Giovanni Savarese, the former Venezuelan National Team striker and Major League Soccer star, is a soccer analyst for ESPN International and ESPN Deportes. He joined ESPN in May 2007 following a prolific soccer career as a player (1986-2004) and executive (2005-2007). He brings his passion for soccer to his role as an analyst for ESPN’s coverage of Major League Soccer matches and European Qualifiers.
A native of Caracas, Savarese turned professional at age 15. His exceptional soccer career includes 30 caps and 10 goals for the Venezuelan National Team. His MLS career started in 1996 when he was selected by the MetroStars in the league’s Inaugural Draft and played there for three seasons. He continues to be the MetroStars all-time leading scorer with 44 goals. He 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. Savarese also 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. In August 2010, he joined the New York Cosmos in the role of Director of the Cosmos Academy with a focus on developing youth talent in New York. In November 2012, he was announced as the head coach of the Cosmos for the 2013 North American Soccer League season.
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.