With FC Dallas enjoying their time off, soccer in the metroplex has become quiet – or has it.
As Dallas’ Major League Soccer club recharges for the upcoming 2017 season, there is still one professional soccer team kicking it around in Big D, the Dallas Sidekicks.
Playing in the Major Arena Soccer League, the Dallas Sidekicks are a professional indoor soccer club who participate in the country’s highest indoor division.
Originally created in 1984, the club has made rounds within the world of soccer, partaking in a plethora of leagues before joining the MASL. The Sidekicks participated in the now-dissolved league MISL I (1978-1992), CISL (1989-1997), WISL (1998-2001), MISL II (2001-2008).
In their first era, the Dallas Sidekicks made a respectable case to be one of the country’s most successful indoor sides. In the side’s first 19 seasons, they made the playoffs 16 times, winning four titles (87’, 93’, 98’, 01’).
After 20 years in existence, the club dissolved in 2004, only to be rebirthed in 2012.
After being approved to operate by Allen City officials in 2012, the Sidekicks dawned the purple and white at the newly built Allen Event Center. Led by owner Ronnie Davis, the Sidekicks returned to the pitch for the first time in November 2012 as a member of the Central Division in the PASL, which was renamed to the MASL after a league merger in the 2014-15 season.
Since the Sidekicks returned to existence in 2012, the Dallas club hasn’t looked back since. Already in their fifth season as the newly reinvented side, Dallas has made the playoffs three out of four times.
Dallas currently rests third in the Southwest Division with four wins and five loses. They share the rest of the division with the Sonora Soles, Baja Atletico, and the El Paso Coyotes.
After missing out on the playoffs last season, Dallas will surely hope to turn this year around to claim a spot in the post-season.
Dallas’ top scorer is Garland, Texas native Cameron Brown with 16 goals (fifth in the league). Brown is a tremendous skillful attacker who possesses a knack for the spectacular. Once tipped as a top prospect in the MLS SuperDraft, injuries caused a setback for the 27. Salvaging his soccer career, Brown now leads the Dallas Sidekicks into the fire week-in-and-week-out.
The Sidekicks are currently coached by Simon Bozas, a former professional who played in Argentina’s third division and Bolivia’s first division. For the past 15 years, Bozas has put multiple youth teams together in the area, eventually landing him the job as both the General Manager and Head Coach for the Sidekicks.
Why You Should Go to a Game
Only playing 15 minutes away from Toyota Stadium, the Dallas Sidekicks currently play at the Allen Event Center.
The location sits perfectly near the conjunction of Sam Rayburn Highway (SH 121) and Highway 75, making the stadium accessible for most in the North-Eastern Dallas region.
The Dallas Sidekicks provide a high tempo soccer match that keeps fans thrilled for the whole match. Containing flair and speed, the club shows how difficult soccer can be in a small perimeter.
All in all, the Dallas Sidekicks provide a good time. Sitting patiently waiting for FC Dallas to return is going to get you nowhere, so why not head to a Sidekicks game?
Friday, December 30: 7:35 PM CST – Sonora Soles
Obviously, this is not everything about the Sidekicks. Check them out on their website here. Or follow them on twitter at @GoSidekicks.