DALLAS — When it comes to indoor soccer, nothing comes close to the tradition-rich aura of the Dallas Sidekicks. Tatu, the best player in the history, countless championships, but most of all — Reunion Arena.

The building has developed such a storied reputation, many teams psych themselves out before the game even starts, something the Dallas Mavericks would love to accomplish.

"They have a lot of tradition on their side," said Utah Freezz midfielder Rob Baarts. "They've always been known as a winning team."

If the Utah Freezz want to move one step to their first WISL championship, they must overcome that tradition. The semifinal match begins at 6:30 p.m.

Perhaps the underlying story of the match is confidence. Aside for the obvious extra adrenaline the players will feel because of the playoff atmosphere, they insist they're confident, and not simply because their coach says so. Utah handed Dallas one of its three home losses this year, and that built confidence.

"That win was huge for the confidence of our team," said player-coach Jeff Betts.

The teams split the season series 2-2.


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