Giovanni Savarese: “I am committed to the Cosmos. I am here. I want to win this championship. What I’m thinking is 100 percent for the team.” (Joy Rubenstein/FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
By Michael Lewis
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Apparently, something was lost in the translation about Giovanni Savarese’s recent interview with a Venezuelan radio station.
There were reports that Savarese said he was leaving the Cosmos after this season, although he said that was not the case.
Since the head coach is in the final year of his contract with the club, that could very well be the case, but Savarese claimed he did not say exactly that in the interview.
Savarese Saturday night stressed that he was staying with the club through the rest of the North American Soccer League season.
“The interview was about [Juan] Arango,” Savarese said after the Cosmos’ 3-1 win over Miami FC at MCU Park. “They called me to talk about the new signing and Arango coming back. We spoke at length about that.”
There were other subjects as well, one that became controversial.
“They asked about MLS and I explained there were opportunities in the past and you never know what can happen in the future,” Savarese said.
“From that came up so many things that I didn’t say. For me, I am committed to the Cosmos. I am here. I want to win this championship. What I’m thinking is 100 percent for the team.”
Minnesota United expressed interest in talking to Savarese after last season, but the previous Cosmos owners did not give permission.
Savarese has directed to three NASL championships over his four season in charge of the club, including the last two years.