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Giovanni Savarese

  • Class
  • Induction
  • Sport(s)
    Male Student-Athlete
LIU Brooklyn
Caracas, Venezuela/Los Arcos
Men’s Soccer • 1990-93

The Northeast Conference has enjoyed tremendous success in the sport of men’s soccer throughout its history, and of all the players who have played a role in that success, LIU Brooklyn’s Giovanni Savarese is right at the top of the list.

Savarese’s list of accomplishments while at LIU Brooklyn is impressive to say the least. He was tabbed the 1992 NEC Player of the Year and was a three-time All-NEC honoree. As a junior in 1992, he ranked fifth in the nation with 21 goals. One year later Savarese was named a First Team NSCAA All-American. The Venezuelan native also earned All-New York Region first team honors as a junior and senior.

Savarese finished his career with 50 goals and 23 assists in 71 games. He ranks sixth on LIU’s career goal scoring list and was elected to the LIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

He was also at the top of his game in the classroom. Savarese was named a Scholar-Athlete All-American as a senior and was a member of the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Savarese’s professional career following graduation was a prosperous one that included stops in the MLS and USISL in the United States, and stints with clubs at the top levels in England, Italy and Venezuela. He was drafted by the NY/NJ MetroStars in the inaugural MLS Draft in 1996 and scored the first eight goals in the franchise’s history. Savarese finished with 44 goals in his three years with the MetroStars, which stood as the team record until 2007.

Savarese is currently the head coach of the New York Cosmos, a position he has held since 2013. He has led the Cosmos to the NASL crown in two of his three years at the helm of the club.

Arnold Ramirez coached Savarese during his time at LIU Brooklyn, and was effusive in his praise for his former player.

“Coaching Giovanni was easy,” remembered Ramirez. “The most important quality that I looked in my players was to be a good person. If you are going to have a player for four years you must recruit good people. As a person Giovanni was an outstanding leader. He got along well with everybody, he respected his teammates and always encouraged them to do well. He always thought of the team first. At times I used him in the back, in the midfield or as a forward. He never complained. At practice he gave everything. Always in a good mood. He was very strong physically and mentally. Giovanni knew what he wanted when he came to LIU. Getting an education was his goal and he was an excellent student. I was so proud of him when I coached him at LIU and I was so proud of him when he came to the combine in MLS in 1996 to start the league. He is an incredible human being and he is a perfect example that nice guys can finish first.”

I want to congratulate Giovanni Savarese on his induction into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame,” said Tony Meola, a former teammate of Savarese on the MetroStars. “Giovanni has been a model for so many and I am honored to call him a teammate, but more importantly a friend. Congrats to Gio and his beautiful family. So well deserved.”