“Gio broke into professional coaching with our club and quickly established himself as one of the finest leaders in U.S. soccer,” Cosmos Chairman, Rocco B. Commisso said in a press release.
During Savarese’s tenure, the Cosmos fielded international stars such as Spain’s Raul and Marcos Senna, and Venezuelan Juan Arango.
“Gio will always be a special person for me,” said Raul. “After almost one year of conversations, he convinced me to start a new journey with the Cosmos in 2015. Not only did Gio lead us to win the Championship that year, but he also got us to be a family and gave us memories I will never forget. Gio is a very hard-working person, with a great heart. He loves what he does and is passionate about being a head coach. I wish him all the success in the world. He deserves it.”
Savarese came to the USA from Venezuela to play for Long Island University, then coached by Arnold Ramirez. He played for the USISL’s Long Island Rough Riders before a five-year MLS career in which he scored 52 goals. He is the fourth all-time MLS leading scorer for the New York Red Bulls, with 41 goals scored during the club’s first three seasons, when they were known as the MetroStars.
Savarese has the Cosmos' only head coach in the new NASL, which they joined in 2013. The Cosmos won the league titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016.