"We need to rescue that": Paulo Nagamura vows identity restoration at Houston Dynamo
As he steps into his role as Houston Dynamo FC's new head coach, Paulo Nagamura recognizes that plenty of work lies ahead.
2009: One of the league's top goalkeepers once again, leading MLS with 13 wins and playing every minute of the regular season … Posted 10 shutouts, tied for second best in the league … MLS All-Star … Made play later voted the first ever MLS Save of the Year in 1-0 win vs. COL on 4/19 when he saved a penalty kick from Conor Casey in the 84th minute and stopped a follow-up to preserve Houston's first win of the season … Presided over 491-minute shutout streak, longest in MLS in 2009, from 4/4-5/16, posting four full shutouts in that stretch … Earned shutout in 1-0 road win at KC on 7/4 … Named to MLS All-Star Game but withdrew due to minor injury … Saved second penalty kick of season against Jeff Cunningham in 1-0 loss at FCD on 8/6 … Made season-high eight saves for shutout in 0-0 tie at RSL on 8/15 … Playoffs: Posted consecutive shutouts for first time in his playoff career on 10/29 at and 11/8 vs. SEA … Ran shutout streak to 313 minutes before allowing two goals in OT on 11/13 at LA … Posted career-best 0.55 GAA in 330 playoff minutes … 08-09 Champions League: Played full 90 minutes in both legs of quarterfinal series vs. Atlante … Open Cup: Did not appear … 09-10 Champions League: Earned shutout in 1-0 win vs. Isidro Metapán in tournament opener on 8/19 … Played full 90 minutes in 1-0 loss vs. Pachuca on 9/30.
2008: One of the league's top goalkeepers once again in 2008, finishing with the best goals against average (1.03) in MLS and seven shutouts in 24 league games … Backbone of defense that led the league in goals against for the second straight year … Set a Dynamo record and tied a career high by making 10 saves in 3-0 loss at NE on 3/29 … Left game with shoulder injury on 4/6 vs. FCD … Returned to the lineup and made two saves in 1-0 loss at CLB on 4/26 … Made four saves in 2-1 win at CHI on 5/17, bringing his career total to 501 … Moved into eighth on the MLS all-time saves list with four saves in 2-1 loss at San Jose on 5/22 … Earned 45th career shutout in 0-0 tie at COL on 6/21, less than 24 hours after playing for Canada … Made five saves for 70th career regular season win vs. CHI on 8/31 … Made 100th Dynamo start in all competitions at TFC on 9/27, the third player to reach that milestone … Playoffs: Started both legs of playoff series vs. NY … Champions' Cup: Made seven saves at Municipal on 3/12 in quarterfinal first leg to record shutout … Made three saves vs. Municipal on 3/19 in 3-1 second-leg win … Recorded another shutout vs. Deportivo Saprissa in semifinal first leg on 4/2, making seven saves … Missed semifinal second leg due to injury … SuperLiga: Played every minute of all five games as the Dynamo reached the final … Earned 25th shutout in 84 games for the Dynamo in 4-0 win vs. Atlante on 7/12 … Made three saves in five-minute span in second half en route to 27th Dynamo shutout in semifinal win vs. Pachuca on 7/29 … Made five saves in 2-2 championship game tie at NE on 8/5 and one save in the shootout … Champions League: Made seven saves on 9/23 at San Francisco for shutout in Champions League opener … Also played in both games vs. Pumas and the final group game vs. Firpo, in which he posted another shutout.
2007: Was a top contender for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after leading the league with a 0.82 goals against average and finishing second in shutouts with 11 … Had league's longest shutout streak of the season when he went 547 minutes without allowing a goal between 6/10 and 7/22 … Combined with Zach Wells on an MLS record 727-minute scoreless streak in the same span … Led the league with a save percentage of .780 … Finished fourth in the league with 13 wins … Made seven saves in the MLS Cup final, tying his season high … Seven saves also tied for fifth in MLS Cup history, with Onstad's eight saves in the 2004 MLS Cup also among the leaders … Made at least five saves in a game six times, including seven saves at NE on 7/22 and six saves vs. CHV on 4/14 in a 1-0 shutout win and at CHI on 7/12 in a 4-0 shutout win … Playoffs: Played every minute of the postseason and posted a shutout in the Western Conference final vs. KC on 11/10 … His seven saves in the MLS Cup final on 11/18 included big saves in the 33rd, 46th, 73rd and 86th minutes - the last one a reflex leg save on a Jeff Larentowicz header that preserved the title … Champions' Cup: Started the first leg of the quarterfinal at Puntarenas on 2/21 but left early in the first half with an injury and did not play in the rest of the tournament … SuperLiga: Recorded a shutout in the SuperLiga opener vs. Club América on 7/25 … Made one save in the 5-4 shootout loss vs. Pachuca in the semifinal on 8/14.
