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Sky Blue names Gabarra coach, technical director

Piscataway, N.J. (Sports Network) - Sky Blue FC of Women's Professional Soccer has named former Washington Freedom manager Jim Gabarra its new head coach and technical director.

Gabarra spent the past 10 years with Washington, and he was the only coach to lead his team to the playoffs in each of the first two WPS seasons. He stepped down as coach late last month.

"I expect to build a team that will make the area very proud, and I'm excited about the challenge," Gabarra said. "It�s going to be an interesting year that will involve some change, yet we will make our decisions with positive results as the goal.

"Obviously, I went through a lot of change myself in leaving a place I've been for the past 10 years, but change is good. I'm excited about the possibilities here with Sky Blue FC."

Sky Blue FC also announced that Rick Stainton will remain with the 2009 WPS Champions, taking over the role of assistant for the upcoming season.

"When we had the opportunity to pursue someone like Jim Gabarra, with his experience and knowledge, I thought it was a tremendous opportunity for us," said Stainton, who took over as head coach when Pauliina Miettinen was removed from the position midway through this past season. "From day one, I always said that I want what is best for this team and our players, and I am sincere in that statement.

"We are fortunate to have someone with the experience that Jim has at the helm, and I personally consider myself fortunate to be able to assist him. These are exciting times for Sky Blue FC, and I look forward to what the future holds."

As a player, Gabarra played 14 times for the United States from 1986-1989.

10/08 12:56:10 ET

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