Chivas USA announced Thursday that head coach Wilmer Cabrera has added another member to the coaching staff, goalkeepers coach Paul Grafer. The 39-year-old is a veteran of the league and has coaching experience to boot, coming from the same U.S. U-17 national team staff that Cabrera helmed.
Grafer entered MLS in 1996 out of the College of William & Mary, after being drafted by the Colorado Rapids, where he played until 1998. He ultimately had four separate stints with the Long Island Rough Riders, the same team Cabrera finished his playing career with and Chivas assistant coach Paul Caffrey played on (see a pattern emerging?). Grafer was also a member of the Charleston Battery and New York/New Jersey MetroStars, though throughout his career he served primarily as a backup 'keeper.
During his time with the MetroStars, Grafer and his clothing choice became a meme, before we even had a name for such things.
Following his playing days, Grafer divided his time between coaching and working in private enterprise and non-profit organizations. He's been an instructor for FIFA, in addition to his stint with the U.S. U-17s 2007-12.
Grafer replaces Claine Plummer as Chivas' goalkeepers coach, who joined the first team midseason last year from the organization's Academy. No word on whether Plummer will continue with the Academy teams.
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