Chivas USA Appoint Wilmer Cabrera as Head Coach
Two-time World Cup Colombian joins the Red-and-White after two seasons as an assistant coach with Colorado Rapids
CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014) – Chivas USA announced today the appointment of Wilmer Cabrera as the Rojiblancos’ new head coach to lead the club heading into Major League Soccer’s 2014 season. The Colombian national joins the Red-and-White organization after serving as the Colorado Rapids’ assistant coach under former Colombian National Team teammate Oscar Pareja. Per club and league policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
“I’m really excited and motivated to be joining Chivas USA, as well as very grateful to the organization for the support they have given me,” stated the newly-appointed head coach. “It’s a big opportunity join an MLS professional club and an institution that wants to be one of the top teams in the League; a team that is not only eager to participate but that also wants to be competitive in MLS. I’m proud to be part of Chivas USA and MLS and I hope that this year the team can show that mindset and motivation in each and every of the 34 games we are going to play during the regular season.”
Prior to joining the Rapids, Cabrera spent five years serving as the United States U-17 Men’s National Team coach. During his tenure with the Stars and Stripes, Cabrera guided the youth national squad to a successful qualifying campaign and Round of 16 appearances at the 2009 and 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Between 2005 and 2007, Cabrera began working on his passion for developing young players while coaching the U-17/18 team at the prestigious B/W Gottschee Club. The Ridgewood, NY-based team was one of the original 62 clubs chosen as an inaugural member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
The former Colombian National Team member from Cartagena is a two-time FIFA World Cup veteran, having competed in Italy ‘90 and France ’98. During his nine-year run with the national team, Cabrera earned 48 caps as a defender.
At age 17, Cabrera began his professional career with Santa Fe de Bogota in 1985. He went on to play professionally for 18 years in Colombia, Argentina and Costa Rica, spending eight of those years with prestigious Colombian club America de Cali.
In the mid-90s, Cabrera became a founding member of Chico Futbol Club and served as the team’s first head coach and led the newly-formed club to ascend to Colombia’s First Division after just two seasons.
In 2003, Cabrera moved to the United States and played for two seasons with the United Soccer League’s Long Island Rough Riders. Upon retirement, the Colombian continued contributing to the growth of soccer in the US as a manager of fan development within MLS. Working in this capacity, Cabrera served as the spokesperson for MLS Futbolito and Verano MLS, two programs aimed at grassroots development of soccer in the U.S.
Chivas USA welcome Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera to the Red-and-White organization.
Fact Sheet: Chivas USA Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera
Name: Wilmer Cabrera Linares
Title: Head Coach of Chivas USA
Date of Birth: Sept. 15, 1967 (age 46)
Previous clubs: Colorado Rapids, U.S. Men’s National Team (U-17; U-18), B.W. Gottschee (USL Super-Y League North American); Suffolk County Community College
· Youth Development coach at the international level, Cabrera was born on Sept. 15, 1967 in Cartagena, Colombia.
· United States U-17/18 Men’s National Team coach from 2007 to 2012. Most recently served as assistant coach with the Colorado Rapids under his former Colombian National Team teammate Oscar Pareja. Together they guided the Rapids to the 2013 MLS Playoffs.
· While with the U.S. National Team, Cabrera guided the young national squad to a successful qualifying campaign and Round of 16 appearances at the 2009 and 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
· As a professional player, Cabrera spent the majority of his career in Colombia’s Division A (Santa Fe, America de Cali, Independiente Santa Fe, Millonarios, Tolima), Costa Rica and Argentina as a defender. He won four Colombian League titles, one with Independiente Santa Fe in 1989 and three with America de Cali (1990, 1992, 1997).
· As an international defender he earned 48 caps with the Colombian National Team. He represented the Tricolor in the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cup, while missing out on the 1994 tournament with a knee injury.