Giovanni Savarese, the former Venezuelan National Team striker and Major League Soccer star, is an analyst for ESPN’s soccer games in Latin America and on ESPN Deportes. Savarese joined ESPN in May 2007 following a prolific soccer career as a player (1986-2004) and executive (2005-2007).
Savarese brings his passion for soccer to his role as analyst for ESPN’s coverage of Major League Soccer matches and European Qualifiers. In addition, he provided analysis for the men’s soccer matches from the 2007 Pan American games.
Savarese’s exceptional soccer-playing career includes 30 caps and 10 goals for the Venezuelan National Team. A native of Caracas, Savarese turned professional at age 15.
Savarese was selected by the MetroStars in Major League Soccer’s Inaugural Draft in 1996 and played there for three seasons. He still is the MetroStars all-time leading scorer with 44 goals. Savarese played for two other MLS teams – the New England Revolution and the San Jose Earthquakes – as well as club teams in England, Italy and Venezuela, including Millwall FC, Swansea City, Caracas FC, UA Tachira and Sassari Torres. He played for the Long Island Rough Riders of the United Soccer Leagues in 1995 and was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame in 2007.
After retiring from professional soccer in 2004, Savarese joined the MetroStars as Director of Youth Soccer and Player Development (2005-2007). Savarese served as a freelance commentator for ESPN’s soccer telecasts from 1996 to 2004, while he was a professional player.
Savarese graduated from Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he played soccer for four years, with a degree in Business Marketing. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English.
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