Moojen quickly becoming a fan favorite in Dallas
When the Dallas Sidekicks were on the hunt for a first-class goal scorer this summer, the team scouted around the country to find the player who would be the perfect fit. In came Freddy Moojen, who quickly found success and became an instant favorite among Sidekicks fans.
Moojen’s move has been a fruitful one, as the forward leads the team in scoring and is earning top honors in the Major Arena Soccer League. Born in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, the 31-year-old has played professionally on both indoor and outdoor teams around the world. Get to know No. 7 as he answers questions about his move to Dallas, the season so far, and why he loves his job.
Q: What is your favorite thing about living in the Dallas area?
A: I am very happy with my decision to come play for the Sidekicks. Dallas is a great city with nice weather and many nice restaurants. My favorite thing to do in Dallas when I am not on the field is going out to eat at different restaurants, especially at the many good Brazilian steak houses that you can find in Dallas.
Q: What surprised you about the city / area that you didn't expect?
A: My pleasant surprise here was how nice everyone is in Dallas. Since the first day I arrived until today, I have been treated very well by everyone.
Q: This summer, the Sidekicks joined the newly formed Major Arena Soccer League. What do you think of the competition this season?
A: The MASL is in its first year. Every time you merge two leagues with two different structures and two different levels of play, it will take time to have the new league running smoothly. I believe it was a good thing to have just one nationwide professional indoor soccer league divided into divisions. I am confident that with time, the level of play will get more homogeneous throughout the whole league, and weaker teams will get stronger as they now understand what it takes to be successful.
Q: What do the Sidekicks need to do to finish the season strong?
A: Our team needs to keep on going and try to have everyone healthy. I think that when we can have all our players healthy, we are a very strong team in this league.
Q: What has been your favorite moment of the season so far?
A: My favorite moment was when I played my first game, scored my first goal and got my first win with the Sidekicks, all in the same night. I think every player wants that on their debut with a new team. I could have not asked for a better start with the Sidekicks.
Q: How do you motivate your teammates during a tough game or stretch of games?
A: The best I can do to motivate my teammates is to lead by example every day in practice and in our games. I believe that when you do your very best every day, that energy will spread around the team in a positive way and motivate everyone.
Q: How important is a good crowd/fan base to a team's performance, especially at home?
A: The Dallas Sidekicks are a team with a lot of history. We have one of the biggest fan bases in the entire league. That is the reason we feel that we must win our home games. When we see our arena with a lot of fans, it gives us that extra energy and willingness to win the game and make our crowd happy. This is one way we can show how important our fans are to our team and organization.
Q: What is the best advice you have ever been given?
A: The best advice I was ever given was, "When you do the right things, the right things will come your way." I strongly believe in it. This is what I strive to do every day in practice and in games. We can't control the outcome of everything in life, but we can control the things we do and the effort we put into everything we do.
Q: What advice would you give a young soccer player hoping to have a collegiate/professional career?
A: All young players need to believe in their dreams and, most importantly, work hard for it. Most of the successful players/people I know were the ones that never gave up and, despite what others said, always believed and worked hard towards their dreams. Belief is a very strong power and those who really believe will always accomplish their goal one way or another.
Q: What is the best part about playing soccer for a living?
A: The best part of being a professional soccer player for me is that I do what I love and there is nothing more you can ask for. I love the quote, "Do what you love and you will never have to work one day of your life."
The 2014-15 Dallas Sidekicks regular season will come to an end this month. The team will host two more matches at Allen Event Center: Sunday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. vs. Oxford City FC of Texas; and Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. vs. the Monterrey Flash. Tickets for all Sidekicks games start at just $9 and may be ordered online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 469-200-GOAL. Keep up with the Sidekicks by following the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.