Sidekicks Set to Kickoff New League, New Challenge
Eight hundred and six games played. Three thousand nine hundred and thirty-four goals scored. Twenty-one seasons. Seven leagues. Four championships. The Dallas Sidekicks renew their storied tradition of indoor soccer in DFW this fall, kicking off the 2014-15 season on Saturday, Oct. 25, when they host the Missouri Comets in the inaugural match of the newly formed Major Arena Soccer League.
In late May, it was announced that the top professional indoor teams from the U.S. and Mexico, most previously competing in the MISL or PASL, had come together to create the MASL. The new league currently has 24 teams, with divisional alignments, a playoff format and complete regular season schedules to be announced in September.
The Sidekicks have been chosen to host the MASL’s inaugural match, taking on the 2013-14 MISL champion Missouri Comets. The game will be played at the Sidekicks’ home arena, the Allen Event Center.
“We are excited to open the season against such a high-caliber opponent,” Sidekicks owner Ronnie Davis said. “Unifying all of these teams was an important move for indoor soccer in the U.S., and we hope that everyone gets on board with us because this as an exciting time for our sport.”
Since returning to the pitch in 2012, the Sidekicks have advanced to the postseason in each season, posting regular season records of 13-3 and 14-2, including a Central Division championship. A mix of skilled returning veterans and a core of new young talent are behind the team’s success.
“We know the upcoming season will be a real challenge,” midfielder Jamie Lovegrove said. “I’m excited to get started and we hope that our fans will come out and support us like they always do. This is such a great sport, and I hope that over the next few years we can really put the Sidekicks back in the spotlight in Dallas.”
Tickets for the Oct. 25 home opener go on sale July 1 at all Ticketmaster locations. Season tickets for the Sidekicks’ 2014-15 season are currently on sale. For more information, call 214-730-3092 or visit www.dallassidekicks.net.