Dallas Sidekicks Throw Up The X in Win Over Saltillo Rancho Seco 11-3
The Dallas Sidekicks defeated Saltillo Rancho Seco 11-3 last Saturday at the Allen Event Center. New forward Alex Megson struck first just 56 seconds into the game scoring on a beautiful pass from forward Carlos Videla. Alex ended the game with two goals and one assist. The Sidekicks via a trade with Rochester acquired Megson on January 16th and the move has paid huge dividends for the Kicks with Alex earning 11 points in only four games.
Carlos Videla was involved again on the second score dishing a no-look behind the back assist for teammate defender Fabinho Leite who slammed the ball home with a one-timer. Videla was a force in the middle of the Saltillo Rancho Seco defense as they had little answer for the crafty forward all night.
The third goal in the first quarter came from Nestor Hernandez who made his triumphant return from injury earning two goals and two assists overall for the game. Megson assisted on Hernandez’s first goal and the two seem to have a nice on-field chemistry that Sidekicks fans hope will continue to develop as the two dynamic forwards gain more playing time together. In a nod to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Nestor Hernandez mimicked Bryant’s “Throw Up The X” post touchdown dance after Nestor’s goal.
The second quarter was a quiet one with no goals scored by either team. However, the Sidekicks punched the gas in the third quarter scoring eight times led by forward Freddy Moojen’s five goals. At times, Freddy seemed to score at-will as the forward is on a torrid point pace for the year. In just 15 games, Moojen has Major Arena Soccer League’s third highest goals scored (35) and he’s fifth in overall points with 46. Freddy’s 35 goals are the most goals scored since the franchise returned in 2012. Current Sidekicks head coach Tatu has the franchise record for most goals scored in a season with 78 during the 1990-91 season.
Another new face to the Sidekicks roster, midfielder Alex Molano was active in the third quarter doling out a game high three assists. The Sidekicks signed Molano on January 16th. Having played his entire professional soccer career outdoors, the young midfielder looks like he is gaining confidence with the faster-paced indoor soccer game. Midfielder Cameron Brown wrapped up the Sidekicks third quarter scoring rampage with his unassisted goal helping his team finish with the dominant 11-3 win.
The MASL trade deadline was February 1st and the Kicks were active signing former MLS Chicago Fire defender and Plano, Texas native Hunter Jumper to a contract. Hunter spent his entire college career at the University of Virginia and appeared in seven games scoring one goal for the Fire. The 25-year-old 6-foot-2 175-pound Jumper adds defensive depth to the Sidekicks for their playoff run.
The Sidekicks will return to Allen Event Center for their final two games to close out the regular season. It will be Date Night at Allen Event Center on Sunday, February 15 when Dallas hosts Brownsville at 3:00 p.m. The next week, Monterrey makes their only trip to Dallas this season for a 7:00 p.m. match on Fan Appreciation Night.
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