Sidekicks turn in
another impressive regular season
The Dallas Sidekicks’ third season back in action saw tremendous success and a year of record-breaking individual and team performances. As the Sidekicks make their third-straight playoff run, the team can take confidence from another winning season, finishing with a 14-6 record.
Last summer, the Dallas Sidekicks joined 22 other top-tier professional indoor soccer teams from across the United States and Mexico to create a new super league: The Major Arena Soccer League. The Sidekicks rounded out the Southern Division and saw an increase of competition and quality of play this season. Each game was a hard-fought battle, but the team prevailed once again to finish near the top of their division and earn a spot in the playoffs.
A shining star on the Sidekicks roster was newcomer Freddy Moojen, an indoor veteran who signed with the Sidekicks over the summer. Moojen was a scoring machine, finishing the regular season with 52 points (eighth most in the MASL), 39 goals (fifth most in the MASL) and 13 assists. His 39 goals earned him the title of Most Goals Scored in a Season by a Dallas Sidekick since the franchise returned in 2012, edging out teammate Nestor Hernandez, who scored 33 last season. Moojen totaled 12 multi-point games, including a seven-goal night at Oxford City on Dec. 27, and two five-goal tallies. One of Moojen’s five goals on Dec. 20 was goal 4,000 for the Dallas Sidekicks franchise.
Fellow team record-holder and fan favorite Hernandez had a season riddled with injuries that limited him to just six games this season. Despite the limited playing time, the midfielder was a point-per-game player, scoring at least one goal in all six matchups. His stellar performance with the game-winning goal in Round One of the playoffs vs. Oxford City gave the Sidekicks their first playoff victory in the franchise’s modern era.
The Sidekicks finished in the top half of the league in goals scored (153), and with nine players earning 10 or more points, it’s clear that offense was a true team effort. Veteran Shaun David scored 11 goals, Carlos Videla netted 12, and mid-season pickup Alex Megson picked up 10 goals in just seven games. Key playmaker and midfielder Ricardinho led the team in assists (17), and the Sidekicks defense pitched in offense as well, with Fabinho contributing 11 goals, Cody Ellis six goals and Kiley Couch five.
Rookie forward Cameron Brown quickly proved his place on the roster. The Garland native was a consistent offensive producer, with 18 goals and 13 assists. Other standout rookies included defenders Fernando Garza and Mike Jones. They aided the Sidekicks defense in allowing just 94 goals, the fourth-fewest in the MASL.
In goal this season were a duo comprised of veteran star Sagu and Serbian-born Dejan “Milo” Milosevic. Both netminders’ regular-season performances finished in the top-10 of most league goaltending categories.
An integral part of the Sidekicks’ achievements this season was the continued support the team received from its fans. Whether the cheers in the stands at the Allen Event Center came from supporters old or new, the rambunctious environment spurred on the home team and pestered the visitors. The Sidekicks' attendance this season averaged over 3,600 fans a game.
This month, the Sidekicks will compete in the Southern Division Finals, in hopes of moving on to compete for the franchise's fifth indoor soccer championship. By the time April rolls around, it will be another off-season, bringing a few months of recovery and relaxation for the Sidekicks. The franchise will continue its tradition of holding summer youth camps and appearing at events and causes across DFW. Information on camps, team tryouts and activities throughout DFW will be available soon on the team website at www.dallassidekicks.net.
To keep in touch with the Sidekicks throughout the offseason, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram @GoSidekicks. Season tickets for the 2015-16 season are currently available for reservation.