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There's been another coaching change in the U.S. Soccer youth tree under the Jurgen Klinsmann regime.
Months after Thomas Rongen and Mike Matkovich made way for Tab Ramos and Richie Williams on the Under-20 and U-18 levels, respectively, U.S. Soccer and U-17 national team coach Wilmer Cabrera have mutually agreed to part ways, according to a federation press release.
Cabrera had guided the U-17s since 2007, including trips to the 2009 and 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cups. This past summer, the U.S. U-17s made it out of the group stage to the Round of 16, where they lost to eventual third-place finisher Germany, 4-0. He also led the U-17s to a championship at last month's Nike International Friendlies, where the United States beat Brazil and Turkey and tied France.
Cabrera won't officially be out until the end of the month, after he coaches a group of U-17s during a trip to Turkey. U.S. Soccer says that a search for the next coach to head the U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla., is underway.
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