Dallas Sidekicks to Kick Off 2013-14 Season Nov. 2 At Allen Event Center
The Central Division champion Dallas Sidekicks have announced their regular season schedule for the 2013-14 campaign.
The Sidekicks returned to action last season, winning the Central Division with a 13-3 record. This year, the team will be put to the test, with the PASL featuring a league-high 20 teams vying for the Ron Newman Cup.
The Sidekicks open their regular season Saturday, Nov. 2, against the Wichita B-52s at the Allen Event Center. Wichita is an expansion team new to the PASL this season, but backed by head coach Larry Inlow, former defender and assistant coach of the Wichita Wings, whom the Sidekicks battled in the original MISL from 1984-92. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.
“I think the home opener against Wichita will be a difficult challenge for us," said head coach Tatu. "Dallas and Wichita have a lot of history, and we expect their talent level to be excellent.”
One of the Sidekicks’ toughest games of the season will come early, with the team making a trip to San Diego on Nov. 9 to face the Sockers in what will be San Diego’s season opener. The Sidekicks re-established their long-lived rivalry with the Sockers last season, ending the Sockers’ record 48-game winning streak at the Allen Event Center on Jan. 31, and then falling 5-4 on a goal scored as time expired in San Diego five days later. The Sidekicks will remain in California to take on the Ontario Fury on Nov. 10.
On Nov. 17, the Sidekicks will host their first U.S. Open Cup match, although the opponent is yet to be announced. The U.S. Open Cup for Arena Soccer is a single-elimination tournament run concurrent to the PASL regular season.
With several new expansion teams making up the Central Division, the Sidekicks will face several untested opponents this season, including the Tulsa Revolution and aforementioned Wichita B-52s. The division also features two new clubs based out of Mexico, the Monterrey Flash and the Saltillo Rancho Seco. The Sidekicks, who were undefeated in at home in regular season matches, will also face the returning Texas Strikers and the recently re-named Hidalgo La Fiera FC.
“With expansion teams, you never know what you are going to get,” Sidekicks owner Ronnie Davis said. “We know that this season will be a tough one, and are working hard to prepare and put together the best team possible.”
The Sidekicks opened training camp on Monday, Sept. 16. The 2013-14 season roster will be announced in October.
Individual tickets to the home opener and 2013-14 season tickets are currently on sale through Ticketmaster. 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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