Wilmer Cabrera’s next challenge will be the Montreal Impact. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
Well, it didn’t take long for Wilmer Cabrera to find a new job.
Firing as coach of the Houston Dynamo last week, the former Colombian international and Long Island Rough Rider was hired in the same position with the Montreal Impact Wednesday.
He replaced Remi Garde, who was given the axe the same day.
Assistant coach Wilfried Nancy and goalkeeper coach Rémy Vercoutre will remain in Cabrera’s coaching staff. Patrice Bernier also will join the first team technical staff as assistant coach, while assistant coach Joel Bats and fitness coach Robert Duverne will not remain with the Impact.
“Because I have so much respect for Rémi as a person and as a professional, it was a very difficult decision to make and it was well thought, but our latest series of failures in the past couple of months and the way the team acts on the field led to that change,” Impact president and CEO Kevin Gilmore said. “We hope to bring back confidence to this group of players for the last stretch of the season, to get a playoff spot and to perform in the Canadian Championship final. I would like to sincerely thank Rémi Garde for his commitment and his professionalism with our club since he joined in November 2017. I wish him only but the best in the future.”
Garde guided Montreal to a 10-14-3 mark this season, having won but once in its last eight matches. The Impact is tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The team had a record of 24-29-8 in MLS regular season action under him, missing the playoffs in 2018 after finishing seventh in the conference.
Cabrera, 51, who coached B.W. Gottschee (Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League) for several years, directed the Dynamo to the Western Conference finals during the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs and won the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2018. He guided
In MLS, he was also head coach of Chivas USA during their last season in club history in 2014, and was assistant coach with the Colorado Rapids during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He also was the head coach of the Under-17 U.S. national team, from 2007 to 2012.