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January 3, 2012
Cabrera to leave as U.S. U-17 coach

CHICAGO---U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that Wilmer Cabrera will be leaving his role as head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team after the two sides mutually agreed to part ways.

"After several discussions with Wilmer, we agreed that parting ways at this time was the best way forward," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "We appreciate Wilmer's contributions to U.S. Soccer during the past four years with the Under-17 Men's National Team. We wish him all the best in the future."

Cabrera will coach the team through January, including an international trip to Turkey, as U.S. Soccer transitions to a new coaching staff to oversee the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.

A search for a replacement is underway.

"I've enjoyed my time with the U-17s, but my journey with U.S. Soccer will be coming to an end," Cabrera said in a statement. "I am looking forward to the next stage of my coaching career."

Cabrera was named the coach of the U-17 Men's National Team in the fall of 2007. During his four years, he guided the U.S. to the Round of 16 in both the 2009 and 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cups.

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