MLS: MetroStars and Revolution hire head coaches

The MetroStars have named former L.A. Galaxy coach Octavio Zambrano their new head coach. The New England Revolution has hired Fernando Clavijo, who spent the 1999 season as MetroStars assistant coach to Bora Milutinovic. Zambrano, 41, compiled a league record of 39-18 record between 1997 and 1999. His .684 winning percentage as a head coach is the highest in MLS history. His 1998 Los Angeles team shattered the MLS record for goals scored with 85, while his defense allowed only 44. The 1998 Galaxy team finished with the best record (24-8) and the most points (68) of any team in league history. It lost in the MLS semifinals to the Chicago Fire. "This is certainly an exceptional opportunity, and I embrace the challenges that lie ahead," Zambrano said. "Outside the U.S. national team job, I consider this the premier coaching opportunity in the United States." Zambrano was Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He came to the United States to play at Southern California's Chapman University in 1980. His new contract will take effect on Jan. 1, 2000. Zambrano replaces Milutinovic, who parted with the MetroStars after the team posted the worst record in league history in 1999. In New England, Clavijo succeeds Walter Zenga, who was released by New England shortly before the end of the 1999 season. Steve Nicol served as the interim head coach. Clavijo was a member of the United States' 1994 World Cup team. Managing Director of Kraft Soccer Sunil Gulati said, "After an extensive search, Fernando proved to be the most talented and qualified person to lead the Revolution. He possesses an exceptional mind for the game, an extensive knowledge of and a proven ability to work well with both American and international players, and a tireless work ethic. We are delighted to welcome him to New England." Clavijo, 43, has previously served as the assistant coach of the US Pro-40 Select team, comprised of the talented young American professional players. In addition to his stint as MetroStars assistant coach, he was the head coach of the Florida Thundercats of the National Professional Soccer League from 1998-1999 and led the Seattle Seadogs to the Continental Indoor Soccer League Championship in 1997. As a player, Clavijo made 61 appearances for the United States in 1990-1994, starting in three games for the USA in the 1994 World Cup. He was a standout defender for the indoor San Diego Sockers, and also played in the NASL and American Soccer League. "I am thrilled to be the Revolution's head coach," Clavijo said. "The incredible fans of New England, the strength of the team's ownership and organization, and the potential of the players, make the Revolution the perfect place to coach. This team will feature a fast-paced attacking style, emphasizing a combination of individual flair and creativity and team organization. We have a lot to do to make our goals a reality. The process begins immediately." Clavijo was born in Maldonado, Uruguay.
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