Juan Gamboa Awarded 2022-23 MASL’s Joseph Cairel Award

by Felicia Suominen

Allen, Texas (June 13, 2023)Dallas Sidekicks goalkeeper Juan Gamboa has been selected as the 2022-23 MASL’s Joseph Cairel Award winner. The Cairel Award is given annually to the player that most closely embodies what Joseph Cariel was known for. Being the player with the most heart, a glue guy in the locker room, and great in the community.

“Juan is an outstanding member in the community with dedication to the youth both within the educational system and coaching for soccer. He is a full time Spanish teacher as well as coaching middle schools and high school soccer teams while also helping in other high school/middle school sports as a coach as well,” said Jesse Llamas, Sidekicks president. “Juan leads our team through his work ethic and poise on and off the field. As a veteran of the game and active community member for the youth, we believe he is a great candidate for this award.”

Each team submitted their nominations and they were voted on by the MASL staff and media.

Cairel played for the Ontario Fury and Tacoma Stars, and passed suddenly in a boating accident in 2020.

“Cairel was always smiling, always cheering up his teammates. He was a hard worker on the field with some serious speed, and off the field was just a great character having a good time with his teammates. He was definitely a fan favorite and a great teammate to our guys,” Cairel’s team said of the late player.


The Dallas Sidekicks is an American professional indoor soccer team of the Major Arena Soccer League. The organization was established in 1984, is headquartered in Allen, Texas, and plays all home games at the Allen Event Center. Follow the Sidekicks at www.dallassidekicks.com and on their social media. 

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The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The MASL features teams across North America, with teams playing coast-to-coast in the United States and Mexico. The MASL is currently incorporated as a 501(c)6 not for profit corporation formed to promote the business and sport of arena soccer.