2006: Posted five shutouts, 85 saves and only 40 goals allowed in 32 games … Played every minute of every game, except for U.S. Open Cup game on 8/2 … Six saves on 9/10 helped beat Galaxy 2-1 after Galaxy defeated Houston at LA three days earlier in Open Cup action … Had four saves to preserve a 0-0 tie vs. CHV on 9/17 and remain in second place in the Western Conference … Playoffs: Helped the Dynamo win the MLS Cup championship in a thrilling shootout after the final against the New England Revolution ended in a 1-1 tie … Enduring image of MLS Cup is a joyous Onstad running with outstretched ball to his teammates after stopping last penalty kick by New England's Jay Heaps … Open Cup: Credited with assist on Alejandro Moreno's goal in 3-0 quarterfinal win vs. FCD on 8/23 … Made three saves in 3-1 loss at LA on 9/7 in semifinals.
2005: Enjoyed finest season of MLS career … Led league in shutouts (12, new Quakes season record), goals against average (0.97), saves percentage (77.2) and wins (18) and established new Quakes record with his 27th career shutout … Won second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award and was named to MLS Best XI team … Named Earthquakes Defensive Player of the Year … Earned first win of season on 4/23 vs. KC … Notched first shutout of 2005 on 5/7 at MET … Made a season-high seven saves for a shutout on 5/25 vs. COL … Tied club record with ninth shutout on 9/3 at FCD … Broke all-time club record for shutouts with 27th on 10/1 at NE … Playoffs: Played all 90 minutes of both legs against LA.
2004: Named Earthquakes Defensive Player of the Year … Earned first shutout of year on 4/10 vs. CHI and was named MLS Player of the Week … Tied career high with 10 saves on 5/15 at FCD to be named MLS Player of the Week … Returned to starting lineup and saved penalty kick on 6/19 at CHI after helping Canada reach second round of World Cup qualifying … Named MLS Player of the Month for August by PSRA for posting four shutouts … Playoffs: Earned first playoff shutout on 10/24 vs. KC … Played 90 minutes on 10/30 at KC … Champions' Cup: Started and played 90 minutes 3/17 at Alajuelense … Played 90 minutes and earned first shutout of 2004 on 3/24 vs. Alajuelense.
2003: Made MLS and Earthquakes debut on 4/12 at COL and earned win in first game … Earned first MLS shutout on 4/26 vs. LA … MLS Team of the Week and MLS Player of the Week for 5/10 … Made MLS career high 10 saves on 6/18 at LA … Missed three games while with Canadian national team … Registered ninth shutout on 8/24 vs. DC, setting a new club record … Played 90 minutes on 10/25 vs. LA and ended regular season as Earthquakes all-time single-season leader in GAA (1.04), wins (14), shutouts (9), catch/punches (117) and games played in goal (27) … Playoffs: Made three saves on 11/1 at LA in first MLS playoff appearance … Made four saves on 11/9 vs. LA and earned first MLS playoff victory … Made two saves on 11/15 vs. KC … Made eight saves in MLS Cup final on 11/23 vs. CHI, including penalty kick save on Ante Razov, in San Jose's 4-2 win … Champions' Cup: Made official Earthquakes debut on 3/16 at CSD Municipal, played 90 minutes … Played 90 minutes on 3/26 vs. CSD Municipal, earned first win as member of the Earthquakes … Open Cup: Played 90 minutes at Seattle on 8/5.
