October 22, 2013
Cosmos sign Savarese to multi-year contract extension
|Giovanni Savarese: “It’s an honor and privilege to coach this storied club."
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The New York Cosmos announced Tuesday morning that head coach Giovanni Savarese has signed a multi-year contract extension with the North Ameerican Soccer team.
As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Savarese was named head coach of the Cosmos on Nov. 19, 2012 and given the task of guiding the team during its first year back in competitive play in 29 years.
A former Venezuelan international, Savarese had never previously served as a head coach in the professional ranks. The 42-year-old Savarese has led the Cosmos (7-1-4, 25 points) to first place in the NASL fall season as the team needs a win in its final two regular-season games to clinch a post in Soccer Bowl in Atlanta on Nov. 9. The Cosmos visit the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday night.
“What Gio has achieved as a first-year coach is exceptional,” Cosmos chairman Seamus O’Brien said in a statement. “He’s managed to put together a cohesive squad playing good soccer in a very short amount of time. We have a vision for the team’s future and Gio has proven on the field that he’s the man who can help deliver it.”
The Cosmos, who have a nine-game unbeaten streak (6-0-3), finished their fall home schedule at 5-0-2 at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium.
“It’s an honor and privilege to coach this storied club,” Savarese said in a statement. “I’ve had tremendous support from day one with our ownership group and I have the benefit of working with a great staff and group of players.”
Savarese earned 30 caps and scored 10 goals for the Venezuelan National Team. He also played two seasons with the Long Island Rough Riders, helping them to the U.S. Interregional Soccer League crown in 1995. He also spent three seasons with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, scoring a then-club record 44 career goals.
His most prolific season as a striker came during a loan in England when he scored 14 goals for Swansea City in 2000-2001.