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Minnesota United is interested in hiring Giovanni Savarese as its coach for MLS.

By Grant Wahl
November 02, 2016

There will be two expansion teams coming into MLS in 2017, and one of them is Minnesota United, which has yet to say who its coach will be.

Sources say that Minnesota has interest in Giovanni Savarese, the New York Cosmos coach, as well as former Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid and current Sporting Kansas City assistant Kerry Zavagnin. One source said the most likely scenario involves Minnesota hiring someone who has not been a head coach in MLS before.

Many observers think Savarese, who played for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, New England Revolution and San Jose Earthquakes during his well-traveled career, will coach in MLS at some point and may be more likely to take a job sooner rather than later with the troubles that the NASL is having.

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Savarese has enjoyed plenty of success with the Cosmos, winning league titles in 2013 and 2015, and he was in contention for Houston Dynamo job that ultimately went to Wilmer Cabrera.

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