Wilmer Cabrera leaving U-17 team

Updated: January 3, 2012, 3:48 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- U.S. Under-17 soccer coach Wilmer Cabrera is leaving after 4½ seasons, the latest shake-up since Jurgen Klinsmann was hired to run the national team.

Cabrera coached the Americans to the second round of the 2009 and 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cups. The U.S. Soccer Federation said in a statement Tuesday that his departure was by mutual agreement and he will stay on through the end of the month.

Klinsmann, a former German national team star and coach, replaced Bob Bradley in July. Akron's Caleb Porter was hired in October as coach of the Under-23 team as it tries to qualify for the London Olympics, and former American national team star Tab Ramos replaced Thomas Rongen as the Under-20 coach.

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