the original NASL team called home in 1972 and 1973.
The club recently named former Red Bulls managing director Erik Stover as its Chief Operating Officer.