Paul Grafer, Goalkeeper Coach
Former six-year Major League Soccer veteran Paul Grafer joined Chivas USA in mid-February as the team's goalkeeper coach.
The 39-year-old arrives to the Goats'
staff after nearly five years in the same capacity with the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team and four years as a FIFA Instructor.
A College of William & Mary product, Grafer joined MLS in the League's inception in 1996 when he was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the Second Round of the College Draft.
went on to play six seasons with the Rapids
and the Metrostars.
also spent three seasons with the Long Island Rough Riders
(1996, 2000 & 2005), where he
In 2010, after earning his U.S. Soccer Federation "A" License, Grafer became a FIFA Instructor, helping design and implement the international FIFA Goalkeeping Program.
In 2012, when Cabrera joined the Rapids as an assistant coach, Grafer left the fields to join Student Athlete Financial Education (SAFE), an innovative financial education and career development program designed for college student-athletes by former NFL player and Hall of Famer Donald McPherson.
Since then, Grafer
has utilized his
education and sports experience to support SAFE and Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc.
, a New York based non-profit organization that addresses complex social issues through the power and appeal of sports.