New York Cosmos name Giovanni Savarese first head coach

The former Metrostars forward will be on the sideline as the legendary name takes the field as a professional soccer team for the first time in almost three decades.
The New York Cosmos announced on Monday that former Venezuela national team striker Giovanni Saverese will be the first head coach of a professional Cosmos team since 1985.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Savarese moved to the United States to play college soccer in 1990. He then embarked on a career as a journeyman striker, most often in MLS, but also doing stints of varying degrees of success with several European sides.

In 2010, he was named Academy director for the Cosmos organization, and in 2011, he coached a Cosmos team in the amateur Professional Development League.

The Cosmos, who have previously stated their ambitions to become an MLS side in the future, will take part in the second-tier North American Soccer League in 2013, with home games set to be played at Hofstra University's James M. Shuart Stadium.

Savarese, who spent three seasons with the New York/New Jersey Metrostars (now the New York Red Bulls), has spoken before about the need for an accessible top-flight soccer team in the city of New York.

"I think that there’s definitely the need for a team in the New York Area," Savarese told in 2011. "I think we’ve been starving for a team in the area which everybody could drive to and participate. Guys from Long Island can come and support a team that has so much tradition. So I definitely think we need a team in New York City, not in New Jersey."

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