Baltimore Blast President and General Manager Kevin Healey announced that Sagu, the Blast’s veteran goalkeeper, will not return to the Blast for the 2012-13 MISL season. After eight seasons with Baltimore’s indoor soccer franchise, Sagu will return to Dallas where his professional U.S. career began. The Blast will start the 2012-13 MISL season in early November.
“The first time I saw Sagu was when he was the goalie for Dallas,” said Blast Owner Ed Hale. “We were in need of a top-flight goalie when he came to Baltimore. He exceeded all our expectations, winning three championships and four Goalkeeper of the Year awards. We wish him and his wife the best in their future in Dallas.”
Sagu, the MVP of the 2009 Championship Game, earned seven All-League selections during his time in Baltimore. He boasted an 11-4 regular season record during the 2008-09 season and led the Blast to a 6-5 victory in the championship game. Sagu joined the Blast prior to the 2004-05 season via a trade with Cleveland (for Chris Handsor) after the Force acquired him in the dispersal draft. In eight Blast seasons Sagu went 95-61, averaging more than 11 wins a year. Sagu, who served as team captain for the 2011-12 season, was named Goalkeeper of the Year four of the last five seasons and won championships with the Blast in 2006, 2008 and 2009. En route to last season’s Championship Series appearance, Sagu went 15-5 and was twice named the MISL Goalkeeper of the Month. He ended his career in Baltimore by leading the MISL with 15 wins and a 9.61 points allowed average, earning the MISL’s 2012 PAA award.
Upon returning to Dallas, Sagu will coach youth goalkeepers at the club level and join the Dallas Sidekicks of the PASL. Sagu began his career with the Sidekicks and was named WISL Goalkeeper of the Year and First-Team All-WISL in 2000 and 2001.
“Before I moved to Baltimore I lived in Dallas and everyone who knows me knows that I always wanted to go back after my retirement from the Blast,” said Sagu. “I got an excellent opportunity to go back and I can’t let it pass. I’m thinking now about my future coaching goalkeepers and this is a choice I made for my future.”
(FROM PRESS RELEASE)