FC Dallas had three players named to MLSsoccer.com's 2014 24 Under 24, presented by adidas. The annual list highlights the top 24 players in Major League Soccer under the age of 24 as voted on by a panel of various members of the soccer media.
Fabian Castillo checks in at No. 3 on the list this season in the midst of a career year for the young Colombian. Castillo has accrued nine goals and four assists so far in 2014, including an 11-game point streak across all competitions over the summer. The 22-year-old forward has appeared on the list for four seasons running.
Mauro Diaz makes his 24 Under 24 debut at No. 6 in just his first full year in MLS. The Argentine playmaker has three goals and three assists in what's been an injury-shortened 2014 season. All three of those assists and two of the goals came in the month of March when Diaz was voted Etihad Airways Player of the Month.
The final Dallas player to make the cut in 2014 is rookie Tesho Akindele. The first year forward came in at No. 23 after breaking the FC Dallas franchise record for goals by a rookie with seven scored on the year (so far). The Colorado School of Mines product has also contributed three assists this season and is widely considered a leading contender for 2014 Rookie of the Year.
What do you think of FCD's three representatives on this year's 24 Under 24? Should any other Dallas players have made the cut? Let us know in the comments section below.
David Ferreira is in the running for MLSsoccer.com's Top 3 Performers of the Month for his output through five games in March.
The FC Dallas captain scored a goal or an assist in four of FCD's first five matches. Ferreira's lone goal came in the club's only loss of the season, 3-1, to Chivas USA.
El Torito also set up FCD's game-winning goals against the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution, with his third assist of the month coming on Dallas' second goal in a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo.
You can vote for Ferriera to be one of the Top 3 Performers of the Month here.
Midfielder David Ferreira recently did an interview with Spanish media outlet MARCA.com in which the former MLS MVP discussed his highly-anticipated return from injury last month and what FC Dallas needs to do to finish the season strong.
Ferreira also discusses the impact of Colombian players in Major League Soccer, the latest Colombian national team selection and the recent rise of countryman Radamel Falcao.
Click here to read the full interview in Spanish on MARCA.com.
Below are a few translated excerpts from Ferreira's interview:
On his feeling since returning in early July...
"I feel good. I’m getting better little by little and I’m trying to get back to a higher level where I will be able to help the team return to our objective of making the playoffs."
On turning the season around for FC Dallas...
"It’s really a matter of developing a good soccer team. We have gotten better the last couple of games but we know that we can’t afford to lose more points at home. That is the objective."
On Colombian players in MLS...
"I believe it’s important. The Colombian players that have passed through the league have left a name. Because of this, MLS teams have collected many Colombian players. We hope that more will come."