By NICHOLAS MURRAY – email@example.com
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
McALLEN, Texas – Rio Grande Valley FC named former MLS and U.S. U17 National Team Coach Wilmer Cabrera as its first head coach at a press conference on Wednesday. Cabrera will lead the Toros as they join the USL for the 2016 season as the official affiliate of the Houston Dynamo.
“As an organization we are very pleased to welcome Wilmer Cabrera to the Houston Dynamo technical staff as our head coach of the RGVFC Toros,” Dynamo General Manager Matt Jordan said. “He brings a wealth of experience at all levels of soccer in North America, which made him an ideal candidate. His experience, work ethic and proven track record of guiding some of the top young talent in the U.S. to the professional ranks will be a big asset for our club moving forward.”
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Cabrera led the United States U17s to two FIFA U17 World Cups, where the side advanced out of the group stage on both occasions. After spending two seasons as an assistant coach with the Colorado Rapids, Cabrera was named head coach of Chivas USA for its final season in MLS in 2014.
“I am honored and excited to join the Houston Dynamo organization,” Cabrera said. “The Toros are an important project – a USL team in partnership with the RGV organization. It will be a combination of development with the top young players coming from the Dynamo Academy and drafted players from the college level who want to become professionals. It will also serve the players from the Dynamo first team who are recovering from injuries or need game-related competition. The USL is a professional league and an important piece in the system to prepare and nurture high quality players for MLS clubs.”
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Cabrera’s playing career began in his native Colombia, where he won four championships in a span of eight years for Independiente Santa Fe (1989) and America De Cali (1990, ’92, ’97). Cabrera also appeared 48 times for the Colombian National Team, and competed in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.Cabrera also previously played in the USL for two seasons with the Long Island Rough Riders. Cabrera made 25 regular-season appearances for Long Island from 2004-05, scoring four goals and adding five assists, as the Rough Riders shared a division with the Harrisburg City Islanders and Pittsburgh Riverhounds.