Report: Timbers to name Giovanni Savarese next head coach

ESPN reports Giovanni Savarese will replace Caleb Porter, who unexpectedly stepped down in November.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Timbers are reportedly set to name their next head coach.

ESPN reports Giovanni Savarese will replace Caleb Porter, who unexpectedly stepped down in November.

Savarese has coached the North American Soccer League's New York Cosmos for the last five seasons. He led the Cosmos to a 65-26-51 regular season record and three league championships during that time.

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Prior to becoming a coach, Savarese played professionally for nearly 20 seasons, including five in the MLS. He played for the Venezuela national team from 1989-2001.