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The former USA Under-17 national team coach will take charge of a Major League Soccer team for the first time.

Chivas USA announced Thursday that the club has appointed Colorado Rapids assistant Wilmer Cabrera as its head coach.

"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," Cabrera said in a team release. "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."

Prior to his time with the Rapids, Cabrera was coach of the USA U-17 national team for five years, leading the team to round of 16 appearances at the 2009 and 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Cabrera began his professional career with Colombian side Santa Fe de Bogota in 1985, and went on to play professionally for 18 years in Colombia, Argentina, Costa Rica and for the United Soccer League’s Long Island Rough Riders.

Chivas USA had two coaches in a dismal 2013 season: Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, known as "Chelis," who was fired early in the season, and then Jose Luis Real, who returned to Chivas de Guadalajara after the season.

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