Dallas Native Surges to Stardom as Sidekicks Close 2015-16 Season
The 2015-16 Dallas Sidekicks season has come to an end, and a DFW native has emerged as a star in the Major Arena Soccer League. Cameron Brown, who grew up in Garland, excelled throughout the season. The forward displayed a natural knack for scoring goals and a firm dedication to teamwork through all 18 games he played this season. A shining example of his talent came through just a few weeks ago.
To close out the season in late February, the Sidekicks faced tough back-to-back games on the road, first traveling to Mexico to take on Soles de Sonora. Despite a loss, Brown pulled out an amazing five goals, plus an assist. This makes him only the fifth Sidekicks player all-time to score five or more goals in a game, joining Tatu, David Doyle, Nestor Hernandez and Freddy Moojen.
The next afternoon, Brown scored a goal versus the San Diego Sockers to bring his total for that weekend to six goals and one assist. This performance resulted in Brown being named to the Major Arena Soccer League’s Team of the Week for the second time. He went to earn Player of the Week via a fan vote.
This was a breakout season for Brown, this just his second playing professionally. The 27-year-old has played soccer for almost all of his life, and has had a hard road to get to the pros.
Brown spent many nights during his childhood cheering on the Sidekicks — and being coached by them. He was a natural soccer player who began showing talent on the field from a young age. Brown graduated from Naaman Forrest High School in Garland in 2007, then went on to play Division-I soccer at the University of North Carolina. The midfielder was an integral part of the team’s attack and a regular starter, named to the All-ACC Second Team in 2009. It was an injury to his right knee – a torn ACL – in May 2010 that began a two-year struggle that became an ultimate test of perseverance. Following extensive rehab, he returned to North Carolina and was able to compete in the 2012 season after missing a total of 23 months.
After graduation, Brown eventually made his way to the Sidekicks, and was the team’s second-leading scorer in his rookie season, with 18 goals and 13 assists. This season, he posted a team-leading 26 goals and 11 assists in 18 games. He ended the season carrying a 16-game point streak – nine of those games were multi-point matches.
With the offseason comes rest, but Brown will keep busy this summer with Dallas Sidekicks Soccer Camps, strengthening the skills of young players aged 5-12. When the team is back on the turf at Allen Event Center in October, he plans to be front and center, back doing what he does best.
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