Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter
Since the team suspended operations in 2004, there have been a few attempts to bring indoor soccer and the Dallas Sidekicks back to DFW. This November, a new season kicks off.
This fall, a North Texas tradition is making a comeback. On November 3rd, the revamped Dallas Sidekicks will play the first game of their new season at the Allen Event Center.
Now playing as part of the Premier Arena Soccer League, it will be the team’s first indoor soccer match since 2004.
"I think we did a lot of good things in the past and I'd like to bring it back," said former Sidekicks star and current general manager Tatu. "My hope is that we learn from the past, the mistakes we made in the past."
Tatu is also the team’s coach and a part owner.
He told NBC5 there have been at least two previous attempts to bring the Sidekicks back, however, this is the only ownership team with which he says he felt comfortable.
"I think this time is the perfect time," he said.
This week, the goal is to finalize the roster before training camp officially begins.
Tatu said team ownership is trying to balance creating a family friendly environment with affordability.
He added that indoor soccer, much like arena football, is a high-scoring and fast-paced game.
In an outdoor league, a fan might expect two to three goals, but in the indoor league, there are often up to ten.
Their new home at the Allen Event Center can accommodate about 6,000 fans.
"Without fans, you will not succeed," he said.
Faithful fans may recognize at least one face on the team.
Goalkeeper Sagu began his American career with the Sidekicks more than a decade ago.
After the team suspended operations in 2004, he moved to Portland.
"Now I'm coming back," Sagu said, saying he wants to retire with the Sidekicks.
The team is also planning several events for fans. During one of the first few home games, Tatu’s No. 9 jersey will be retired by the team.
During game play, Sidekick players who score will also throw up autographed No. 9 jerseys into the home stands, as a tribute to Tatu’s signature scoring move.
Tickets are currently on sale.