Brazilian Forward Signs with Dallas Sidekicks

Luiz Felipe Marques de Sousa signs with the Sidekicks for the 2019-2020 season

The Dallas Sidekicks have signed forward Luiz Felipe Marques De Sousa for the 2019-2020 MASL season. This will be De Sousa’s first season with the Sidekicks. Per team and league policies, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

De Sousa grew up in Tampa, Florida, but he was born in Espirito Santo Vilha Velha, Brazil. He grew up playing soccer wherever he could in Brazil and then moved to the United States when he was a teenager. He played soccer in college, at Florida Gulf Coast University and the University of Tampa, along with playing on select clubs in Texas and Florida.

This past offseason De Sousa played outdoors for Dallas City FC of the NPSL. He started practicing with the Sidekicks during the 2014-2015 season and has progressively been invited back for more practices, including the majority of all practices in the 2018-2019 season. His hard work has culminated into a professional contract and he couldn’t be happier about it.

“I love the staff, I like the people around it, the players, I know a lot of them too. It was a lot of fun, it’s been so easy for me to come here and just play and not worry about anything.”

He has spent the majority of his career playing outdoor soccer or futsal, but he has been practicing with the Sidekicks since 2014-2015 and he understands the nuances of the game.

“They [Sidekicks] made this so much easier to go from a big field to indoor. They made my job so much easier. I just fell in love with it, it’s soccer either way it doesn’t matter if it’s a big field or a small field, it’s just having a ball with me. It’s always fun, especially when people make your job easy.”