SIDEKICKS WELL-POSITIONED AFTER FIRST YEAR BACK
After an eight-year hiatus, the Dallas Sidekicks recently wrapped up the organization's 20th season of indoor soccer with an action-packed comeback return to the field. The team continued its storied indoor soccer tradition that began in 1984, joining the PASL and playing its home games at the Allen Event Center. Familiar faces such as legendary player-turned-coach Tatu and star veterans like goaltender Sagu and defenseman Nick Stavrou drew fans both old and new who come out in droves to support the team's return.
By most standards, the Sidekicks' first season back in the game was an overwhelming success. The team completed its regular season with a 13-3 record, won their division and qualified for playoffs. Head Coach Tatu was named Coach of the Year, while goaltender Sagu and defenseman Kiley Couch earned spots on the PASL All-League teams.
Consistently successful soccer and an entertaining, family-friendly atmosphere kept fans coming back throughout the season, filling the Allen Event Center with an average of more than 5,000 fans each game. The Sidekicks led all other PASL teams in attendance and as the season progressed, the intensity and passion of the crowds followed.
The Sidekicks will return to the field for a new season in the fall, but in the meantime the team is looking to provide its young fans and future soccer stars the opportunity to learn from some of the best.
This summer, Stavrou and former midfield star Kevin Smith are furthering the Sidekicks' mission to help advance both the indoor and outdoor game in DFW by heading up a series of instructional camps in several cities throughout the area.
Dallas Sidekicks Soccer Camps will provide elite instruction and coaching for children 5 to 12 years of age, with curriculum designed around the fundamentals of passing, controlling, dribbling, shooting, heading and defending.
Several past and present Sidekicks players will rotate throughout camps to provide additional coaching, including specialized goalkeeper camps run by Sagu. Campers will have the chance to pit their skills up against the Sidekicks themselves as they scrimmage against them on the last day of camp.
You can find out more about the Sidekicks at dallassidekicks.net.
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