FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez took to the airwaves for episode four of “The Luchi Gonzalez Show” on 105.3 The Fan, presented by Toyota.
This week’s episode kicked off with some lighthearted comedy, as Gonzalez revealed an old college hobby of his.
“I’m going to admit something – and I haven’t shared this with many people,” Gonzalez said. “When I attended SMU, in my dorm I had equipment. I had two synthesizers, a sequencer and a drum kit machine. I used to make my own electronic music. I’m not going to say if it was any good, but it kept me busy between classes.”
Does the coach still produce his own beats? Probably not. But perhaps the break in play could see the return of the mythical “DJ Luchi”.
What is certain, however, is that the coach is a family man. With the suspension of MLS action, Gonzalez is spending more time with his kids.
“I’m like a P.E. coach at home now. I’m doing a routine every morning with my kids [and] doing some things with them that I never got to do,” he said. “I always like to spend one or two moments a week with my kids … Now I have more time to do all these different things. We’re going to do fishing in two days. I want to teach them how to fish.”
Gonzalez says pickup basketball or tennis may even be on the cards.
“Obviously, we want to respect all the distancing and the quarantining, but we need to be outside and active for our well-being,” Gonzalez said. “I embrace that and I want all of our players to do that with their families and their loved ones as well because it’s the most important thing in our lives.”
Outside of family time, Gonzalez also stressed the importance of staying fit. Although the players and staff do not know quite how long they will be without the sport they love, everyone must stay mentally and physically ready for the eventual return.
“We’ve got physical plans for all of them,” Gonzalez said. “My Physical Head Performance Coach, Vander Salas, is like the head coach right now. He’s the one leading this.”
Salas’ job includes sending players videos and messages with ways to attack each day with and without a soccer ball.
“Those have been really positive. We’ve [received] some good feedback, but it is going to get old,” Gonzalez said. “That is just normal. I know it is not easy for a player that is used to competing and playing with opposition to then go in their back yard and just do isolated work. It is a sacrifice we’ve got to keep pushing them to make until we get through this.”