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USL's Miami FC adds Clavijo to staff

February 13, 2009

Miami FC announced the hiring of Fernando Clavijo as Director of Soccer. Clavijo will lead Miami's efforts to expand its team and player divisions throughout the CONCACAF region.

"Clavijo is a multicultural soccer veteran who understands the world of FIFA and is especially well-versed in the Latin American and North American soccer markets. He is uniquely qualified to drive our team and player initiative in this region. From a Miami FC perspective, his experience as a coach and player will be invaluable for our GM, coaching staff and players," said Aaron Davidson, vice president of Traffic Sports USA and president of Miami FC.

Fernando Clavijo is a native of Maldonado, Uruguay, but earned 61 caps with the U.S. men's national team. He was admitted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.

"This is a dream job after years of playing and coaching," said Clavijo. "It's soccer at a totally different dimension. I am thrilled about the opportunity to scout for, develope and place soccer players without being limited to the needs and interests of one particular team.

"I have always believed in the United States as a diamond in the rough for the development of players, both US-born and foreign players. The U.S. offers the best infrastructure and training in the world. Now it's a matter of identifying the top prospects and leveraging the strengths of our U.S. infrastructure and training capabilities to make them the best they can be."

Most recently, Clavijo was the head coach of the Colorado Rapids in MLS from December 2004 until August 2008.