Gordon Jago’s 30th Anniversary
Thirty years ago he came to Dallas on a handshake deal to coach the Sidekicks
This September marks the thirty year anniversary of former Dallas Cup Executive Director Gordon Jago’s arrival in Dallas to be the first Head Coach of the Dallas Sidekicks. Since 1984, he has left his fingerprints on the development of soccer in North Texas in numerous ways.
A “handshake deal” with Sidekicks’ owner Don Carter was the start of Jago’s Dallas soccer career. And what a career it has been. As head coach, Jago helped bring two indoor soccer championships to the Metroplex. He also served in various front office leadership roles, including as the Sidekicks’ President and General Manager, and WISL League Commissioner.
In 2003, Jago was hired as the Executive Director of the Dallas Cup, helping the premier tournament reach new levels of international prestige. He “retired” from Dallas Cup in 2012, but continues to serve as a Special Ambassador. He can also be heard on Dallas Sidekicks TV broadcasts as the color analyst.
Jago’s impact on the sport has not gone unnoticed. In 2006 he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. He is also an inaugural member of FC Dallas’ Walk of Fame, has been inducted into both the Sidekicks Hall of Fame and the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame, and was the 2010 recipient of the Disney’s Soccer Showcase Lifetime Achievement Award.
A hearty “thank you” from the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup staff and board members to our Dallas soccer icon, for all that you have done to help grow the sport of soccer in our area.