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After spending five seasons as head coach of the New York Cosmos, Giovanni Savarese is set to join, Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.

During his time in the big apple, Savarese has led the NASL side to three Soccer Bowl championships, holding the 2013, 2015 and 2016 titles. The Venezuelan leaves the Cosmos following a season in which they settled as runner-ups to the San Francisco Deltas.

The position opened up in Portland following the departure of long-term boss, Caleb Porter, in November. The Timbers topped the Western Conference of Major League soccer and were eliminated by Houston Dynamo in the playoff semi-final.

Porter commented on his exit saying, “I’m emotional thinking about leaving but also look forward to what’s ahead in the next chapter of my career.”

Savarese has experience in MLS, however it comes from being a player. The 46 year-old was a MetroStar from 1996-1998, played for the Revolution in 1999 and called San Jose home shortly in 2000.

Coach Gio will have a lot to work in his new job, having the opportunity to coach 2017 MLS MVP, Diego Valeri. The Argentine knocked in 21 goals in the 2017 campaign and contributed 11 assists as well.

Cosmos defender, Ryan Richter, payed tribute to his now former coach on twitter saying, “Gio is a top coach but an even better man. It’s about time the best coaches in this country go to MLS.”

The First Team Podcast would like to thank Giovanni Savarese for all he has accomplished with the New York Cosmos and wish him the best with his new opportunity.

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