Gio on MdG and firing:
Firing Savarese was one of the stupidest moves in club history. Good job, MdG.
"It was very sour, very difficult, Savarese said. It came in a moment where there was a lot of hard work, Actually, I remember it was a great article in Soccer America saying the [Red Bulls] Academy was one of the best at the time. The decision made did not have anything to do with the person, the reputation, my work. It just came from a person who just did not understand about soccer. He had no idea about what the connection is between a player and a club, had no understanding of the importance of being in that position to carry. He came from a different world that was difficult to understand what soccer was. It was very difficult to work with a person like that.
In the end, I took a stand, I wasnt going to accept this person to be the same way he had kept on being. with his approach to the game. I am always a purist, Im 100 percent to soccer. At that point, he felt it was his decision to separate me from my job. It was very sour because it was a club that I loved being apart of. I had a connection with the players. We created a great program. Having to separate on the way it was done, an incompetent person, it was a little bit difficult. Year after year, you leave it alone. I come from a mindset that I like to do things the right way. I didnt want to do anything to the detriment of the club because of the passion I had for the club."
Gio then won everything he could with the Cosmos and has been pretty darn good with Portland.
MdG left Red Bull to crash Purple Beverage a year later before somehow being rehired, thankfully only on the business side. I wouldn't say his "expertise in marketing" has ever been on display here.