Scorpions midfielder, Javier Saavedra, has been named as a player-assistant coach on the Scorpions coaching staff, Scorpions President and General Manager, Howard Cornfield, announced on Tuesday.
Saavedra joins Marcina and assistant/goalkeepers coach, Juan Lamadrid, on the Scorpions coaching staff. The Mexican international will still continue his playing duties for the club along with taking on his new coaching role.
"Javier brings tremendous experience to this position," said Cornfield. "We feel that he can bring an added component to the team aside from his playing capabilities, and we are happy to have him embrace this role."
"We are excited to have Javier as a part of the coaching staff," said interim head Coach, Alen Marcina. "I feel that Saavedra and I can recreate the winning culture that our fans and club expect. Javi is a classy person with valuable playing experience and a sharp mind for the game. Our thought processes compliment each other and I know we can do some great things together for the future of the Scorpions."
Saavedra joined the Scorpions in 2012 and was named as the Scorpions Reserves coach to couple with his playing responsibilities. In 2013, Saavedra has been an integral part of the Scorpions season, playing in over 700 minutes while scoring a goal and compiling a team-high five assists.
"It is a great challenge and an opportunity for my career, and for that I am very grateful to the club," said Saavedra. "I am prepared, and will give my all to help get out of the situation we are in. We need to be united, committed and we have to work hard. I am positive that we will move forward."
Marcina was named interim head coach on August 27th, replacing former Scorpions Head Coach, Tim Hankinson, who had served in the position since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Saavedra and the Scorpions travel to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, September 7th, to take on the Strikers in a crucial match for the club.
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