Sagu opens up about World Cup, Sidekicks, and more
For the past seven seasons, one of the cornerstones of the Sidekicks’ success has been goalkeeper Sagu. He first signed with the Sidekicks in 1999, and was an integral part of the team’s 2001 WISL championship season. When the franchise returned in 2012, Sagu was one of the first to return to Dallas, which he now considers home.
His stellar play throughout the 2012-13 season helped the Sidekicks win their division, and earned him the second spot in voting for PASLMVP. This past season, the veteran spent a portion of the year out with an injury, but marked his return with three-straight wins to earn him a nod as PASL Player of the Week in early February.
Taking a break from preparations for the upcoming season, the native of São Paulo, Brazil, answered some questions about the World Cup, what he thinks of his country’s chances, and the upcoming Sidekicks season.
Q: What do you think of your home country’s chances in the World Cup?
Q: Does playing at home give the Brazilians an advantage?
Q: You have lived in the USA for about 15 years now. What do you think of the development of the U.S. National Team?
Q: The Dallas Sidekicks are going through a lot of changes this offseason, one of the biggest being the formation of the Major Arena Soccer League. This joins together teams from the former PASL and MISL. How do you think the level of competition will change this year?
Q: How do you stay in shape and prepare for training camp during the offseason?
The Sidekicks will open the 2014-15 season on Sat., Oct. 25, taking on the 2013-14 MISL champion Missouri Comets in the inaugural game of the MASL. The match will be played at the Sidekicks’ home arena, the Allen Event Center. Tickets for the home opener go on sale Aug. 1, while season tickets and group packages are currently available. For more information, please call 214-730-3092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.