Paulo Nagamura was named the fifth head coach in Houston Dynamo FC history on January 3, 2022. Prior to joining the Dynamo, Nagamura served as the head coach of Sporting Kansas City’s USL affiliate, Sporting KC II from 2018-2021. At 38 years old, Nagamura became the youngest coach in Club history.
While with Sporting, Nagamura helped the club transition its second-division team to a youth development model in 2019. As a result, Nagamura is well-versed in coaching younger players, working with a total of 15 homegrown players with Kansas City.
Nagamura began his coaching career shortly after his retirement from a 12-year tenure as an MLS player. After hanging up his cleats, the Brazilian-native joined SKC II as an assistant coach for one season before being promoted to manager.
Prior to his retirement, Nagamura played five seasons as a midfielder for SKC, making a total of 95 appearances and helping lead the team to the 2013 MLS Cup Championship. During his 12-year career, Nagamura also played for Chivas USA, Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy. In addition to the 2013 Championship, he also won an MLS Cup in 2005 with the Galaxy and three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Championships.
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nagamura began his youth career with Sao Paulo FC before signing with English powerhouse Arsenal at the age of 18, where he stayed for three seasons. During his time at Arsenal, Nagamura played with the club's youth and reserve sides until he moved to MLS in 2004.
Nagamura is joined in Houston by his wife Monique and his daughters Alice and Clara.