#TBT: MLS Star’s American Career Began in Downtown Brooklyn

Giovanni Savarese competed for LIU Brooklyn from 1990-93.

Giovanni Savarese competed for LIU Brooklyn from 1990-93.

LIU Field will provide a home for the 2015 Northeast Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament.

One-quarter of a century ago, that same field was home to arguably the top footballer to compete for a NEC program – Giovanni Savarese.

A native of Caracas, Venezuela of Italian descent, Savarese moved to the United State to compete collegiately for LIU Brooklyn in 1990.

He went on to score 50 goals during his tenure with the Blackbirds. Twenty-one of those tallies came during the 1992 season, which ended with Savarese winning the NEC Player of the Year award.

Following his LIU career, the talented striker was eventually taken in the ninth round of the inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) Player Draft by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (presently known as the New York Red Bull). He provided the lone goal in the franchise’s first-ever game and produced 44 markers during his time with the team.

Savarese, who was enshrined into the LIU Brooklyn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, remains heavily involved in the sport of football. He is the head coach for the New York Cosmos and also provides on-air analysis for the Family of ESPN networks.

 

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