Ferreira showing all-around play for FCD

Attacking midfielder is cracking down on defense to help FCD win

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When FC Dallas fans think of David Ferreira, one word comes
to mind: offense.

Of course, offense should be first and foremost when fans
think of their starting central attacking midfielder. So far this season,
however, what has been more impressive about the Colombian has not been his offense but rather his ability to be a two-way player.

“Going forward but coming back to help on defense is
something that I’ve also been taught at other clubs,” said Ferreira. “I want to
attack, but I also know that defending will make me better, so I’m willing to come
back and defend.”

FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman could not be any more pleased
with his player’s mentality.

“He’s probably one of the best difference-makers in the
league who also works on the other side of the ball,” he said.

Although Ferreira has improved on defense, his offense has
been lacking, with three assists and no goals to his name. His latest assist
came in a 1-0 win over DC United, when he fed Jeff Cunningham in
the 68th minute for the game’s only tally. But while the skilled
midfielder has yet to score, he isn’t worried in the least.

“I’m patient," he said. "I’m not scoring goals, but I’m helping my teammates
score goals. As long as the team wins, I don’t care who scores the
goals as long as we keep winning.”

However, Hyndman would like to see Ferreira finish his
opportunities, much like the one he missed against D.C. United.

“We need him to be a little bit more of a goal scorer,” he
said. “We can’t just depend on Jeff to be the lone striker, but I think that’s
going to come.”

Hyndman has little cause to be worried about his attacking midfielder's production. Last year, he didn’t score his first goal until Game 14 against San
Jose.

Like the rest of his teammates,  Ferreira would like to see
his team add to their their win total, something they will get
a chance to do Thursday night against the unbeaten LA Galaxy.

“In the past games, we didn’t have that concentration and
that focus to close the game out and continue winning,” he said. “In these past few games, we’ve focused and squeezed out wins that we needed to. It’s very
important that our team continues to go forward and win.”

Until the ball starts flying from Ferreira’s boots and
into the back of FCD opponents’ nets, he will do all he can to help his team
win, whether through assists or by cracking down on defense.