Wilmer Cabrera

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cabrera and the second or maternal family name is Linares.
Wílmer Cabrera
Personal information
Full name Wílmer Cabrera Linares
Date of birth (1967-09-15) September 15, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Cartagena, Colombia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current team
Chivas USA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Santa Fe 61 (22)
1990–1997 América de Cali 307 (33)
1997–1998 Independiente 12 (2)
1998 Millonarios 15 (5)
1999 Santa Fe 25 (17)
1999–2000 Tolima 10 (3)
2001 Chicó ? (?)
2001–2004 Herediano 15 (6)
2004–2005 Long Island Rough Riders 25 (4)
Total 470 (92)
National team
1989–1998 Colombia 48 (3)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Suffolk County Community College (assistant)
2006–2007 B.W. Gottschee
2007 United States U18
2007–2012 United States U17
2012–2013 Colorado Rapids (assistant)
2014 Chivas USA
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).

Wílmer Cabrera Linares (born September 15, 1967) is a retired Colombian football defender and coach. He was the last head coach of Chivas USA in U.S. Major League Soccer in 2014. He was formerly an assistant coach of the Colorado Rapids and the United States Under-17 national team.


His clubs included América de Cali, Millonarios, Chicó, Independiente of Argentina, Herediano of Costa Rica and Long Island Rough Riders of the United States.

International career[edit]

He was capped 48 times and scored 3 international goals for Colombia between 1989 and 1998.[1] Cabrera played three matches at the 1998 World Cup, and was an unused substitute for the 1990 World Cup. He also played in four Copa América competitions in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 1997.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring, Cabrera started working in Major League Soccer's front office as a community development manager working on Hispanic grassroots and youth programs. He also worked as an assistant coach for Suffolk County Community College men's soccer team. Cabrera is also a coach with top ranked youth soccer club B.W. Gottschee, based in Queens, New York.

Cabrera earned his USSF A Coaching License in 2005 and has been a member of the U.S. Under-18 Men's national team staff since January 2007, serving as an assistant coach. He was named by the United States Soccer Federation as head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team on October 25, 2007. On January 24, 2012, he was replaced in this role by Richie Williams.

On January 31, 2012, Cabrera was named assistant coach for Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.[2]

On January 9, 2014, Chivas USA appointed Cabrera as head coach.[3]

As of May 12, 2014
Team From To Record1 GF GA GD
G W L T Win %
Chivas USA Jan 9, 2014 10 2 5 3 20.00 12 19 -7
Total 10 2 5 3 20.00 12 19 -7


Season Team Title
1989 Colombia Independiente Santa Fe Copa Colombia
1990 Colombia América de Cali Colombian league
1992 Colombia América de Cali Colombian league
1997 Colombia América de Cali Colombian league


  1. ^ rsssf: Colombia record international footballers
  2. ^ "Cabrera, Caffrey join Pareja's coaching staff". Colorado Rapids. January 31, 2012. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Chivas USA Communications (September 15, 1967). "Wilmer Cabrera es nombrado Director Técnico de Chivas USA | Chivas USA appoint Wilmer Cabrera as Head Coach | Chivas USA". Cdchivasusa.com. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 

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