Legendary indoor goalkeeper Sagu has rejoined the Sidekicks, the team he began his career with thirteen years ago.
“My career began in Dallas. I have fond memories of my days there, and that’s where I always wanted to end my career,” said Sagu.
After playing his first two U.S. professional indoor seasons with the Sidekicks, Sagu, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, spent the last eight seasons with the Baltimore Blast of the MISL. In Baltimore, he was named All-League seven times, was Goalkeeper of the Year five times, and helped the Blast win three championships.
“Every good team starts with a great goalkeeper, so we are thrilled to welcome Sagu back to the Dallas Sidekicks organization, said Sidekicks Head Coach and General Manager Tatu. “He brings experience and leadership to our team. This is a fantastic beginning for us, and we are so excited to welcome Sagu home.”
Sagu expects to spend several more seasons in goal with the Sidekicks, as both player and coach. “Goalkeepers are like fine wine–they get better with age,” he joked. “But now that I am in the later stages of my playing career, I want to give something back to the younger generation. I look forward to teaching younger goalkeepers and I want to coach after my playing days are over.”
When Sagu is not practicing, coaching or spending time with his family, he can often be found at Sidekicks promotional appearances and fan meet and greets. Sagu’s enthusiasm and love for the North Texas soccer community are evident by his willingness to get out, meet fans and promote the return of the Sidekicks each weekend.
Team ownership is excited about Sagu’s return to a Sidekicks uniform.
“The addition of Sagu, along with our open player tryouts, are the first steps in building a great team for our fans,” added majority owner Ronnie Davis. “We can’t wait to kick off the season on November 3rd.”
Player Bio: Sagu
Born: March 21, 1973 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Previous Clubs: Baltimore Blast, E.C. Corinthians Paulista, Palmeiral, Rio Branco De Paranagua, Rio Branco De Andradas
Personal: Full name is Edilson Francisco Xavier, nicknamed “Sagu” by his mother.