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Charlie Stillitano

Charlie Stillitano (Soccer.  Born, Elizabeth, NJ, Dec. 4, 1959.)  Vice president and general manager of the MetroStars for their first four seasons, Charles Stillitano is a former soccer player and coach turned executive who is also an attorney.  After a four-year career at Princeton, Stillitano played professionally with New York United in 1981.  From 1984-87, he […]

Colin Stephenson

Colin Stephenson (Sportswriter.  Born, Jamaica, W.I., Jan. 27, 1964.)  A journalism major at St. John’s, Colin Andrew Stephenson began his professional career as a news reporter at the Courier-News (Bridgewater, N.J.) in 1987.  Stephenson switched to sports in 1988 and moved to the Asbury Park Press in 1989.  At the Press, he was a ubiquitous N.H.L. […]

Giovanni Savarese

Giovanni Savarese (Soccer.  Born, Caracas, Venezuela, July 1, 1970.)  As the first goal-scoring star of the MetroStars, Giovanni Savarese set career records in just three seasons that were standing almost a decade later.  Savarese who also set records at L.I.U., scored 41 goals in 85 games for the M.L.S. team in its first three seasons (1996-98).  […]

Nick Sakiewicz

Nick Sakiewicz (Soccer.  Born, Passaic, NJ, Jan. 14, 1961.)  Rarely in pro sports has a team experienced the dramatic turnaround that the MetroStars effected following the appointment of Nick Sakiewicz as general manager Jan. 13, 2000. Having the worst record in the four-year history of Major League Soccer in 1999 (7-25), the team went 17-12-3 in […]

Tim Howard

Tim Howard (Soccer.  Born, North Brunswick, NJ, Mar. 6, 1979.)  A high school basketball and soccer player at North Brunswick H.S., Timothy Howard became one of the top goalkeepers in U.S. history with the MetroStars.  Howard’s emergence was even more remarkable since he was born with Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder.  He turned pro immediately […]

Clint Mathis

Clint Mathis (Soccer. Born, Conyers, GA, Nov. 25, 1976.) In the span of 67 games over a four-season period, Clinton Mathis became the second-highest career goal scorer in MetroStars history. Mathis came to the MetroStars on May 16, 2000, in a dispersal draft after Los Angeles acquired Luis Hernandez. He scored 13 goals with 13 […]

Bob Bradley

Bob Bradley (Soccer.  Born, Montclair, NJ, Mar. 3, 1958.)  Bob Bradley was already a well-known name in New York-New Jersey soccer circles even before being named MetroStars coach after the 2002 season.  The first coach to reach 100 career M.L.S. victories (which he did with the Metros), he joined the expansion Chicago Fire on Oct. […]

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