Carson, CA ( - Wilmer Cabrera has been appointed as the new head coach of Chivas USA, the MLS club announced Thursday.

"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 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."

Cabrera spent five years as the United States U-17 national team coach before joining the Colorado Rapids as an assistant last year.

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