Timbers hire Cosmos' Giovanni Savarese as new coach

Published 2:39 p.m. ET Dec. 18, 2017 | Updated 3:10 p.m. ET Dec. 18, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Giovanni Savarese has been named coach of the Portland Timbers

Savarese, 46, has been coach of the North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos since 2012. He led the team to three Soccer Bowl championships in five seasons.

The Venezuelan forward played for 18 seasons in Europe and in the United States, including stints with Major League Soccer’s MetroStars (Red Bulls), New England Revolution and San Jose Earthquakes.

“The passion, ambition and support surrounding this club is truly inspiring, and I am sincerely honored and grateful for this opportunity to lead it on the pitch and to build on the club’s history of success for the community and the incredible supporters of the Portland Timbers,” Savarese said in a statement Monday.

Under Savarese, the Cosmos were 65-26-44 in 135 regular-season games. The team went 20-7-5 in 2016 and had an undefeated spring season the year…

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