Fabinho Reintroduced to
One of the most experienced Dallas Sidekicks on the pitch this season is a familiar face to long-time Sidekicks fans. Defender Fabinho appeared in 29 games as a Sidekick during the team’s MISL II days, and has come back to Texas after gaining a multitude of experience.
He has seen action with the Chicago Storm (2005-09), Rockford Rampage (2009-10), Baltimore Blast (2009-11), Omaha Vipers (2010-11), and the Milwaukee Wave (2011-13), with whom he won the MISL Championship with in 2012.
The São Paulo, Brazil native has long called Dallas home, however, and jumped at the opportunity to once again call himself a Dallas Sidekick. Get to know number 14 as he answers questions about the brand-new season and some of his favorite things off the pitch.
Q: Why did you want to move back to Dallas and play for the Sidekicks?
A: It was a pleasure for me to receive an invitation from [Dallas Sidekicks Head Coach] Tatu and [Team Owner] Ronnie to rejoin the team. I have always had a fondness and respect for the Dallas Sidekicks. Plus, I live in Dallas, and my family and I are excited to stay here, where we have many friends.
Q: When did you start playing soccer?
A: I started when I was little in Brazil like every other little kid. I have always loved playing soccer.
Q: How would you describe yourself as a player?
A: I have a lot of dedication and determination on the field, and always try to support and help my teammates.
Q: This summer teams from the PASL and MISL came together to form the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL). What are some of the major differences between the former PASL teams and the MISL teams?
A: The MISL has always played at a very high level, and the PASL brought in a lot of really great teams. I think it’s a little too early to make big judgments about the differences, but I do know that it’s going to be a really competitive and tough season for every team.
Q: The Sidekicks have gotten off to a rocky start so far this season. What does the team need to do to improve? What is the team doing well?
A: I think we have a really skilled team this year. Unfortunately, we are starting the season with several important players injured. We are all training hard and are putting in the work in order to have good results on the field.
Q: What do you think of the fans cheering you on at Allen Event Center? Do they motivate the team?
A: It is very gratifying to have the fans supporting us. It’s extremely important to the guys on the field because we feel the energy coming from the stands and it definitely gives us strength.
Q: What advice would you give to young soccer players?
A: Never give up. If you have a dream, as long as you always keep trying and work hard, you can achieve it. It will be to your benefit to be a well-rounded player, so keep up with your training and learn all aspects of the game.
Q: Favorite soccer player?
Q: Favorite sport other than soccer?
Q: Favorite food?
A: Pasta and Feijoada
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Facing the Giants