New head coach Oscar Pareja completed his Colorado Rapids technical staff, which is highlighted by the hire of Wilmer Cabrera as an assistant coach.
The other new additions are assistant Paul Caffrey and goalkeeper coach David Kramer. Fitness coach John Ireland, team administrator Erik Carlson, head athletic trainer Jaime Rojas, and equipment manager Carlos Garcia will remain from last season.
Following a first-round playoff exit, the Rapids parted ways with Gary Smith and replaced him with Pareja. The Colombian previously served as an assistant under his countryman Cabrera with the U.S. U-17 national team.
Cabrera led that team to two Round of 16 finishes in U-17 World Cups, but left the USSF in early January and was replaced by Richie Williams.
"Wilmer is a talented, experienced coach, and his presence will strengthen our whole club," Pareja said. "With Wilmer, Paul Caffrey, David Kramer and the rest of the staff, we have all the pieces in place, and we’re eager to get the season started."
Caffrey was an assistant to Cabrera with the U-17s as well.
Kramer was a former Rapids goalkeeper, among other MLS teams, and has coached in Colorado for the past five years.
“We’re thrilled to have such an experienced and accomplished group leading our team,” said Rapids technical director Paul Bravo. “The work that our technical staff has done at every level of soccer will help us continue to develop and improve our team.”
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- Wilmer Cabrera
- Paul Caffrey
- Oscar Pareja
- David Kramer