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Sidekicks to Host Must-Win Playoff Match Thursday against Rio Grande Valley

February 25, 2013 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Dallas Sidekicks News Release

ALLEN, Texas (Feb. 25, 2013) - The Dallas Sidekicks will host the Rio Grande Valley Flash in Game Two, Leg One of the PASL playoffs this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Allen Event Center. The Flash took a 1-0 series lead Sunday evening with a 5-4 overtime victory, so the match is a must-win for the Sidekicks to advance to the semifinals.

If the Sidekicks even out the series with a win Thursday night, the series will be decided with a 30-minute mini-game that would take place 15 minutes after the conclusion of Game Two. A tie in the mini-game would force an immediate shootout. The winner of the series will advance to the Ron Newman Cup semifinals on March 10 in San Diego.

The Sidekicks went 3-1 against Rio Grande Valley in the regular season, coming out on top twice at home and once on the road. The Sidekicks will be looking to remain undefeated at the Allen Event Center, finishing 8-0 at home during the regular season. The Flash, coached by Mariano Bollella, finished with a 12-4 regular season record, winning eight straight headed into the playoffs.

Standouts in Sunday's Game One included Sidekicks midfielder Ricardinho, who scored a hat trick that featured two shootout goals. Goaltending was key for both teams, the Sidekicks' Sagu and Rio Grande Valley goaltender Juan Gamboa with strong showings. Both teams will bring their A-game in the hopes of advancing to the next round in San Diego.

Thursday night's match will be streamed live PPV at

Individual and season tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit or call 214-550-6130. Follow the team on Twitter @GoSidekicks or on Facebook at .

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