Former Colorado Rapids assistant coach Wilmer Cabrera is the new head coach of Chivas USA. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The number of coach-less MLS teams is down to one.
Chivas USA hired former U.S. Under-17 and Colorado Rapids assistant coach Wilmer Cabrera as its new manager Thursday, leaving FC Dallas as the only team without a coach in the days leading up to the MLS Combine and SuperDraft. Dallas is reportedly closing in on prying Oscar Pareja away from Colorado to replace Schellas Hyndman, a move that would leave the Rapids without its head coach and top assistant from a 2013 playoff team.
Cabrera steps in for Jose Luis Real, who returned to parent club Chivas Guadalajara. He had stepped in for the ousted Jose Luis Sanchez Sola (aka Chelis), during a tumultuous campaign for the Goats that included a 14-game winless streak and six wins total.
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“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 statement. “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.”