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October 29, 2007
Freedom of the Game

"Here in the United States, more kids than any other country in the world are playing soccer. In my opinion, they play soccer because of the freedom of the game, because they feel freedom to be creative on the field. They can express themselves on the field and freedom is something the kids love. We have to take advantage of that, and guide them to use that freedom in the best way."

-- New U.S. U-17 boys national team coach Wilmer Cabrera, the former Colombian World Cup veteran who moved to New York four years ago.

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Cabrera becomes the first Hispanic head coach of a male U.S. national team at any age level.

Click HERE for quotes from U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and Cabrera from the press conference announcing his hiring.















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