On Sunday afternoon, the Dallas Sidekicks (2-16) lost 6-4 to San Diego Sockers (12-6) following back-to-back losses in California against Ontario Fury and Turlock Cal Express.
After being eliminated from the 2020 MASL playoffs, the Sidekicks were looking to stun the California team. Despite losing the game, Brazilian forward Luiz Felipe Xavier de Andrade was named Man of the Match as he managed to score twice and provide an assist. His tally reached 13 goals in his inaugural season with the Sidekicks.
“We should’ve converted the goals,” Luiz Felipe Andrade commented. “If we would have had, the scoreboard would’ve been different. They had the chances to score and succeeded, we also had chances, but we were unlucky.”
San Diego kicked off the match with two goals within a minute and a half of the first game. During the first quarter, Dallas was more dominant, but the early goals for San Diego gave them the comfortable lead. Both teams had chances to score but were unable to do so.
Freddy Moojen and Victor Almendariz’s shots found the back of the net, respectively, scoring their 15th and sixth goal of the season. What seemed and felt like the Sidekicks would turn the game around after being leveled 4-4, Sockers’ player Brian Farber would score two essential goals to extend the away side’s lead 6-4. Farber, following his two goals, reached a 15-goal tally for a personal-best record in the regular season.
The Sidekicks loss makes it their tenth straight loss this season.
Currently sitting last place of the Western Conference, the Sidekicks have five games left, including a match on Friday in the fourth edition of the Texas Derby when they face the Mesquite Outlaws (6-12). The Sidekicks will look to get their first win of the season against the crosstown rivals.
“We will keep our heads up,” Andrade said, “we will play like we still have a chance to qualify for the playoffs.”
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