The New York Cosmos have hired former New York/New Jersey MetroStars standout Giovanni Savarese as the team’s new head coach.
Savarese takes the position after having served as director of the Cosmos Academy and manager of the Cosmos U-23 team that played in the USL Premier Development League.
“With his stature and connections in the New York area, combined with his eye for talent and leadership ability, Gio is the perfect candidate to lead the Cosmos back to the playing field,” said Cosmos COO Erik Stover.
The Cosmos will begin play in the NASL in 2013 and Savarese will be taking on his first professional head coaching job after years as a highly-respected academy and youth coach.
“I know how much the New York Cosmos mean to the local soccer community, understand my great responsibility and am excited about the challenges ahead,” Savarese said. “I’m thrilled and appreciative for the opportunity and look forward to putting together a competitive team.”
Savarese spent three seasons with the MetroStars as a forward, scoring a then club record 44 career goals for the Metros. He spent time as MetroStars head of youth development from 2005 to 2007.
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