Tatu, Gordon Jago inducted into Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame
When it comes to indoor soccer in Dallas, no name is more synonymous with the sport than Tatu. This month the legendary forward and Gordon Jago, the talented coach and administrator who discovered him and led the Dallas Sidekicks to multiple indoor soccer championships, will both be honored with an induction into the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame.
The ISHOF selection committee includes important figures in the game such as Ron Newman, Kenny Cooper, Al Miller, Otto Orf and current MISL coaches Keith Tozer and Kim Roentved. To be considered, players must have played at least six seasons through 1978-1992 when the original MISL and NASL dominated the indoor scene. Also included in voting are coaches, builders and administrators who made an impact on the sport.
One of the most accomplished indoor soccer players of all time, former player and current Sidekicks Head Coach Tatu, certainly fits the bill. Tatu retired from playing on March 23, 2003, after 21 seasons of indoor soccer, 18 with the Sidekicks. In his career, the Brazil native scored 857 career goals and 728 assists, putting him at or near the top of nearly every all-time indoor soccer statistical category.
The forward was part of all four Sidekicks championship teams (1987, 1993, 1998, 2001) and became famous for throwing his jersey into the stands after scoring a goal. Tatu is a six-time MVP, 11-time scoring champion, 12-time all-star, and three-time championship series MVP. He holds Sidekicks franchise records for seasons played (18), games played (557), goals (736), assists ( 672), points (1408), shots (4182), power play goals (98), game-winning goals (68), and overtime goals (7). Tatu took over as head coach of the Sidekicks in 1998 and that season was named both Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. His overall coaching record with the Sidekicks is 106-73.
"It is such an honor to be included in this group with so many good players, many of whom were former teammates and rivals," Tatu said. "I am especially excited to be able to share the night with Gordon, who has been a good friend and mentor to me for so many years."
Jago’s ties with Tatu date back to the early 80’s. He is credited with discovering the forward, introducing him to the indoor game, and eventually bringing him to Dallas when Jago was hired as the first-ever Head Coach of the Sidekicks in 1984. The Englishman went on to coach the team for 12 seasons between 1984-1989 and 1992-1997. With the Sidekicks his coaching record was 263-230. He was named Coach of the Year in both the 1985-86 (MISL) and 1993 (CISL) seasons. Jago won two championships with the Sidekicks in 1987 and 1993.
In addition to his coaching duties, Jago doubled as General Manger, General Partner, and Team President at various times throughout his Sidekicks career. After the Sidekicks, he became President of the World Indoor Soccer League from 1998 until its merger with the MISL for the 2002 season. He is currently Ambassador and Special Consultant to the Dallas Cup and rejoined the Sidekicks family in 2012 as member of the broadcast team with Norm Hitzges. In recognition of his achievements, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.
“I am very honored to receive the award, for I have nothing but good memories of my years with the Sidekicks in the indoor soccer leagues,” Jago said. “It is a reward not only for me, but also to all of the assistant coaches, staff, and players whose efforts made it possible for me to be selected.”