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HOUSTON — The Houston Dynamo have announced former Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura as the clubs new head coach for the 2022 season.

Nagamura spent the last five seasons coaching in the Sporting organization as an assistant for the Swope Park Rangers (2017) and as the head manager for Sporting KC II (2018-2021).

He was a key factor in the growth of several Sporting homegrown players during his time at the helm of SKC II.

Nagamura brought 23 Sporting KC Academy players to SKC II and six signed MLS contracts in 2021.

The Brazilian played five seasons with Sporting KC and won two U.S. Open Cups (2012, 2015) and the 2013 MLS Cup.

Nagamura started his MLS career with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2005 and won the U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup that year.

It won’t take long for Kansas City fans to see Nagamura on the sidelines in 2022. The Houston Dynamo travel to Children’s Mercy Park on March 5 for the second game of the season and Sporting KC’s home opener.