Giovanni Savarese has lived in the U.S. for more than a quarter century. (Troy Wayrynen/USA TODAY Sports)

After living in the United States for more than a quarter of a century, Giovanni Savarese finally achieved a special status Monday morning.

The Portland Timbers head coach was granted U.S. citizenship, the Major League Soccer team announced.

A long-time New York City resident, Savarese has strong ties to the metropolitan area. He attended Pele Soccer Camps before deciding to continue his education and soccer career at Long Island University Brooklyn.

He played for the Long Island Rough Riders and the MetroStars.

Savarese also was Red Bulls youth director and coached at the Met Oval and then the Cosmos for five seasons, winning three North American Soccer League crowns, before joining Portland in the offseason.