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One on One with North Texas' new Head Coach, Michel

Afterburn was able to carve out a few minutes with former FC Dallas player and now North Texas head coach Michel ahead of his first match in charge. What can we expect?

As Peter Luccin took over FC Dallas as interim head coach last week, the coaching changes echoed throughout the entire organization. John Gall, having led North Texas to the top of the MLS Next Pro Western Conference, was promoted to assistant coach with the first team. That led to the next in line stepping up in his place, a guy who is no stranger to the team - Michel.

The Brazilian left-back earned a reputation for a killer left foot and as an under-the-radar signing for FC Dallas back in 2013, logging 74 games and 12 goals as a stalwart defender. He became a fan favorite and several of his goals are highlight worthy. I mean, remember this?

Michel isn’t without some coaching experience, as he most recently led local pro-am side Foro FC to a surprise upset of Austin FC II in Open Cup play but also as he has been with the FC Dallas academy since hanging up his cleats.

With North Texas in such a strong position, the situation could be tricky. Maybe the run continues with Michel in charge. Maybe the two week break in action and personnel changes have NTSC come out a little rusty. Regardless, it’s an exciting season already for a young squad brimming with talent.

We were able to sit down with Michel ahead of his first match against (you guessed it) Austin FC II on Saturday. Will North Texas look any different? How is he feeling with the appointment? What are his goals? Who is the best left-footed player on the squad?

Enjoy the video!

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