By DAN KARELL
With his team on the verge of clinching a place in the NASL Soccer Bowl, the New York Cosmos made Giovanni Savarese an offer he couldn’t refuse to remain with the club for the long-term.
The Cosmos announced on Tuesday morning in a press release that Savarese has signed a “multi-year” extension to remain with the club after leading his side to first place in the standings through 12 weeks in the NASL Fall Season and an undefeated campaign at home. Per league and club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“What Gio has achieved as a first-year coach is exceptional,” Cosmos Chairman Seamus O’Brien said in a club 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 42-year-old former Striker was hired as the team’s head coach on November 19, 2012 and charged with putting a team together from scratch. Through his vast scouting network and array of contacts, he was able to sign former MLS players like Carlos Mendes, Hunter Freeman, and Danny Szetela as well as bring in a number of international players such as Marcos Senna, Roversio, and Ayoze, to name a few.
“It’s an honor and privilege to coach this storied club,” said Savarese 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.”
If the Cosmos (7-4-1, 25 points) tie or win their next match at the San Antonio Scorpions next Saturday, they’ll clinch a place in the Soccer Bowl where they’d meet the Atlanta Silverbacks on November 9 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The Silverbacks earned the right to host the Soccer Bowl based on them winning the NASL Spring Season.
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