Dallas Sidekicks

Dallas Sidekicks
Dallas Sidekicks 1984-92 Logo.JPGDallas Sidekicks 1993-2004
Team history 1983 (Founded)
1984 - 2004
Arena Reunion Arena
1984 - 2004
Based in Dallas, Texas
Colors green & white (original)/purple & black (later)
Leagues MISL I, CISL, WISL, MISL II

The Dallas Sidekicks were one of the longest operating professional soccer teams, either indoor or outdoor, in the United States, based in Dallas, Texas, and operating from 1984 until suspending operations following the 2004 season. The team was founded as a member of the original Major Indoor Soccer League. Over the years, the team played in three other leagues (CISL, WISL, and the second incarnation of the MISL. The team's most famous player was Tatu, who was known for throwing his shirt into the stands after every goal. The team hosted the 1989 MISL All-Star Game.

Although the team has not played since 2004, there have been published rumors ever since about the team's return. So far, these rumors have not panned out.[1]

Contents

Honors

Championships

  • 1986-87 MISL
  • 1993 CISL
  • 1998 PSA
  • 2001 WISL

Division Titles

  • 1989-90 MISL Western Division
  • 1993 CISL Regular Season
  • 1994 CISL Eastern Division
  • 1998 PSA Regular Season
  • 2003-04 MISL II Western Division

Rivalry

During the MISL I days, the Sidekicks main rivals were the San Diego Sockers, Tacoma Stars, and Minnesota Strikers. During the late 1990s, a rivalry developed between the Sidekicks and Monterrey La Raza.

Head coaches

The following table shows each coach's record while with the Sidekicks. (Since some coached other Indoor Soccer teams, their overall record may differ.)

Year Coach Record (including playoffs) Notable Wins
1984-1989 & 1991-1997 Gordon Jago 263-230 2 Championship victories (1986-87 in the MISL and 1993 in the CISL)
1989-1991 Billy Phillips 58-57 1 Western Division Title (1989-90 in the MISL )
1998-2004 Tatu 70-56 2 Championship victories (1998 and 2001 in the WISL)

Retired uniform numbers

  • #5 Mike Powers 1987-2001
  • #8 Wes McLeod 1986-1992
  • #10 Kevin Smith 1984-92, 1995-98
  • #22 Doc Lawson 1985-91
  • #31 Krys Sobieski 1985-91
  • (Gordon Jago) Head Coach/General Manager 1984-98

Notable players and personalities

Arenas

Individual Honors

  • Brazil Tatu 4 championships
  • Poland Krys Sobieski 2 championships

Year-by-year

League Champions Runners-Up Division/League Champions* Playoff Berth
Year League Reg. Season GF GA Pct Finish Playoffs Owner(s) Attendance Average Slogan
1984-85 MISL 12-36 194 286 .250 7th West Out of Playoffs Donald Carter 4,969 N/A
1985-86 MISL 25-23 220 231 .521 3rd East Lost Quarterfinal Donald Carter 6,654 It'll knock yer socks off!
1986-87** MISL 28-24 209 197 .538 3rd East Won Championship Stan Finney, Jan Rogers, Joe Shea 8,637 The wild side of soccer!
1987-88 MISL 28-28 200 204 .500 3rd East Lost Division Semifinal Stan Finney, Jan Rogers, Joe Shea 9,878 Never Say Die
1988-89 MISL 24-24 185 206 .500 3rd MISL Lost Semifinal Stan Finney, Jan Rogers, Joe Shea 8,567 Get your kicks
1989-90 MISL 31-21 217 190 .596 1st West Lost Division Final David Paschal 9,004 N/A
1990-91 MSL 20-32 257 294 .385 4th West Out of Playoffs Phill Cobb 6,920 N/A
1991-92 MSL 22-18 231 229 .550 2nd MISL Lost Final Donald Carter 7,003 N/A
1993 CISL 23-5 230 150 .821 1st CISL Won Championship Donald Carter 5,800 N/A
1994 CISL 24-4 255 160 .857 1st East Lost Final Donald Carter 7,310 N/A
1995 CISL 18-10 215 165 .643 2nd East Lost Semifinal Donald Carter 9,380 N/A
1996 CISL 16-12 186 167 .571 3rd East Lost Semifinal Sonny Willams, Donald Carter 9,202 Hot Soccer Cool Seat
1997 CISL 13-15 165 160 .464 4th East Lost Quarterfinal Sonny Willams, Donald Carter 9,212 Major League Fun
1998 PSA 8-2 N/A N/A .800 1st WISL Won Championship Sonny Willams, Donald Carter 9,167 N/A
1999 WISL 17-5 127 88 .773 2nd WISL Lost Final Sonny Willams, Donald Carter 8,860 N/A
2000 WISL 17-7 153 107 .708 2nd WISL Lost Final Sonny Willams, Donald Carter 7,482 N/A
2001 WISL 14-10 109 108 .583 2nd WISL Won Championship Sonny Willams, Donald Carter 8,640 Not Your Ordinary Soccer
2002-03 MISL II 9-27 342 427 .250 4th West Out of Playoffs Sonny Willams 7,851 Fast and Furious
2003-04 MISL II 21-15 213 167 .583 1st West Lost Semifinal Sonny Willams 5,756 N/A
  • *There were 7 seasons where the league the Sidekicks were competing in did not feature divisions, so there was a regular season number one seed, or league champion, before the playoffs began.
  • **This 1986-87 Sidekicks team was inducted into the Pizza Hut Park Texans Credit Union Walk of Fame. Known forever in Dallas as the "Never Say Die" season, the Dallas Sidekicks defeated a heavily favored Tacoma Stars squad to win the 1987 MISL Championship. Down three games to two in a best-of-seven series, the Sidekicks won the final two games 5-4 and 4-3 respectively, both in overtime and both in front of sold-out arenas in Tacoma and Dallas.

References

  1. ^ http://www.fact-archive.com/encyclopedia/Dallas_Sidekicks

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