January 31, 2013
IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
Cosmos, Savarese sign striker Dimitrov to a contact
Having filled the net for Long Island University, the Long Island Rough Riders and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, Giovanni Savarese certainly knows a goal-scorer when he sees one.
And Bulgarian native and forward Stefan Dimitrov can score goals in bunches. He did so for Concordia College, winding up as the leading NCAA Division II goal-scorer in the nation in 2008 (23 goals in 17 games). He also did so for the Brooklyn Knights last year (seven goals in eight matches). And he impressed the current New York Cosmos head coach with he played with the Cosmos Under-23 team two years ago.
On Thursday, the Cosmos signed the 28-year-old forward to a contract.
"There are different things that Dimitrov brings to us," Savarese said. "He has some qualities that he will contribute to the style of play we want to play.
"I definitely believe he . . . will contribute in a big way. He's a hard-working player. He wants to succeed. He has passion for the sport 100 percent. I think he's going to bring all that to the team. Besides the fact, he was with us before. We like to give recognition and be loyal to people who have been loyal to us. I think that it makes sense. He is a good player in the local leagues. We're looking for players in the local leagues. The doors are open. He is a player who is going to contribute in a very positive way for us."
Dimitrov played 12 games for the Chicago Fire during the 2009-2010 seasons, failing to score a goal.