2002: Was the second highest-ranked goalkeeper in the A-League … Played 21 games and 1,920 minutes for Rochester … Owned a 0.75 GAA and earned 10 shutouts … Had 77 saves and put together a 13-5-2 record … Named Rhinos team MVP … 2001: Played two matches for Rochester before fracturing a bone in his wrist, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season … 2000: Member of Dundee United of the Scottish Premier League … 1999: Named to the A-League Second Team … Second in the A-League with a 0.62 GAA average … Earned 10 shutouts … Led the Rhinos to the 1999 U.S. Open Cup Championship, defeating the Chicago Fire, Dallas Burn, Columbus Crew and Colorado Rapids along the way … 1998: Selected to the -A-League First Team … Recognized as the 1998 A-League Goalkeeper of the Year … Set an A-League record with 16 shutouts … Selected to A-League All-Star Game … Led A-League in GAA, shutouts and wins … 1997: Had three shutouts for the A-League's expansion Toronto Lynx … 1995: Played for the Montreal Impact … 1994: Member of Toronto Rockets of A-League … 1992: Won Canadian Soccer League Championship with Winnipeg Fury and named CSL Goalkeeper of the Year … 1991: Starting goalkeeper for Toronto Blizzard … 1990: Set CSL record with 14 shutouts for Toronto Blizzard … 1988-89: Played for Winnipeg Fury of CSL … 1987: Started his career with the Vancouver 86ers in the CSL … Played indoor soccer from 1996-97 - 1998-99 with Edmonton Drillers of NPSL, earning All-Star honors in 1999.
Canada international (56 caps) … During a career of more than 20 years playing for the Canadian senior national team, Onstad has made 56 appearances (second all-time for Canadian goalkeepers) and has recorded a Canadian record 21 shutouts … Earned 50th cap against USA in the 2007 Gold Cup semifinal … Longest-serving member in Canadian national team history … 2008: Recorded a shutout in a 1-0 win at Martinique on 1/30 … Started in 3-2 loss vs. Brazil on 5/31 … Earned shutout at St. Vincent and the Grenadines in World Cup qualifier on 6/15 … Also earned win in 4-1 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines in return leg on 6/20 … Started in 1/1 draw vs. Jamaica on 8/20 … 2007: After three years away from the national team, Onstad was an emergency replacement during the CONCACAF Gold Cup and stepped in for three straight wins to lead Canada to the semifinals, recording two shutouts along the way … He also appeared in a friendly at Iceland on 8/22 … 2004: Played in nine matches and started seven of team's eight World Cup qualifying matches … Notched three shutouts in 2004, including back-to-back shutouts of Belize in June to help Canada advance to the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying … Captained team in World Cup qualifying matches … 2000: Canada's No. 1 goalkeeper in all eight qualifiers in 2000 … Earned his 15th international shutout against Mexico on 11/15 … Made qualifying debut against Cuba on 6/4, two days after getting married … Member of 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship team … 1988: Debuted for national team in 1988 against Bermuda in a 0-0 tie.
Three-time CIAU National Champion with the University of British Columbia … Two-time Academic All-Canadian … Has two degrees - bachelor of human kinetics and bachelor of education.
West Point Grey, Marpole United, Coquitlam Metro-Ford.
Married to wife Becky, a registered nurse … Three children are Peyton, 8,Owen, 5 and Abigail, 3 1?2 … Enormous hockey fan; Sidney Crosby is his favorite player, and past heroes include Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky … Vancouver Canucks fan … Played hockey until age 15 … Currently holds USSF "A" Coaching License and Level II NSCAA Goalkeeper Certificate … Retired and spent 1995-96 as physical education teacher in Vancouver before returning to professional game … Enjoys making appearances at schools to talk about the importance of education … Assistant coach at University of British Columbia in 1996 … Sister Katrina published her first novel in 2006, "How Happy To Be," to rave reviews in Canada … Lists as his favorite soccer memories the 1992 Canadian Soccer League championship with the Winnipeg Fury, the 1999 USL A-League Championship with Rochester, the 2003 MLS Cup championship with San Jose and the back-to-back MLS Cup championships in Houston in 2006-07 … Favorite movies are "For Love of the Game," "Slapshot," "Bull Durham," and "Juno" … Favorite things about Houston are the people, the accents, housing prices, and summer weather … Favorite music groups are Edwin McCain, Nickelback, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, and Lifehouse … Lists hobbies as short track speedskating, curling, and biathlon in honor of the 2010 Winter Olympics in his hometown of Vancouver … If not playing soccer, he would be playing hockey because, "I'm Canadian" … Served as an assistant coach at Canadian U-23 national team camp in Florida in January 2010.
MLS All-Stars vs LIGA MX All-Stars in Minnesota on August 10