Behind the Scenes with Dallas Sidekicks’ Sean Bellomy

In their comeback season, the Dallas Sidekicks showcased a handful of gifted rookies that captured the attention of the team’s fans. One of the standout talents was North Texas native Sean Bellomy.

Growing up in Carrollton, Bellomy played both indoor and outdoor soccer and was a Sidekicks fan from an early age. The 26-year-old returned to DFW after graduating from Georgetown University with degrees in finance and management, and jumped at the chance to play for the team he always wished would come back.

In his first season with the Sidekicks, Bellomy scored three goals and three assists, and was an integral part of the team’s midfield and defense. Get to know No. 16 as he answers questions about his rookie season and how he is spending his offseason.

Q: How would you describe yourself as an indoor player?
A: I have played indoor pretty much as long as I have played outdoor, which was from a young age, so I have a lot of experience. I try to keep my game simple and be a smart, technical player and a good teammate. I want to make other players around me better by finding my strengths and always be working hard on them to make myself better.

Q: What was your previous connection with the Dallas Sidekicks?
A:
I grew up a Sidekicks fan, went to a lot of games and even played during halftime a few times. I also played youth soccer for two former Sidekicks, Kyle Owen and Roderick Scott. I watched them play and remember what a big deal the Sidekicks were around town. I always hoped they would make a comeback, especially once I graduated from college and moved back home. I was playing with a few of my current teammates in a semi-pro indoor league and a few men’s outdoor leagues, and we were all excited when we were asked to come try out.

Q: How was your first season with the Sidekicks?
A:
One of the first things that comes to my mind is how great the fans were. Once the fans got to know all of us new guys, they were so supportive. We had really great crowds that were fun to play in front of.

Q: What was your favorite moment on the pitch last season?
A:
Definitely when we beat San Diego at home and broke their winning streak with an overtime goal. It was such a cool moment for us as players and for our fans. The arena was packed and so loud — it was a great night. It was also the biggest test the rookies and I had faced so far that season, so it was great to come out on top.

Q: What do you do in the offseason to stay in shape?
A:
I’m actually still playing a lot of soccer this summer. The Sidekicks have a summer league team (The Sidekicks Premier are competing in the 2013 PASL Premier Summer League this June-July) and I play on an outdoor squad as well with some of my Sidekicks teammates. I also go the gym and work out a lot with my brothers, and I like to go running.

Q: What are you most looking forward to next season?
A:
I am excited to come back this year without my rookie status. We all have a lot more experience now and can go into next season with more confidence. There is a little less pressure since we’ve been there before, and that will give us a better opportunity to play with more self-assurance and make another run at a championship. I don’t think anyone was too happy with how last season came to an end, and we are excited to get back at it.

Season tickets are currently on sale for the upcoming Dallas Sidekicks 2013-14 season. For more information, visit www.dallassidekicks.net or call 214-550-6130. Follow the team on Twitter @GoSidekicks or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoSidekicks.

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