The Dallas Sidekicks: Version 2.0
It’s been nearly a decade since the Dallas Sidekicks played their last game, but this November they’ll be making a welcome comeback with a familiar face.
The Sidekicks played their inaugural season in 1984 and remain one of the oldest professional soccer clubs in the country. They resided in the now-demolished Reunion Arena and suspended operations in 2004 as the last active sports tenant at the stadium. They will now play in the 7,500-seat Allen Even Center.
Many Sidekicks fans’ (myself included) memories came at the boots of Brazilian forward Antonio Pecorari — known around here as “Tatu”. He was the face of the franchise, the Sidekicks equivalent of Modano or Nowitzki, and has remained a prominent figure in Dallas, even in the team’s absence. He served as a player-coach in 1998 and he’ll now serve as head coach for the “new” Sidekicks.
Indoor soccer has always provided a fast-paced alternative for people who don’t fancy full-pitch soccer and an offseason bonus for those who do. It’s rink-sized field of play and lack of “bounds” allows for a quicker pace similar to ice hockey. Off-the-wall passes are the norm and, like arena football, the score can climb quickly.
Dallas will be joining the Professional Arena Soccer League — PASL (Big D Soccer with the find) — and is scheduled for their first game this November.