Sidekicks players participate in
first-ever Arena Soccer World Championships
The first ever WMF World Championships came to the United States last month, and current Dallas Sidekicks forward Freddy Moojen and goalkeeper Milo were chosen to represent their countries.
The 12-country tournament, organized by the Confederacion Panamericana Minifutbol (CPM) in association with World Mini Football (WMF), was played at arenas across the United States on March 21-29. Team USA defeated Team Mexico 5-3 in the final to win the overall title.
Moojen, born in Brazil but a Canadian citizen, represented Canada in the tournament and led his team in scoring, just as he did for the Sidekicks this past season. His seven goals and one assist helped propel Canada out of the Group Stage and into the quarterfinals. Proud Serbian Milo started in all three of Serbia’s World Championships matches, making 53 saves for his team. Below the two give a little insight into their World Championships experience:
Q: What did it mean for you to represent your country in the tournament?
Moojen: I received Canadian citizenship in 2013 in order to be able to play and represent Canada at the highest level. I’m very proud to say that I was part of Team Canada during this tournament and helped the team to get to the post-group stage.
Milo: It was a great feeling to be part of the Serbian team, especially the moments when we could stand on the field proudly listen to our national anthem playing in the middle of the USA.
Q: Did you learn anything from your teammates or opponents throughout the competition?
Milo: The one thing that I learned and I'll remember forever is the unity we had as a team who met for the very first time right before our first game. At the times we struggled, we still were supporting each other and kept fighting for the colors of our country.
Moojen: It’s always a good learning experience when you have the opportunity to play against some of the best players from many different parts of the world. It was a tough competition and we were able to pass the group stage and qualify to the indoor WC quarterfinals.
Q: What is the most important thing you will take away from the World Championships experience?
Milo: This experience will always stay in my memory. How many people in this world can say that they were playing for their motherland in their adopted country? Very special.
Q: What are your offseason plans this summer?
Moojen: I will be playing outdoor in the Quebec league in Montreal during my off-season and will also play a few international tournaments with Team Canada.
Milo: I'll be coaching multiple camps and hopefully keep playing outdoor so I can come back fitter than ever for the Sidekicks preseason.
The Sidekicks have a lot on deck this summer, including appearances, open tryouts and the annual Dallas Sidekicks Summer Camps. Information will be available soon at www.dallassidekicks.net. To keep in touch with the Sidekicks throughout the offseason, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram @GoSidekicks. Season tickets for the 2015-16 season are currently available for reservation.